Myth or Must Have?
This week we’re talking about the parsnip’s colourful counterpart, the carrot. Are the rumours true that they make you see in the dark? Are their health benefits a myth or are they a must have in your diet?
People have been eating carrots for over 5,000 years and for good reason! Did you know that carrots were originally purple or yellow, the familiar orange variety was developed later? Orange carrots get their colour from beta carotene and contain a powerhouse of vitamins, potassium, fibre and antioxidants.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A, retinol, which is required for your eyes to operate well in low light conditions, so the rumours really are true! Well, kind of, eating carrots may not be enough to make you see in the dark, but they can help support healthy eyes and vision.
Beta carotene, a plant compound with powerful antioxidant activity, has been linked to improved immune function and the reduced risk of numerous illnesses. The best way to optimize your absorption of beta carotene is to cook your carrots!
Beta carotene can also give your skin that sought after *glow* but careful not to overdo your consumption, too many carrots and your skin may take on an orange tinge.
Carrots, like many vegetables, are a great source of fibre. We know that fibre is extremely important for a healthy gut, which is essential for maintain your overall health. The main form of fibre in carrots is pectin, which is a soluble fibre. This can also help lower blood sugar levels by slowing down your digestion of sugars and starches.
Carrots are cost effective and easy to add to meals if you’re trying to get your vege intake up! When grated they are easily disguised in nachos or spaghetti bolognaise Or they’re delicious as is dipped in hummus for a snack. We love our grated carrot slaw with coriander, almonds and garlic dressing – try it next time you’re in getting a salad box!