A food plan exclusively made of raw carrots for an extended period of time is not recommended due to the lack of important nutrients that would be missing from your diet. However, the addition of raw carrots to a well-balanced diet can be an important component to an overall healthy lifestyle. Always consult a physician before making any changes to your diet plan.
Carrots contain the highest levels of beta-carotene of any vegetable. Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A by the body and used to build strong teeth, bones, eyes and skin. Carrots also contain other important nutrients such as potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, folic acid and magnesium. Carrots are also known for their diuretic and healing properties which make them a staple in many detoxification plans.
Carrots are a hardy crop that can easily be grown in a backyard garden or can inexpensively be purchased a local farmer's market or grocery store. There are many varieties in the carrot family. If you are looking for a type of carrot that can be frozen or canned well, then try Chantenay, Imperator or Danvers. If you are looking for a crisp, sweet carrot for snacking, try a Miniature or Baby carrot.
There are a variety of ways to include carrots in your diet. Try juicing a handful of carrots as a refreshing breakfast drink instead of orange juice. Create beautiful salads that include shredded or chopped carrots or create a shredded carrot salad with raisins as a summer dish that is sure to please all of your guests. Of course, carrot sticks and dip are always welcomed as a healthy after-school snack or party appetizer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends five servings a day of fruits and vegetables. While variety of food is a key component in overall health, carrots should play a role in the five-a-day plan. One cup of pure carrot juice or approximately 12 baby carrots is considered one serving of vegetables.
Be cautious to not overeat carrots. One carrot contains more than twice your daily value of Vitamin A. If you consume too many carrots, your body will not be able to store the extra Vitamin A and it will temporarily turn your skin a yellowish orange.
- Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
This article reflects the views of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Jillian Michaels or JillianMichaels.com.