Did you know that, in addition to being a perfect ally to prevent skin aging, carrots help us protect our sight and take care of our eyes?
The carrot is one of the most used vegetables in all the kitchens of the world. It is native to Central Asia, but today it is cultivated in almost all countries. For this reason, it is easy to find in any supermarket, at any time of the year. Added to this, its delicious flavor and versatility allow carrot to be consumed in hundreds of different recipes.
Beyond that, it is proven that it has a high nutritional value that can be used medicinally. For this reason, it is not surprising that movements such as real food (‘real food’) and nutrigenetics take it into account, along with other foods.
It stands out mainly for its high content of vitamin A, which is found naturally in carotenes , but which is stored as this nutrient when it reaches the body. However, apart from vitamin A, carrots contain other healthy compounds that are worth knowing and taking into account. Do you want to know which ones? Then don’t stop reading more below!
Nutritional properties when consuming carrot
Because it has a delicious flavor that goes very well with other foods, carrots are one of the vegetables that are consumed the most without problem on a day-to-day basis. Despite this, there are those who prefer not to consume carrot on a regular basis or else ignore how beneficial it can be to include it in the diet.
One of the reasons why it is perfect for a balanced diet is because it is very low in calories, sodium and carbohydrates. A medium serving is estimated to provide just 50 calories.
It does not contain cholesterol or saturated fat, which makes it ideal for people who are at risk or are suffering from some type of cardiovascular problem.
Just half a cup of this raw vegetable provides up to four times the recommended daily amount of vitamin A, in addition to containing significant amounts of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, manganese, iron, potassium and copper. Do you need more reasons to eat it?
According to experts from the Spanish Nutrition Foundation (FEN) “other vitamins present in more discrete amounts are vitamin C and vitamin B6. They also contain small amounts of minerals such as iron, iodine and potassium ”.