Healthy And Fun Facts About Carrots
Carrots are low in calories, nutritionally balanced and tasty too.
- First Usage – For a variety of illnesses, people first grew carrots as medicine, not food.
- How Old Are They? – With historical records and drawings, carrots can be traced back about 5,000 years. Nobody knows precisely when the first carrots appeared, as they were mistaken by many for parsnips, a close relative of the carrot.
- Food Details – A carrot of medium size has 25 calories, 6 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber. The veggie is an excellent source of vitamin A, supplying in only one carrot more than 200 per cent of your daily requirement. Carrots are filled with beta-carotene, a natural substance which the body transforms into vitamin A. The darker the carrot is in orange, the more beta-carotene you get.
- Colors of carrot – Carrots are considered to be orange but can be black, yellow, red, and purple.
- A Surprising Carrot Hater – Mel Blanc, the cartoon character’s voice Bugs Bunny, actually didn’t like carrots.
Facts About Carrots You Didn’t Know
- Carrots contain fewer calories – Carrots contain very little fat and protein and the water content ranges from around 86-95 percent. Carrots also contain 10 percent carbohydrates and one medium raw carrot contains 25 calories, with only 4 grams of digestible carbohydrates.
- Carrots Contain dietary fibre – Carrots contain soluble fibre, which can reduce blood sugar levels by reducing sugar and starch digestion. Carrots often contain insoluble fibers that reduce the risk of constipation and promote frequent and safe movements of the intestines. On the glycaemic index scale carrots even rate low.
- Carrots are abundant in beta-carotene – Vitamin A and beta-carotene are particularly rich in carrots. 100 grams of fresh carrots contain 8.285 g beta-carotene and 16.706 IU of vitamin A. The flavonoid compounds in carrots often protect you from cancers of the skin, lungs and oral cavity.
- Carrots Are Full of Minerals – Do you know that carrots will provide all the minerals you need to keep you healthy? They contain copper, manganese, calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, and magnesium which strengthen the bones. Eating carrots daily should help you meet your usual mineral requirements.
- Carrots Are Abundant In Antioxidants – Beta-carotene present in carrots is one of the powerful natural antioxidants that protect the human body from free radicals derived from oxygen.
- Carrot Roots Are Nutritious – The carrot’s fresh roots are also strong in vitamin C, supplying about 9 percent of the RDA. Vitamin C helps the body keep its connective tissue, teeth and gum healthy.
These are some healthy facts about carrots.
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