During the Second World War, the British were introduced to the idea that eating carrots was good for eyesight. However, this was in all probability propaganda started by the British government in order to promote the eating of vegetables which were not rationed, as was the case with other foodstuffs. An alternative story is that the British air force started the campaign to claim that carrots and their effect on eyesight were the secret behind the success of the Royal Airforce – in actual fact Radar was the contributor, but they wanted to keep that secret from the Germans.
However, there can be no argument that eating carrots is good for you and that many of us should be eating more of them.
Carrots have been called the ultimate health food. High levels of beta-carotene, fiber and antioxidants make this root vegetable a health powerhouse. However, there’s more to the humble carrot. They’re also a rich source of Vitamin C, vitamin B8, vitamin K, and vitamin A. They also contain folates, potassium, copper and iron, as well as traces of manganese.
It’s the kick from 210% of your daily allowance that contributes to much of the carrot’s reputation as a root vegetable super-food.
Although eating carrots may not turn you into an ace fighter pilot the amount of Vitamin A contained in a carrot is good for your eyesight, It also helps keep your immune system healthy and keeps your reproductive system in tip-top shape. You can also get Vit A from Zucchini.
All these components have powerful health benefits.
#1 Cancer Prevention
The antioxidant properties of carotenoids have been shown to have powerful effects in the prevention of various types of cancers, including lung cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer among others.
There are some studies that have shown that the antioxidants in carrots can have an effect on the aging process, slowing down cell degeneration.
#3 Regulation Of Blood Sugar
Both the antioxidants and phytochemicals contained in carrots have been implicated in helping to regulate blood sugar.
The truth of the matter is that carrots are a delicious and handy way of getting a great dose of vitamins and trace element that are required as part of a healthy lifestyle. As a bonus, they also make a great addition to detox and power drinks. So make carrots a part of your healthy lifestyle today.