Carrots: 12 Reasons Why They Should Be A Part Of Your Daily Menu

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From better vision to an improved memory, there’s not one pill you can take that can compare to consuming one carrot!

If you could take one pill every day that would address many of your health concerns would you pop it with your daily vitamins? The bad news is there is no such magic pill that can do this, but the good news is that the simple carrot can. This article covers 12 major reasons you should consume this crunchy veggie on a regular basis.

 

1. The Health of Your Eyes

“Eat your carrots or you’re going to need glasses,” is something many parents used to say to try to get their children to eat this healthy vegetable. While it has not been proven that eating carrots has kept anyone from wearing glasses, the beta-carotene that they contain converts to vitamin A, which has increased the eye health and function of those who consume them on a regular basis. Specific areas of protection include macular degeneration, cataracts for the elderly, and night vision.

 

2. Reduces Your Chances of Having a Stroke

Harvard followed the eating habits of more than 90,000 female nurses over a period of eight years. They found that those who ate carrots at least five times each week reduced the chances of suffering from a stroke by two-thirds. This came out to 68 percent less than those who ate carrots just one time or less per month.

 

3. Prevents Certain Types of Cancers

If you are committed to living a healthy lifestyle, carrots have been proven to keep cancer cells from developing because they are rich in antioxidants. The low-calorie food contains vitamins A, B, and C. All of them are enemies of free radicals. Specific forms of cancer that carrots have been found to lower the risk of include colon, lung, breast, and prostate cancer.

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4. Keeps Your Heart Healthy

Findings from a 10-year study by professionals in the Netherlands concluded that even just eating a small amount of carrots cuts the risk of contracting heart problems. In this case, more is better. Participants who ate a good amount of carrots on a regular basis reduced their risk of heart issues by 32 percent.

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