We all know that eating well takes a lot of discipline. Here some helpful facts about carrots to motivate that choice between pizza and the fresh veggies in your box!
According to the CDC 11.5% of adults in the U.S. suffer from cardiovascular disease. That’s 26.5 MILLION people.
Luckily, a new 10-year study from the Netherlands has some encouraging news. Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the study tracked the diet of 20,069 men and women. Researchers categorized food by color, and found that those who ate “orange/yellow” colored vegetables on a regular basis saw a reduction in heart disease by 32%!
So, what’s in carrots that is so heart healingly wonderful?
How, you may ask, does fiber benefit the heart? Well, There are two types of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble. Both are necessary for your body, but soluble fiber lowers LDL cholesterol, reducing plaque in your arteries and making it easier for blood to circulate through your body. One≥ cup of chopped carrots contains, roughly, 14% of your daily fiber value.
A commonly held belief is that carrots will help you see well. If you’re like 75% of most Americans, you need glasses. While eating a carrot won’t give you night vision, it definitely will help the overall health of your eye. What makes carrots so good for your eyes is the extremely high content of vitamin A. And I when I say high content, I mean high. One cup of chopped carrots has 427% of your daily value of Vitamin A. Crazy, I know, but true. When eaten, vitamin A is converted to retinol, which strengthens the membrane around your eyes. This membrane helps light travel through your eyes and gets the correct message to your brain about what you’re seeing.
Carrots have so many different kinds of antioxidants you need a chemistry degree to pronounce all of those words (hydroxycinnamic acid and anthocyanindins, for example)! What’s important to remember is that antioxidants help your body dispense of free radicals, which helps decrease cancer.
Moral of the story is: eat your carrots! They’re really tasty and they might just help you live longer. That’s enough to get me to start eating more of them. They are tasty raw, so you can really get all the nutrients from them. They also go really well with ranch.