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  • Writer's pictureRayki Goh, MSc

The Versatile Carrot That More Than Meets the Eye

From purple to orange, discover the science behind this vibrant root vegetable. Did you know carrots were initially purple or white?


Dear Food People,


Let's talk carrots. These crunchy, colourful vegetables have been on our menus for years, but did you know they have some really cool secrets? Buckle up as we plunge into the world of carrot science.


First, let us discuss the modest carrot's journey. Carrots used to be purple or white, not orange. The orange variety we know and love today was not developed until the 16th century, when some intelligent Dutch people got involved. Talk about a carrot glow-up!


Now, let's look at why carrots are so excellent for you. Have you heard about beta-carotene? It's the secret component that gives carrots their vivid colour. And guess what? Your body converts it into vitamin A, which serves as fuel for your vision, growth, and immune system. Carrots are more than just a tasty snack; they give your body a superhero boost!


But wait, carrots have more tricks under their bag. They also contain fibre, potassium, and vitamin K. Fibre promotes healthy digestion, potassium lowers blood pressure, and vitamin K ensures correct blood clotting. It's like getting a whole slew of health benefits in one crispy bundle!


Now, carrots are not only excellent for your insides. They're also excellent for your skin! Beta-carotene functions as a natural sunscreen, protecting your skin from dangerous UV radiation. So, nibbling on carrots may just give you the healthy glow you've been looking for.


So, the next time you're preparing a dinner, remember the power of carrots. Whether eaten raw, cooked, or juiced, these versatile vegetables give a burst of flavour and goodness to any recipe.


And hey, if you've got any thoughts or ideas on how we can tackle environmental or food sustainability issues, or if there's something specific you want us to cover in our future articles, shoot us a message over at dearfoodpeople.com. We'd love to hear from you!


 

Further Reading:

  1. WebMD, January 2024, The Benefits of Carrots. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/benefits-carrots.

  2. Health.com, June 2023, Health Benefits of Carrots. Available at: https://www.health.com/nutrition/health-benefits-of-carrots.

  3. EatingWell, January 2023, Health Benefits of Carrots. Available at: https://www.eatingwell.com/article/2060606/health-benefits-of-carrots/.

  4. Medical News Today, January 2024, Carrots: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information. Available at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270191.

  5. TODAY, February 2024, Carrot Benefits: How This Crunchy Superfood Can Improve Your Health. Available at: https://www.today.com/health/diet-fitness/carrot-benefits-rcna136229.


 

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