Vegetarian Food Bali community encourages all people to consume carrot. Carrot is one of the world’s healthiest food. Carrots, the orange-colored a crunchy root vegetable that we all know is extremely good for our health. Although carrots that we found are usually orange in color, there are other variations of carrots that also exist such as red, white, purple, black, and yellow-colored carrot. Many people consumed carrots regularly because of its low cost and it is very easy to be found as it is available all year round. It is very versatile as well. It can be used in savory dishes, juices, and cakes and it can be consumed whole and raw with dips, boiled or steamed, and shredded in a salad.
Most of the carrots’ benefits come from the high quantity of vitamin A that contained within it. Vitamin A is the most known nutrient that can be found inside carrots. Yet, there are many other nutrients contained in carrots such as Vitamin K, Vitamin B8, Vitamin C, potassium, iron, pantothenic acid, folate, copper, manganese, and anti-oxidants. Carrots consist of starch and sugar like sucrose and glucose as it mainly composed of water and carbohydrates.
Carrots are known as a very healthy food because it has impressive health benefits including:
1. Helps prevent cancer
As we know, carrots are rich in antioxidant and several studies have shown it can reduce the risk of cancer such as breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. The beta-carotene contained in carrots helps to inverse the development of colon cancer. Carrots may be used to kill leukemia cells and inhibit their progression and also protect you against prostate cancer.
2. Improves body immunity
The vitamin C in carrots helps to stimulate the activities of white blood cells that are primarily responsible for protecting our body from foreign objects and harmful diseases. It helps to strengthen our immunity system with a number of antiseptic and antibacterial properties it has.
3. Improves vision
Even since long ago we have been told that carrots are good for our eyes. Carrots highly contain beta-carotene, which is necessary for night vision. It has also been shown beta-carotene helps to protect against senile cataracts and macular degeneration so that people who consume large amounts of beta-carotene had a lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed only a little amount.
4. Helps to control diabetes
People susceptible to Type-2 diabetes may be able to reduce the risk of developing the condition by consuming beta-carotene (found in carrots). Carrots have carotenoids which inversely affect insulin resistance and thus lower blood sugar and help diabetic patients to lead a happy and healthy life. Carotenoids also help to regulate the amount of insulin and glucose that is being used and metabolized by the body and thus provides a more even and healthy fluctuation for diabetic patients.
5. Regulates blood pressure
Carrots are a rich source of potassium which is a vasodilator. This means that potassium helps to decrease or relax the blood pressure in your arteries and veins and increases blood flow and circulation. This, in turn, boosts organ function throughout the body and reduces stress on the cardiovascular system. When the cardiovascular system is stress-free, the chances of health disorders like atherosclerosis, strokes, and heart attacks are significantly reduced.
6. Takes care of your heart
Carrots are found to reduce the cholesterol levels in your blood. High cholesterol is a major cause for most of the heart diseases. A research report shows that cholesterol level drops by an average of 11 percent if seven ounces of raw carrots are consumed daily for a period of three weeks.