What are the health benefits of carrots?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Carrots are notorious for helping keep your vision sharp. But that is not the only reason carrots are healthy. Epithelial cells line your mucus membranes. Vitamin A plays a role in keeping these cells healthy. When you eat carrots you are getting a large dose of Vitamin A and this in turn helps you fight infections and viruses.
Carrots, Bugs Bunny's favorite vegetable, aren't just good for our eyes. An excellent source of beta-carotene, carrots are also good for healthy skin, growth and a strong immune system, and contain phytochemicals that may offer protection from heart disease and certain cancers.
Carrots support eye and skin health, bolster immune function and demonstrate cancer-prevention potential with their ability to neutralize free radicals and promote communication between cells. In an animal study, British and Danish researchers found that a carrot compound called falcarinol reduced the risk of developing cancerous tumors by a third.

Note: Though raw carrots make a healthy and tasty snack, cooked carrots provide greater amounts of vitamin A because the cooking process breaks down the cell walls, enhancing nutrient absorption.


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Health Value Of Foods

Health Value Of Foods

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