The Health Benefits of Carrots
The bright-orange carrot does more than just adding a sweet crunch to meals. Carrots are low in calories but high in dietary fiber, making them a smart part of any healthy diet.
What You Need to Know: Key Nutrition Facts
Calories, Fat and Protein
Did you know that carrots are more than 88 percent water by weight? One cup of carrots contains 50 calories, 1 gram of protein and less than 1 gram of fat. If you’re trying to reduce fat intake and lower your cholesterol, carrots are your friend!
One cup of carrots has 12 grams of carbohydrate with 3.4 grams being dietary fiber. According to the Institute of Medicine, men need 30 to 38 grams of fiber daily, and women need 21 to 25 grams of fiber daily to support your health and maintain proper digestion and healthy cholesterol levels.
Vitamins and Minerals
Carrots are a real multi-tasker because they supply at least a small amount of almost every essential vitamin. However, the most significant contribution from carrots is vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary for proper vision, immune function, reproductive health, and helps to prevent cellular damage from free radicals.
The minerals found in carrots include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. These minerals help to maintain bone and tooth health, proper muscle function and a healthy nervous system.
What You Need to Know: Delicious Ways to Eat Carrots
Carrots can be prepared and eaten in a variety of ways. From sliced or shredded raw in salads to chopped and boiled, steamed, or cooked in soups and stews, carrots can enhance every meal and dish including being made into baby and pet foods.
The sweetness of carrots allows the vegetable to be used as a fruit in many delicious dessert and breakfast treats. Carrot cakes, muffins, and cookies are just a few. Carrots also juice very well and can be blended with juices from other fruits and veggies or consumed on its own.
Here at Tommy’s, we love the delicious nutrition that carrots add to two of our favorite frozen vegetable mixtures:
These two can be served on their own or added to soups, stir-frys or pasta dishes!
What You Need to Know: Fact or Fiction?
The carrot gets its bright orange color from beta-carotene…
TRUE! Fruits and vegetables that are orange or yellow contain beta-carotene.
Baby carrots are a specialty carrot grown as miniatures…
FALSE! Pre-packaged “baby carrots” come from regular carrots and are peeled and cut into uniform cylinders.
Carrots offer your body more beta-carotene when served cooked…
TRUE! The release of beta-carotene jumps from 3% to 39% when you eat them cooked instead of raw.
Carrots will help you see in the dark…
FALSE! Eating carrots will not improve your night vision unless you have a vitamin A deficiency. This myth was started by the Royal Air Force during WWII to disguise advances in radar technology that increased a pilot’s nighttime accuracy.
Ready to get your carrot on?
Find a store near you in our online store locator, and stock your freezer with some tasty Seasoned Vegetable Medley or Root Fusion. It’ll make piling your plate high with carroty-goodness super easy, even when you’re pressed for time.
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