What are they?
Carrots are one kind of root vegetables which are native to both European and southwestern Asian countries from 2000 BC. Nowadays, China is the country that produces half of the number of carrots for the world.
Carrots can be found in all time of the year, but the most delicious carrots are grown in summer and fall. There are many kinds of carrots which are different in sizes and colours such as orange, black and purple.
Carrots have their reputation from the rich source of beta carotene1. This powerful antioxidant can be converted into vitamin A, which then supports the health of our eyes as well as the complexion of our skins.
Eating carrots make our body provide more saliva and essential enzymes that support the digestion and also prevent digestive disorders like gastric ulcers.
They are so high in soluble fibre they can help our body reduce bad cholesterol as well as other heart diseases. Carrots are also very helpful if you want to have a regular and healthy bowel movement.
Phytonutrients found in carrots reduces the risk of colon cancer and promote the overall health of our colon.
How to use them?
- You can eat carrots when it is raw or you can steam, grill and bake them. Remember to leave the skin on if possible as they contain the most nutritious value.
- Soups: They can be used to make carrot soup or vegetable soup with carrots, onions, tomatoes and potatoes.
- Salads: Try to combine carrots with beets and apples to make a salad.
- Carrot juice: It is also a delicious choice of juice or you can mix them with orange juice.
- Cakes: You can use them to make carrot cake or apple carrot oatmeal cake.
- Pickled carrots: They are also good choices for garnish and side dishes, not to mention the all-time classic coleslaw.