Why Carrots Are Amongst the World’s Healthiest Foods

Carrots are one of the most popular root vegetables grown throughout the world! It’s common to eat carrots everywhere as an appetizers (perfect dips for hummus), in salad, cooked or steamed for dinner. Even though carrots are enjoyed by most of us now, it has not always been that way…

As you may know, this orange vegetable is considered as a functional food with significant health promoting properties as there is a high concentrations of carotenoids, especially beta carotene.

There are many popular mistakes about this amazing vegetable benefits, check our article on Eating Carrots: 7 True and False Ideas Received to get to know which ones are true!

Are you ready for an deep focus on carrots? Let’s go 🙂

Orange Is the New Black

Carrot is a vegetable crop which originates from Middle East and Central Asia. At the beginning, carrots were not orange but mauve, almost black. A yellow variety appeared after a mutation, following the orange one you all know today.

Both Romans and Greeks loved the mauve and yellow varieties as they were using them for medicinal purposes. However, this vegetable was not really appreciated for its taste as it was yellowish and bitter. With time, texture became better and color changed to orange, thanks to French agronomists.

101 Carrots

There are more than 100 varieties of carrots nowadays. They can be small or long (from 6 to 90cm), with different colors, such as orange, white, yellow, and red.

Major carrots producers are China, the USA, Poland, Japan, France and England.

Carrots Nutrition Facts

Raw

Cooked

Water87,8%87.4%%
Proteins0.9g1.2g
Fats0.1g0.1g
Carbs3.2g10.5g
Fiber3.2g1.9g
Calories4345

Quantity: 100g

That’s not all! Carrots are a very nutritious vegetable, which:

  • Are loaded with vitamin A and potassium
  • Contain lots of vitamin C and vitamin B6
  • Have a good amount of thiamine, folic acid and magnesium
  • Are the most important source of dietary beta carotene
  • Are rich in bioactive compounds like carotenoids and dietary fibers

Top Health Benefits of Carrots

Tips to Buy, Store, and Cook Carrots

In order to buy some good carrots, prefer the firms and colorful ones. It’s usually sold without its leaves as there are removed during gathering. However, if there are leaves, they should look healthy and bright green.

It’s pretty easy to store carrots in the fridge for 1 to 3 weeks. Remember to put them in a paper bag so that they don’t loose their humidity. Don’t keep them in a hermetic bag as the condensation will mature them quicker. Best is to put them in a dark and cold place. This way, they will keep their taste longer.

Also, don’t put carrots near foods that give off ethylene gas, such as pears, apples and potatoes. They will get mature quicker with a bitter taste. One of the best way to store carrots is to put them in some sand without washing them, they will last for 6 months!

There are plenty ways to cook carrots. You can use it raw in juices, salads, sandwiches, and cakes. It’s also delicious cooked, on the side, alone or with other vegetables, with or without cream. Once it’s cooked, you can mashed it or blend it for soup.

Top 4 Carrots Recipes for Juice, Salad, Sandwich, and Healthy Mash 

Carrot and Apple Juice

This extremely healthy detox juice will give you all the nutrients you need. It's low fat and full of vitamin A and C, perfect to start on the mornings!

Prep Time10 mins
Ingredients
 4 carrots, trimmed
 2 apples, quartered
 2 stalks celery
 1 piece fresh ginger

Ingredients

Ingredients
 4 carrots, trimmed
 2 apples, quartered
 2 stalks celery
 1 piece fresh ginger

Directions

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This extremely healthy detox juice will give you all the nutrients you need. It's low fat and full of vitamin A and C, perfect to start on the mornings!

Healthy Carrot and Apple Juice

Get the recipe here

Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

WOW this salad is perfect if you fancy a little culinary trip. It's full of moroccan spices and antioxidant. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Prep Time10 mins
Ingredients
 4 cups carrots, coarsely grated
 ¼ cup vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil
 3 tsp fresh lemon juice
 ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
 2 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
 1 tsp ground cumin
 1 tsp sweet paprika
 ½ tsp harissa (optional)

Ingredients

Ingredients
 4 cups carrots, coarsely grated
 ¼ cup vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil
 3 tsp fresh lemon juice
 ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
 2 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
 1 tsp ground cumin
 1 tsp sweet paprika
 ½ tsp harissa (optional)

Directions

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WOW this salad is perfect if you fancy a little culinary trip. It's full of moroccan spices and antioxidant. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

Get the recipe here

Spicy Carrot & Hummus Sandwich

Here is a delicious and yummy vegetarian sandwich to pack for your lunch at school or work. It's loaded with vitamin A and dietary fibers and is really low in saturated fat.

Prep Time10 mins
Ingredients
 2 large carrots, coarsely crated
 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
 1 tsp caraway seeds
 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
 pinch red pepper flakes
 himalayan/mineral salt
 4 slices bread of choice
 hummus
 cracked pepper

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 large carrots, coarsely crated
 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
 1 tsp caraway seeds
 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
 pinch red pepper flakes
 himalayan/mineral salt
 4 slices bread of choice
 hummus
 cracked pepper

Directions

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Here is a delicious and yummy vegetarian sandwich to pack for your lunch at school or work. It's loaded with vitamin A and dietary fibers and is really low in saturated fat.

Spicy Carrot & Hummus Sandwich

Get the recipe here

Healthy Mashed Carrots

This carrot mash side dish is perfect to cheer you up without feeling guilty at all! It's only 3 to 4 ingredients and super easy to make. And it's full of fibers and antioxidant 🙂

Prep Time5 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time25 mins
Ingredients
 12 large carrots
 4 tsp butter
 ½ cup chicken stock
 salt and pepper
 2 tsp garlic powder (optional)

Ingredients

Ingredients
 12 large carrots
 4 tsp butter
 ½ cup chicken stock
 salt and pepper
 2 tsp garlic powder (optional)

Directions

1

This carrot mash side dish is perfect to cheer you up without feeling guilty at all! It's only 3 to 4 ingredients and super easy to make. And it's full of fibers and antioxidant 🙂

Healthy Mashed Carrots

Get the recipe here