|By Lisa VanWilliams|
Steaming carrots is the best way to get the most flavor but some people prefer them as a raw crunchy snack. It's a quick easy healthy snack that is easily transportable, and they have a longer shelf life than other veggies in the fridge. This root vegetable has been around for thousands of years and they actually did not start off orange. They come in several colors such as white, purple, yellow, and red with each variety offering different amounts of anti-oxidants. Carrots can be bred to produce different colors.
Carrot consumption and production has more than doubled in the past 30 years. China produces the most carrots, followed by Russia and then the U.S. (with California producing 80%). World War II seems to be the start of the myth that eating carrots will improve your eye sight. Rumors were spread by the Britain's Air Ministry that carrots helped pilots see Nazi bombers at night, in reality, they were just trying to cover up that they now had radar.
Carrots might not give you night vision but they do offer a number of health benefits such as:
- beta-carotene & anti-oxidants
- lower your risk of cardiovascular disease
- falcarinol and falcarindiol inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells
- packed with vitamin A
- carotenoids are good for eye health
- good source for immunity support
- high levels of vitamin K, vitamin C, and fiber
So, carrots aren't just for rabbits. They are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and they can be incorporated into numerous meals. Look out for our beef stew recipe we will be posting soon and be sure to load up on your carrots and try it out.