Carrot Nutrition

With all that carrot nutrition, it’s no wonder bunnies look so happy and healthy. 

Carrot Nutrition

Carrots are truly a gift from mother earth as they are naturally sweet, delicious and provide much needed dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Listed below are some of the main benefits that carrots offer:

They are an excellent source of beta carotene which the body turns into much needed Vitamin A and antioxidants. 

In a nut shell, Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin, hair, eyes, bones and teeth.  This vitamin also enhances the body’s immunity and helps prevent the common cold, flu and infections.

Antioxidants are extremely important because they reduce the everyday cell damage our bodies encounter from the environment we live in, such as air pollution, toiletries, cleaning products and other chemicals that surround us.

This reduction of cell damage slows down the aging process, helps detoxify the body, maintains good health and assists in disease prevention.

This vegetable also offers adequate amounts of dietary fiber which maintains regular bowel movements and can prevent constipation.  Studies have shown that high fiber diets can help reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Also offers potassium, a mineral that is essential for maintaining the pH levels in our body fluids. It plays an important role with the following functions:
• Regulates blood pressure
• Blood sugar maintenance
• Muscle function (helps prevent muscle cramping)
• Nervous system
• Heart function
• Kidney function
• Adrenal functions
• Bone mass and strength
• Needed for proper muscle growth

Also included is vitamin C which helps strengthens the immune system and helps the body absorb iron.

Provides calcium which maintains healthy bones and helps prevent osteoporosis.

Another precious gift is the iron this vegetable provides for us. The most important function of iron is to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. If we are iron deficient we may get tired and sick more often. 

Do carrots really improve eye sight? 

Apparently it’s true.  Carrots are loaded with beta carotene and when consumed turns into Vitamin A.  This vitamin prevents night blindness and other eye disorders.

Unfortunately I became extremely near sited by the age of nine and have since had two laser surgeries to help improve my sight.  The surgeries did help but did not completely solve my eye sight issues.  

So every day I enjoy my most favorite glass of juice that I call “The Daily Pleaser”, hoping that this will help improve my eyesight.  You can get the recipe on my juicing recipes page. 

Well, I’m not really sure if it is helping my eyesight per say but drinking that veggie juice daily makes me feel energetic and helps decrease my appetite.  It is a great way to maintain your healthy body weight or help lose some of those extra pounds.

How to get more carrot nutrition in your diet:

You can enjoy this vegetable in many ways.  Here are some suggestions.

  • Enjoy raw carrot sticks solo or part of a veggie platter (make it fun and have a little dip with it)
  • Need a side vegetable with dinner but the fridge is looking pretty empty? Sometimes we forget about the o so lonely carrots in the bottom of the vegetable crisper.  Cooked or steamed they make a great side dish with many dinner choices.  Try adding a little butter and white pepper for extra flavor.
  • For all soup lovers a bowl of diet carrot soup is a warm and welcomed meal. I love almost all homemade soups because they not only offer nutrition but add needed water content to our diets. 
  • Making coleslaw is easy and a great way to enjoy shredded carrots and cabbage, what a fantastic nutritious combo. 

If you want to know more about juicing here are some helpful links:

Juicing Benefits

Juicing Tips

Types of Juicers - I prefer and use a twin gear juicer  (also known as a triturating juicer).  It produces amazingly fresh and healthy juices and is a great way to include carrot nutrition into any diet.

Wishing you health and happiness

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