Next time you are looking for a healthy snack, consider having a carrot. I personally prefer organic carrots but any carrot choice will do. I’m sure you remember being told as a child “eat your carrots because they’re good for your eyes”. Well jack, that’s a fact and not a myth. Mom was right. Carrots contain Vitamin A which is a nutrient needed for good vision and the benefit of carrots doesn’t stop there.
Benefits of Carrots
Carrots provide a number of essential vitamins to provide overall good health. In addition to Vitamin A, carrots provide vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E , K, fiber, manganese and potassium. They also provide you with some powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients, One of the powerful antioxidants supplied, which gives carrots their color, is beta- carotene. Beta-carotene in itself has some amazing benefits. It stimulates skin cell growth and builds collagen (which is considered to keep you looking young). Several studies have shown that beta-carotene can protect the body from cancers and heart disease. The studies have also shown it can lower your cholesterol and reduce your chances of having a heart attack.
Carrots and Your Teeth
Eating raw carrots should be incorporated into your daily routine. Raw carrots, when being eaten, are abrasive. This abrasive vegetable stimulates your gums and eliminates sticky plaque from your teeth. While chewing a carrot, your mouth produces lots of saliva. The production of saliva benefits your teeth and gums in multiple ways. Saliva washes away food and debris from your teeth and gums. It also plays a huge role in regulating the bacterial growth within your mouth. It is acidic which aids in the prevention of plaque as well as calcium rich which aids in the process of strengthening your teeth.
So, with that being said, the next time you wander off the to refrigerator to search for something to snack on, grab the carrots first. This healthy choice could be your first step to a healthy happier you.