A carrot is a type of vegetable root that is native to southwestern Asia and Europe. It is usually orange in color, but it can also be a whitish, reddish or purplish in color. Today, carrots are available in all parts of the world. They can be grown at any time of the year. However, carrots are typically grown in the fall and the summer because that is when they are the freshest.
Carrots are a delicious snack, and they are also very healthy. One cup of chopped carrots only contains about 52 calories. This means that the amount of calories in carrots is significantly less than most other foods.
Not only are carrots low in calories, but they are also high in vitamin A. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps promote healthy vision. It also helps maintain normal functioning of the kidneys, heart, lungs and other organs. A single cup of carrots provides 438 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.
One cup of carrots contains 3.6 grams of fiber. Experts recommend getting between 25 and 30 grams of fiber per day. Fiber helps promote healthy digestion and regulates bowel movements. There have also been studies done to suggest that high fiber diets can reduce the risk of heart disease.
One cup of carrots provides 13 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a nutrient that helps boost the immune system. It also helps protect against free radical damage.
Carrots are low in sugar and sodium. One cup of carrots only has about six grams of sugar and 88 grams of sodium. There is no recommended daily intake of sugar. Experts recommend getting less than 2400 mg of sodium per day.
One cup of carrots contains 12.1 grams of carbohydrate. This is approximately four percent of the recommended daily intake of carbohydrates. The body uses carbohydrates as a fuel source.
One cup of carrots provides four percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium. Calcium is a nutrient that helps keep the teeth and bones strong.
Carrots are very, very low in fat. In fact, one cup of carrots only has 0.3 grams of fat. It has no trans-fat or saturated fat, which are the two types of bad fats.
Additionally, carrots are abundant in potassium. One cup of carrots contains approximately 212.47 mg of potassium. Studies have shown that diets that are high in potassium and low in sodium can help prevent high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a serious health problem that affects approximately 30 percent of American adults.
Furthermore, there has been evidence to suggest that carrots may reduce the risk of heart disease, which happens to be the top killer of men and women in the United States. There was a 10 year-study performed in the Netherlands on people who ate carrots daily. The results of the study were that the people who ate at least 25 grams of carrots per day had the lowest risk of heart disease.