Carrots, the quintessential vegetable that comes to mind when you say the word, “orange.” Perhaps, you love carrots and munch on them as a snack at work or at school, or perhaps you despise them for their spear-like shape and refuse to buy baby carrots out of some personal vendetta against the root. Whatever side of the fence you are on, one can’t deny the nutritional science behind the health of carrots themselves!
Indeed carrots are great for your health providing not only fiber, but essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A and potassium. Carrots even have antioxidants called carotenoids that have their own special health boosting properties!
So perhaps if I can’t get you to eat carrots…perhaps I might be able to convince you to drink carrot juice. With all of the nutrition of eating a regular carrot, unless you leave out the pulp which would decrease its fiber content, but with 70% less of the consumption time! Simply pour a glass to start your day with! Not convinced? Here are 4 of carrot Juices KEY health benefits!
Carrots have a class of anti-oxidants called carotenoids!
Carotenoids are fat-soluble pigments such yellow, orange, or red and give color to things such as carrots, tomatoes, and the leaves of Autumn! Specifically, the carotenoid in carrots of particular note is beta-carotene!
Beta-carotene is the “pre-cursor” to Vitamin A which is essential for skin and eye health. Each individual carrot contains 8,353 international units of Vitamin A, which means that it has 4,142 micrograms of beta-carotene.
The math just done there is describing that when your body processes beta-carotene it brings in an enzyme which snips it in half hereby creating two molecules of Vitamin A. In short, you’d be getting 278% of your recommended daily intake just by consuming a whole carrot, imagine juice form…
Carrots also have other essential vitamins such as Vitamin C, K, E, and B 1, 2, and 6!
Drinking eight ounces of carrot juice would give you 35% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts your immune system, helping you fight the common cold, and even helps to promote the production of collagen in your skin helping you to keep your skin glowing and fresh! Vitamins K, E, and B aren’t exactly the star of the carrot, but we aren’t kicking them out of the room.
Carrots are rich in potassium!
Carrots have 195mg of potassium which classes carrots as a high potassium based food, but the way to think of it is like a carrot has one quarter of the potassium as a whole banana. However, if you were to drink an 8 ounce glass of carrot juice that is containing more than four carrots…see where I am going with this?
Carrot juice can improve your oral health
Aside from being full of Vitamin A which helps to improve cellular tissue within bones such as your teeth, drinking carrot juice can increase excess saliva, kinda gross if you think about it, but in truth saliva is what helps fight bacteria that grows on your teeth and gums and it prevents halitosis aka bad breath.