Carrots

Health Benefits of Carrots

Carrots!! Fantastic food for all ages, starting with babies just beginning solids. They’re one of the most nutritious root veggies, and have the most carotene of any food.

Carotenoids – which give carrots their bright orange color – protect your Petite Foodie’s brain, skin, eyes and liver. Carotene also promotes healthy lungs, protects against cancer and helps prevent cardiovascular disease. Even better, carrots are rich in fiber, calcium and potassium, plus antioxidants like vitamins C and E. They are a total superfood!

Some things to keep in mind about carrots:

  • If your Petite Foodie eats too many, their skin may appear orange! True story – it happened to one of my good friends’ son. This is called carotanemia and the condition is harmless.
  • Be sure to cut off the greens on the end of the carrot. These can be mildly toxic – harmless to adults but can be irritating to Petite Foodies.
  • Carrots are actually healthier (better digested) when eaten cooked vs. raw.
  • That said, carrots release their starchy sugars more slowly when consumed raw.
  • Be sure to add  some vegetable oil when cooking. Carotenoids are fat-soluble, so the oil is needed to ensure effective digestion.
  • The darker the carrot, the healthier it is!

Major Nutrients (per 100 g / about 2 small carrots)

  • Calories: 41
  • Total fat: 0.24 g
  • Protein: 0.93 g
  • Carbohydrate: 9.58 g
  • Fiber: 2.8 g
  • Vitamin C: 5.9 mg
  • Vitamin A: 16,706 IU
  • Potassium: 320 mg
  • Beta-carotene: 8,285 mcg
  • Alpha-carotene: 3,477 mcg

Sources:
SuperFoods: The 50 Best Foods For You! (LOVE FOOD 2012)
100 Best Foods for Pregnancy (LOVE FOOD 2011)

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