Are carrots good for you?
One moment we are told that carrots are healthy for us, and the next moment we are told that carrots are bad for you. They both can’t be true, so which is it?
Why some ditch the Carrot
When the low carb diets became more popular, carrots were an avoided vegetable because of their high glycemic index. The important thing to know is the glycemic load – not the glycemic index – is only 4 grams of carbohydrates per serving. This means that the glycemic load is only a 3 out of 40, which means you would have to eat a lot of carrots to get any significant rise in blood sugar. This also means that “carrots are full of sugar” is an inaccurate statement. Some diabetics will still have their doctor advise them against eating carrots, which is up to you if you decide to listen to your doctor in that case. For everyone else, you should be just fine eating carrots, and enjoying their many health benefits.
Carrot’s Health Benefits
Carrots are full of carotenoids, which have been associated with a decrease of up to 50% in bladder, cervix, prostate, colon, larynx, and esophageal cancer. In addition to this, carotenoids have also shown a 20% decrease in post-menopausal breast cancer.
Recent studies have shown that as little as one carrot a day could possibly cut the rate of lung cancer in half.
Carrots contain alpha-carotene, which is a type of carotenoid, where recent studies have shown benefits that may lead to inhibiting tumor growth.
Carrots are a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin, both are types of carotenoids, and when these two nutrients work together, they have shown that they protect the eyes and help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
The alpha-carotene and beta-carotene in carrots convert in the body into Vitamin A, which raises the effectiveness of the light-sensitive area of the retina, which can help with night blindness.
You can enjoy the health benefits of carrots , either raw or cooked. If you want to get the most of the carotenoids in the carrots, eat them with a little bit of healthy fat, which helps you absorb the nutrients better since carrots are a fat-soluble vegetable.
I prefer not to have carrots juiced. When juicing, you use a lot of carrots and end up removing the natural fiber in the process, which makes for an increase in sugar concentration in the juice.
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