They’re crunchy, orange (usually), and included on our menu regularly. Carrots are powerful vegetables that you’ve likely been eating since you were a kid and there’s a reason they keep showing up - they offer a variety of health benefits.
- Weight Management: Carrots are 88% water and that combined with their fiber content help you feel full for longer. This can help you avoid making poor food choices and overeating. They’re also low in calories with only 52 in a one cup serving.
- Eye Health: One large carrot can provide 200% of your daily needs of Vitamin A, which promotes lung, skin, and eye health. Additionally, the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin help protect your retinas and lenses.
- Blood Sugar Regulation: Carrots are low on the Glycemic Index, so not only do they not spike your blood sugar, their soluble fiber content can help balance it. They also support a healthy digestive system and feed the healthy bacteria in your gut.
- Lower Blood Pressure: The potassium found in carrots helps to lower blood pressure by balancing the negative effects of salt.
- Variety of Vitamins: There are many vitamins and minerals in carrots including beta carotene (that converts to vitamin A), biotin, K1, and B6. These help with everything from metabolism to bone health.