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Carrot

September 23, 2015

Carrots

If you’d ask anyone what they know about carrots, it’s that they’re good for your eyes. We were probably all told as kids to finish our carrots on our plate, if we wished to keep good eyesight and avoid wearing glasses. And, our parents were right all along! Read more about the many benefits of the Carrot in today’s Product Highlight!

  • We all recognize a carrot by their orange color, but there is quite an array of colors, such as white, yellow, red and purple. In fact, purple, yellow and red carrots were the only color varieties of carrots to be cultivated before the 15th or 16th century!
  • The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant that protects our cells and even slows down the aging of cells. Vitamin A that also present in carrots protects your skin from (sun) damage and helps hair and nails stay shiny and healthy
  • Pectin in carrots is a soluble fiber that lowers blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion of sugar and starch. It also stimulates the friendly bacteria in the gut, which decreases the risk of inflammation

Carrots

  • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision
  • Not telling you to stop brushing, but eating carrots enhances dental hygiene. They have the ability to scrape off plaque! Carrots also stimulate gums and trigger the produce of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria

Tip: Carrots stay fresh longer than most veggies if you store them the right way. Make sure to store them in the coolest part of the refrigerator in a plastic bag or wrapped in a paper towel, to maintain their moisture level

Tip: Carrot roots should be firm, smooth and have a bright color. Avoid carrots that are excessively cracked, as well as those that are limp or rubbery

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