Why Carrots are a Great Choice for Preparing Some Healthy Hearty Snacks?
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Crazy for Carrots
One of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in the world is the
brightly colored carrot.
Scientifically classified as Daucus carota, it is considered a root vegetable. The
carrot top is the most popular and used part of the carrot, however the greens are
also beneficial and great if used in salads and other dishes.
Carrots are grown all over the world, exported worldwide and used
successfully as fresh veggie snacks, savory side dishes and essential
ingredients in many recipes.
This healthy colorful root vegetable (found in colors ranging from white to purple with
orange being the most popular) is rich in nutrients, providing a wide range of
essential vitamins and minerals. They offer vitamins A (widely known for their
antioxidant Beta Carotene content), B3, C, E and Carotene as well as potassium,
calcium, iron and zinc.
They help to reduce cholesterol, prevent heart attacks and keep certain cancers
at bay. They are known to improve vision and reduce the signs of premature aging,
detox the body, improve digestion and increase heart health. They also help to
maintain acidic and alkaline properties in the body.
These tall slim beauties are easy to grow and can be eaten raw or roasted, baked,
steamed, boiled and mashed for any savory dish but the real added benefit to carrots
is that they are naturally sweet with a slight nutty taste and this sweetness works well
in sweet as well as savory dishes giving them a broad range of use.
Like other fresh veggies, they taste best and provide the most nutrition when
home grown or organically grown. Choose brightly colored, uniform in shape and
size, firm to the touch, relatively young, thin carrots as they will be slightly sweeter in
taste than the larger older carrots. Avoid carrots that are soft, withering or have
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