What could be the probable reason your mama kept on insisting that ‘you should eat carrots’? For instance, carrots boosts your health or they will help you see things especially at night
Carrots are root vegetables, which are so good for our health. It is believed that they were first cultivated in the area now known as Afghanistan thousands of years ago as a small forked purple or yellow root with a woody and bitter flavour, resembling nothing of the carrot we know today.
The current orange carrot was developed and stabilised by Dutch growers in the 16th and 17th centuries. The modern day carrot has been bred to be sweet, crunchy and aromatic.
One medium sized carrot can contain 25 calories, 6 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein. Carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A, C, Calcium and Iron.
The bright orange colour of a carrot is from an antioxidant called beta-carotene. The beta-carotene is absorbed in the intestine and converted into Vitamin A during digestion.
Carrots also contain fibre, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc. From the nutrition part of the carrots, they also have various health benefits to human body:
Clean Healthy Teeth and Gum
The crunchy nature of a fresh carrot cleans your teeth and mouth. They scrap off plaque and food particles just like a toothbrush and toothpaste. Carrots stimulate gums and trigger saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid forming, the cavity forming bacteria.
Cleanses the Body
Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. These reduce fat in the liver. The fibres in carrots clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.
Better and Improved Vision
Carrots are rich beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A in the liver, then transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.
High levels of Beta-carotene in carrots acts as antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It helps slow down the ageing of cells.
Healthy Glowing Skin
Deficiencies of vitamin A causes dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A and antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage. Vitamins prevent premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, uneven skin tone.
Studies have shown that carrots are good for prevention of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer, where carrots have anti- cancer effects due to antioxidant power in them.
The health benefits from the carrots are so many we cannot exhaust them.
As much as carrots have health benefits, they also have some reactions to the body where:
Overconsumption of carotene may cause a slight tinge in skin colour though not harmful to your health.
Vitamin A can be toxic to humans but is unlikely to be achieved through diet only not unless you use more of vitamin supplements.