Carrot is one of the most loved vegetables among kids. We all know that carrots are good for the eyes, but the health benefits of carrot are many . Carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange in color however, carrots in purple, red, yellow, white and black do exist. carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Generally carrots are narrow and cone shaped. One can eat it raw or they can be boiled, steamed and cooked. Carrot has a crunchy texture and a sweet flavor which makes it a gifted vegetable.
The following is the nutritional profile for one cup chopped raw carrot.
|Nutrients||Amount||% daily value*|
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* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice
Vitamin A: Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. This nutrient promotes good vision and is important for growth. One cup of raw carrot provides 430% of daily value for vitamin A. (How to retain Vitamin A in food?)
Vitamin K: Carrot is an outstanding source of vitamin K. this vitamin plays an important role in building strong bones and is also required for blood to clot. One cup of raw carrot provides 21% of daily value for vitamin K.
Vitamin C: Carrot provides Vitamin C also, which supports your immune system and helps your body to absorb iron. One cup of raw carrot provides 13% of daily value for vitamin c.
B vitamins: Vitamin B-6 helps assemble amino acids into proteins, while thiamine supports nerve and brain function. One cup serving of raw chopped carrots provides 9% of the daily value for vitamin B-6 and 6% each of the daily values for thiamine, niacin and folate.
Plant compounds in carrots: Carrots are a great source of many plant compounds, especially carotenoids, such as beta carotene and lutein.
Health benefits of carrot
Following are the benefits of carrot for kids and adults also
These root vegetables absorb lots of nutrients from the soil like phosphorus, sulfur, magnesium (how does this mineral help with stress?), calcium along with being rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants that together protect against diseases and illness and make them best immunity food for kids. The antioxidants, apart from helping the body against free radical damage, guard the body against harmful bacteria, viruses and inflammation. ( Tips and foods for immunity building)
One of the most important benefits of carrot is for eye health. Carrot is a rich source of vitamin A, which plays a crucial role in vision by maintaining a clear cornea, which is the outer covering of your eye. Rhodopsin, a protein present in eyes that helps to see in low light, is a component of vitamin A. Carrots are a rich source of beta carotene and lutein, which are antioxidants that can help prevent eye damage caused by free radicals. ( How to improve weak eyesight?)
Good for digestive health:
Carrots are high in fiber and help in maintaining good digestive health. Fiber makes your stool bulky which helps it pass smoothly through the digestive tract and prevents conditions like constipation. (Tips and foods for constipation)
The primary step to lose weight is proper digestion. If you are on diet you should include foods that are high in fiber and carrot is one of them. Eating more fibers gives you the feeling of fullness i.e., they release the satiety hormones. It also helps in digestion. This makes us eat less naturally, hence promoting weight loss. ( Natural ways to reduce weight)
Promote skin and hairs health:
Benefits of carrot also includes healthy skin and hair. Vitamin A in carrots promotes firm, elastic and healthy skin. Beta carotene that gives carrots their orange color will also brighten your skin and make it glow. It also helps in nourishing dry skin because they are packed with potassium. It helps repair skin tissues while also protecting skin from harmful radiation. Carrots provide your hair with vital vitamins, making your hairs stronger, thicker and shinier than ever before. (How to get glowing skin and healthy hairs?)
Carrots are a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. This orange vegetable can help to deworm your kid and in other stomach disorders too. Beta-carotene has the ability to destroy the eggs of intestinal worms. Eating it raw after washing properly can be the best home remedy for deworming kids. Carrot scrapes the mucus which is home for these parasites and helps to push away these worms out of the intestine. (Why deworming in kids is necessary?)
Carrot as first baby food:
Carrots are good baby solid food to start due to its smooth texture, sweet taste and nutritional values. It is a good source of vitamin A which is important for eye health, vitamin B6 which can provide the best skin, hairs and helps in better liver functioning. Carrot is also rich in fiber thus, helps to prevent constipation in babies. Finely chop or grate carrot and boil it. Retain the water to make puree or to mash it. (Foods and recipes for 6 months old baby)
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