It is believed that carrots were cultivated by the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

 

Carrots are available nearly anywhere in the world and belong to the Umbelliferae family, a term derived from the umbrella-like flower cluster on top of the plants in this family.

 

Colours of carrots first ranged from black, pink, purple, red, yellow and white before the more common orange variety emerged just after the fifth century.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • It is true, carrots are good for your eyes as they contain very high levels of vitamin A from the conversion of its beta-carotenes which is an essential nutrient for good vision. (1) (2)

 

  • High in Vitamin C along with the antioxidant anthocyanin which provides ultraviolet radiation protection and prevents infection in cuts and scrapes. (3)

 

  • Supplies healthy levels of phosphorus which is essential for softening skin and strengthening teeth, hair, and bones. (4)

 

  • Good levels of fibre which is important to flush toxins and cleanse the colon. (5)

 

  • Contain magnesium which stimulates brain development, digestion of fats, and nutrient absorption. (6)

 

  • Raw carrot contain high levels of potassium which helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. (7)

 

  • A good source of iron which is needed to provide oxygen to red blood cells. (8)

 

 

Recommendation

The darker the colour (particularly the roots) the higher the nutrient content. (9)

 

Carrot Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 41
Calories from Fat 2
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 %
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 69 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 10 g 3%
Dietary Fibre 3 g 11%
Sugar 5 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A334% Vitamin C 10%
Calcium3% Iron 2%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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