60 Second Carrots
Crunchy, sweet, and satisfying. Slice and steam them, sauté them, grate them into a delicious, chilled salad. Or chop them into sticks and roast them in the oven with ginger, garlic, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (yum), or pair them with frequent friends, celery and onion, into a mirepoix base for soups and stews.
Every once in a wild while they are amazing shredded and swirled into the most delicious of cakes.
And there are those who swear by the healing power of juicing carrots.
What are the nutritional benefits of this versatile veggie? Carrots have a lot to offer!
• Carrots are good for eye health as they are rich in vitamin A, which also amazingly softens your skin and hair.
• Your digestion benefits from eating carrots, as they are high in natural fiber.
• The antioxidant effect of dietary carotenoids — yellow, orange, and red organic pigments present in carrots may reduce the risk of several types of cancer.
• Carrots promote healthy blood sugar. Even though they are naturally sweet, their high fiber content balances the sweetness, and they are a low glycemic index food.
• The fiber and potassium in carrots help maintain normal blood pressure.
• The vitamin c in carrots contributes to collagen production, which assists with healing and rebuilding of connective tissue.
Next time you enjoy a delicious carrot, smile, and think of all the good things you are doing for your body.
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition. Take advantage of her 46 years of experience!