“Eat your carrots because they’re good for your eyes.  Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses?”  My father would say this, followed by a hearty laugh, which made me want to eat my carrots.  Plus, Bugs Bunny loved them!  Carrots are one of the most popular root vegetables in the United States, with the average American consuming about 12 pounds a year.  While I usually think of Carrots as being bright orange, there are over 500 different varieties of these sweet, crunchy treats.  White, yellow, and red varieties can often be found in some markets.  Containing over 60  nutrients, Carrots cut cardiovascular risk!

Over 20,000 men and women between the ages of 20 and 65 were enrolled in a health study between 1993 and 1997.  The bright colors of the edible part of the fruit contain rich storehouses of micronutrients and phytochemicals.  Researchers wanted to know which fruit and vegetable color groups contribute the most benefit to cardiovascular disease.  All participants were free of cardiovascular disease at the time the study started.  During the ten years that followed, 245 cases of cardiovascular disease were reported and the sum totals of the colors eaten were evaluated.  Researchers found that those who ate the highest concentration of deep orange fruits and vegetables, and specifically Carrots, had a decrease in cardiovascular disease.

While Carrots are delicious raw or cooked, light cooking or steaming actually increases the bioavailability of the beta carotene.  This is unusual because heating typically damages some of the delicate nutrients in vegetables.  Here are three more ways that Carrots help you LIVE YOUNGER:

  1. They actually do promote vision health!  A study posted by Cleveland Clinic confirms that eating Carrots can improve vision in the daytime as well as at night.  Their concentration of antioxidants benefits every cell in your body!
  2. They are a great source of fiber.  Just one cup of cooked Carrots provides 5.22 grams of fiber and a person typically needs approximately 15 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories consumed daily.  Fiber helps maintain a healthy weight, is essential for digestive health, and benefits your heart.
  3. They are a great on-the-go snack!  It’s easy to have a bag of Carrots with you for a quick, crunchy snack.  They are delicious with nut butter or hummus.

START SOMEWHERE today enjoying these inexpensive orange treasures.   Carrots cut cardiovascular risk, which accounts for about one out of every four deaths in the United States.  LIVE YOUNGER with better vision and improved gut health.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Carrots Cut Cardiovascular Risk

Carrots Cut Cardiovascular Risk