Back when you were little your mother probably told you to eat your carrots and when you asked why, she would tell you carrots would give you super eyesight. Super eyesight is a bit over exaggerated, but carrots are in fact good for your eyes and a lot more. These are a few examples of why carrots should definitely be on your weekly shopping list.
We just concluded that carrots are good for your eyes, but here is why. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, this is a pigment which is an essential substance from which vitamin A is formed. Deficiencies in vitamin A is one of the leading causes of blindness. In the retina, vitamin A is also transformed into Rhodopsin. This is a purple pigment that is necessary for night vision. Studies have shown that people who eat large amounts of beta-carotene (carrots) have a 40% lower risk of macular degeneration, a eye disease that is the leading cause of vision loss. Conclusion, eat your carrots kids!!
Prevents Heart Disease
Carrots are also high in soluble fiber, which reduces cholesterol by binding LDL form (the cholesterol that’s bad for you) and increasing HDL form. HDL is the type cholesterol our body needs to help reduce blood clots, which prevents heart disease. Carrots are also much in carotenoids which helps regulate blood sugar.
Squeaky clean teeth
Carrots are actually really good for your teeth and overall mouth hygiene. The crunchiness of the carrot scrapes off plaque and food particles in the same way a toothbrush and toothpaste do. Carrots also stimulate your gums and trigger saliva which kills a lot of bacteria. Last but not least they also contain minerals that prevent tooth damage.
Slows down aging and promotes healthy skin
A high level of beta-carotine also acts as an antioxidant. This slows down the aging of cells like skin-cells. The nutrients in carrots can also improve the health of your hair and nails by helping detoxify your blood and stimulating the production of new cells.
Fun fact about carrots:
As we learned from bugs bunny, rabbits love to eat to eat carrots, but they shouldn’t eat too many. Carrots are good for rabbit teeth for the same reason as humans, but a rabbit eating one carrot, equals a human eating 20. That much natural sugars can cause digestive problems and diabetes within rabbits.