Carrots are one of my absolute favorite vegetables to snack on because they are so versatile and tasty! Eaten raw, cooked, with dip, or added to your favorite recipe, they can appeal to all ages, and have some pretty great health benefits, too.
While orange is the most popular carrot color, did you know that there are many other colors out there? My produce boxes have included white, purple, and yellow carrots of all shapes and sizes.
Flavor wise, small, young carrots are typically mild and tender, while larger carrots are sweeter and more flavorful. Don’t confuse the “baby carrots” found at the store with “small carrots,” as baby carrots are typically large/mature carrots that were cut down and shaped (and washed in a chlorine bath for a longer shelf life).
Here are 7 major benefits of adding more carrots to your diet!:
- Dark orange carrots tend to have the highest concentration of antioxidant beta carotene and vitamin A.
- The beta-carotene found in carrots is not only good for improving your night vision, but for protecting against cataracts and glaucoma.
- Carrots may reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer due to a naturally occurring pesticide produced by carrots called falcarinol.
- The vitamin A found in carrots helps protect your skin from sun damage, helps improve the health of hair and nails, and helps prevent a variety of skin issues like premature wrinkling, dry skin, acne, and uneven skin tone. AND, it’s skin benefits are beneficial from the inside out, check out this great carrot based face mask – Carrot Face Mask
- Vitamin A is also great at regulating the functions of several organs – it helps the liver to flush toxins from the body and reduces bile and fat in the liver.
- The fibers present in carrots help “clean out” the colon 😉
- With their crunchy goodness, carrots stimulate the gums and trigger saliva production, which helps your mouth to balance out acid-forming (cavity-causing) bacteria.
Care and Storage: If you buy carrots with the leaves still on, cut them when you get home to avoid premature drying, and store in a plastic bag in your fridge.