10 Health benefits of carrots + Tasty grated carrot salad recipe
Carrots are a versatile food that is very good for you and health benefits of carrots are almost countless. You can eat them raw, you can put carrots in cakes and they also can go in a salad. According to studies, carrots contain more vitamins and minerals, than any other vegetable and, yes, your granny is right, carrots improve your vision and can even help you to see in the dark too! We can’t prove that carrots make an effective alternative to night vision goggles, but we can give you ten other reasons why carrots are good for you, so here are 10 health benefits of carrots everyone should know about:
1. Anti-aging food
Carrots contain an anti-oxidant called beta-carotene, a substance that helps to protect your cells against damage from your everyday activities, which can slow the aging process.
2. Carrots can help to prevent heart disease
As well as the beta-carotene, carrots also contain alpha-carotene and lutein, both of which can help to prevent heart disease. Adding carrots to your diet can also help to reduce your cholesterol levels.
3. Granny was right about the night vision!
Carrots are actually good for your eyes after all. The beta carotene contained in carrots is converted by the body into vitamin A, which transforms to the substance that is responsible for improving your vision, and yes, your vision at night too!
4. Carrots detoxify your body
The vitamin A in carrots helps to cleanse the liver of harmful toxins, and the fibre in the vegetable cleanses the colon and improves the digestion.
5. Carrots clean your teeth
As well as all the vitamins and minerals that you get from carrots, chomping on a raw carrot is great for your teeth and your gums. Eating the vegetable raw will remove plaque from your teeth and trigger the production of cleansing saliva in your mouth. At the end of this article I will share with you my favorite incredibly ‘tasty’ way to eat raw carrots, so read on…
6. Carrots fight infection
Carrots have a powerful and natural antiseptic quality and can be applied, boiled or shredded, to wounds to fight infection.
7. Carrots can be used as a face mask
For a fresh and clear complexion, do this ‘pick-me-up’, refreshing face mask for normal skin type: mix 2 tablespoons of grated carrots (or even better – use your blender) with a tablespoon of natural yogurt and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil; apply to your skin for 10 minutes, then rinse. It’s a great and natural way to nourish and refresh your face. Make sure you are not allergic to the ingredients.
8. Carrots protect your skin
A lack of vitamin A can cause dryness of the skin, nails and hair, and carrots are a great source of vitamin A. The vitamins and antioxidants in carrots will also help to protect your skin against damage from the rays of the sun.
9. Carrots are better than multi-vitamins
The contents of carrots read better, than the label on a pack of multi-vitamins. Carrots contain Vitamins A, B, C, D and beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, riboflavin, thiamine, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, dietary fiber, zinc, manganese; and carrots are very low in calories, 100 grams of carrots contain only about 40 kcal.
10. Carrots can protect you against strokes
In studies, people who eat more, than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke, than those who eat none or just a few.
Tasty grated carrot salad recipe:
And now, it’s time for me to share the tasty grated carrot salad recipe, which is my favorite way to include raw carrots to my diet…
Buy a 500 gr pack of grated carrots or grate them yourself. You will need this pack of carrots only at the end of our preparation. So leave it on the side for now and let’s begin…
Mix in a big bowl:
– 1/2 Teaspoon salt
– 2 Tablespoons raw honey
– Half a teaspoon finely ground Black Pepper
– 1 Teaspoon finely ground Coriander seed
– Add a tiniest bit of Cayenne paper in powder (it’s very strong, so add a REALLY small amount!)
Then pour about 1,5-2 cups of hot water into this bowl of spices and stir very well to completely dilute the salt; then add 3 tablespoons of apple sider vinegar, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce (if your soy sauce is very black and concentrated, then add only 1 tablespoon of it), add 7 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of honey; you can also add some crushed fresh garlic, if you don’t have a date later on 😉
Mix everything very well one more time and, finally, throw 500 grams of grated carrots to this bowl and mix thoroughly.
Ready! You can eat this grated carrot salad straight away, but it’s even tastier the next day; you can keep it in the fridge for couple of days. Enjoy!
Do you like to eat carrots? What other health benefits of carrots do you know? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Stay happy and healthy!