Eat carrots for beauty and health
Carrots are an all season vegetable. Carrots belong to the nutrient dense food tuber. Scientifically it is known as “daucus carota.”
The popular edible portion is the root. Not only root but also the leaves are highly nutritious. Carrots are cultivated in many parts of the world mainly in India, South America, Malaysia, Africa, Europe and Indonesia.
Carrots are mainly of two varieties. One is big in size and dark red in colour. It is sweet to taste and this variety is mainly used for making juice and salad. The other variety of carrot is thin and orange in colour. This variety is mainly used also for other purposes like soup and sabji. Nutritionally there is not much difference among the different varieties of carrots.
Some tasty recipes to include carrots in your meals daily
Carrots are rich in carotene and the red variety contains 10- 15 times more carotene than the orange variety. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is needed for healthy vision, as well as the maintenance of mucous membranes.
The same vitamin is also important for healthy skin and hair and is necessary for human reproduction, resistance to infection, combats fatigue, and functions as a protector of the nervous system. Beta-carotene is also an anti oxidant that may defend the body against free radicals toxicity. It contains 86% water and 48 kcal per 100 gms of edible portion.
The carrot is one of the richest sources of vitamin B complex and also contains niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid. The other major nutrient contents are phosphorous, choline, sulphur, potassium and fibre. It has moderate amounts of calcium, iron and vitamin C.