Goa’s Bounty: Carrots (Daucus carota)
Carrots are very popular for their crunchy texture and sweet taste and can be eaten raw or cooked. They are an excellent source of nutrients and disease fighting phytonutrients.
Carrots are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and dietary fibre. Carrots provide just 48 Kcal per 100 g. They are an exceptionally rich source of carotenes, especially beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A. Beta carotene is a very powerful antioxidant that protects the body from cancer by scavenging harmful free radicals. Making carrots a part of a regular diet provides a host of health benefits like cancer prevention, improved eyesight, prevention of eye disorders, anti aging, healthy and beautiful skin and detoxification.
Studies have shown that diets rich in carotenoids lower the risk of heart disease. The soluble fibre present in carrots helps lower cholesterol levels. Carrots also help to regulate blood sugar levels in the body.
Fresh carrots are also rich in vitamin C, which also has antioxidant properties. Vitamin C helps the body maintain healthy connective tissue, teeth and gums. This vegetable is also rich in B- complex vitamins.
Carrots are good sources of minerals potassium and manganese, and also contain some amount of iron, calcium, sodium, zinc, copper, selenium molybdenum and fluoride. Carrot greens can be also eaten and are rich in vitamin K.
Considering all the benefits carrots have to offer, make sure to include carrot a day as part of your regular vegetable consumption. Carrots
can be added to your stir-fried veggies, raita or tossed in your salad and soups; they also make a tasty accompaniment to your roast chicken or grilled meats.