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10 Benefits of Carrots: The Crunchy Powerfood


Fun Facts on Carrots

  • Rabbits love to eat carrots but they shouldnít eat too much.
    Remember that a rabbit eating a single carrot is like us eating over 20!† They like the sweetness and carrots are good for their teeth and don’t have white sugar but even too too many natural sugars will cause digestive problems and diabetes. They probably would do better with the carrot tops.† We would benefit from the tops also but probably wonít eat them!
  • Carrots are the second most popular type of vegetable after potatoes.
  • The biggest carrot recorded is more than 19 pounds and the longest is over 19 feet!
    You can see them here:† biggest carrot – but they arenít particularly pretty!
  • There are over 100 species of carrots.
    Some are big. Some are small and they come in a variety of colors including: orange, purple, white, yellow, and red.
  • English women in the 1600ís often wore carrot leaves in their hats in place of flowers or feathers.
  • The name “carrot” comes from the Greek word “karoton.”
    The beta-carotene that is found in carrots was actually named for the carrot itself!
  • The average American eats about 12 pounds of carrots a year.
    Thatís only one cup per week.† We could easily triple that with great benefits if we were also eating a variety of other vegetables.

How To Eat Carrots
The nutrition in carrots are tightly encased in protein sacs that have to be broken by heat (cooking) or mechanical action (grinding, juicing, proper chewing).

Cooking the carrots in fat or oils, or pureeing or juicing them increases the availability of carotenoids by 600 percent.
Fats help the absorption of carotenoids into the blood by 1000 percent as carotenoids are fat soluble.

Recipes with Carrots:
Carrots with Arame: Seaweed recipe for health.
Carrots with Orange: A surprising but delightful combination….and it’s fast!
Chili Con Vege: Diana’s version of chili filled with carrots.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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8:30AM PDT on May 22, 2015

Thanks

7:35AM PDT on Apr 9, 2015

Yum!

10:00PM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

Love them :)

10:00PM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

Love them :)

5:04AM PDT on Mar 24, 2015

wow

3:56PM PDT on Mar 22, 2015

Yummy!

1:45PM PDT on Mar 9, 2015

Sounds like time to make a carrot n celery soup. Thank you.

3:53AM PST on Mar 4, 2015

It's up to individual difference

12:44PM PST on Feb 23, 2015

Thanks

9:32AM PST on Feb 21, 2015

Good thing that I like eating carrots. No suprise: Bug Bunny was my childhood hero lmao

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