Carrot_and_its_Benefits

Think Vitamins, Think Carrots!

Carrot is almost a synonym for great eyesight. Vitamin A is the nutrient responsible for maintaining proper vision. Let us connect the dots? Before that, you need to understand this: Carrots won’t correct less than perfect vision, they only promote overall eye health. Let us dig deep in and learn more interesting stuff, now that we know better.

Our body is like a machine that works around the clock; it needs to be nurtured with nutrients so it works flawlessly. Vitamin A is one such nutrient that affects the formation and maintenance of skin, mucous membranes, bones, and teeth, vision and reproduction.

Here is a fun fact: Man and animals cannot make their own Vitamin A and must be source it from external sources.

There might be different sources, but we get all our Vitamin A ultimately from plants. This article concentrates on one specific source- Carrots, for now.

Carrots- A rich source of Vitamin A

  • Carrots contain beta-carotene, a substance that the body converts to Vitamin A, an important nutrient for eye health.

 

  • The amount of carotene (which is converted to Vitamin A in the liver) contained in carrots is indicated by the depth of the colour of the carrot.

 

  • The beta-carotene in carrots gives them their orange colour.

 

  • We know that our eyes need Vitamin A to function effectively. Vitamin A is involved in the production of a chemical called visual purple, which helps us to see in dim light.

 

 

  • Beta carotene is one of the powerful natural antioxidants that helps protect the human body from harmful oxygen-free radical injury.

 

 

How much is too much? Recommended daily Allowance:

Carrots - serving size 1/2 cup

 

 

Vitamin A (retinol) equivalents (micrograms)

 

 

% RDA* for women

 

 

% RDA* for men

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh, raw

 

2050

 

256%

 

205%

Boiled, raw

 

1790

 

223%

 

179%

Boiled, frozen

 

1290

 

161%

 

129%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boiled, canned

 

1005

 

126%

 

101%

*source- carrotmuseum.co.uk

*RDA = Recommended Daily Amount (The RDA of Vitamin A is 800 micrograms for women and 1,000 micrograms for men.)

When we are in the market, we now have more reasons to buy extra carrots, don’t we?

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