Carrots are not only healthy for the eyes, as the old joke with a rabbit with glasses suggests, they also have a lot to offer in many other ways. This article shows the health benefits of carrots and which delicious recipes and tips for skin and hair care you can use with carrots.
Healthy, delicious recipes with carrots
Unlike other vegetables, carrots are also a real vitamin bomb in soups or stews. Because heat-sensitive nutrients such as vitamin C are sometimes lost through cooking, but the absorption of the abundant beta-carotene is significantly improved by breaking open the cell walls. Grated or pureed carrots can be eaten raw just as effectively.
Since carotenes are fat-soluble, it is advisable to eat them with a small amount of high-quality vegetable oil.
For more fiber and vitamins in common dishes, try a carrot cake or chili sin carne without soy, but with grated carrots! If the shell is left on, they also provide an extra portion of fiber.
Make carrot juice yourself
Instead of freshly squeezing carrot juice or buying it from health food stores, you can easily make it yourself – even without a juicer.
This is how the homemade carrot juice works:
- Clean or peel five to six carrots (about 400 grams) and grate roughly. With a strong mixer, it may also be enough to cut the carrots only into coarse pieces.
- Process carrots into puree in a blender. If necessary, add a little warm water (up to about 300 milliliters).
- Boil 200 milliliters of water, add to the puree and let stand for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain through a hair sieve, a nut milk bag or a fine cheesecloth, squeeze out well and catch the juice. Let cool, done!
Tip: Combined with homemade apple juice, a little ginger and lemon, the carrot juice becomes a delicious vital substance bomb.
Vitamin-rich raw food carrot salad
For a simple recipe for crunchy carrot and apple salad, you only need the following ingredients:
- 400 g carrots (about 5-6 pieces)
- 2 small apples
- 3-4 tbsp raisins
- 50 ml of orange or lemon juice
- 1 tbsp mild vegetable oil, e.g. Rapeseed oil
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
Clean the carrots and grate them with the apples. Put the orange juice, oil and cinnamon in a screw-top glass and shake. Put together with the raisins under the carrot and apple grater and serve!
Tip: Anyone who prefers crunch can make a delicious alternative to potato chips from carrots. Carrots are also healthy as vegetable spaghetti and enrich the menu.
Recipes with carrots for skin and hair
The antioxidant effect of the abundant beta-carotene also makes the carrot a perfect care product for skin and hair. It protects against UV radiation and free radicals and thus prevents aging processes.
Make carrot oil yourself
Carrot oil is found in many anti-aging products. With a handful of grated carrots, some vegetable oil and about three to five weeks, you can easily make such a carrot oil yourself. It can be used on the skin instead of creams and lotions and, when used as a hair treatment, gives dull, splitting-prone hair new strength and new shine.
Face mask with carrots
An anti-aging mask against wrinkles with carrots is very quickly mixed and helps to prevent wrinkles in a natural way.
Do the following:
- Mix a tablespoon of carrot juice and a tablespoon of olive oil.
- Apply the mixture to the cleansed face.
- Dab after 20 minutes with a clean rag or cloth. Then do not wash or apply cream.
This mask can be applied twice a week.
Store carrots properly for a longer shelf life
In order for carrots to have their full effect in all recipes, pesticide-free organic produce from regional cultivation is particularly recommended. The orange-red beets are best stored cool and dark in the basement or in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator. The best way to cut off the carrot green, which can still be recycled healthily, is to prevent the carrots from withering. Carrots can be kept for up to two weeks.
Tip: You can revive worn out carrots and other vegetables by placing them in cold water for several hours.
Carrots and their nutritional values
The nutrient content of carrots varies greatly depending on the variety and type of cultivation. On average contain 100 grams:
- Calorific value 130 kJ (26 kcal)
- 1 g protein
- 4.8 g carbohydrates, of which 4.6 g sugar
- 0.2 g fat
- 3.6 g of fiber
In addition to the abundant B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin K and many minerals (e.g. potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and iron), the carrot excels in the following nutrients:
- Beta carotene (provitamin A) is metabolized to vitamin A, which is important for the immune system, an intact skin barrier, healthy mucous membranes, visual acuity and the light-dark adaptation of the eye.
- Soluble and insoluble fiber stimulate intestinal activity and metabolism, which helps, for example, to lower blood lipid levels.
- A low fat and sugar content with high satiety helps you lose weight.
Carrots – healthy for the heart, intestines and eyes
Carrots have a variety of supportive and preventive effects for various physical complaints.
Carrots for vascular diseases
Certain vascular diseases, such as arteriosclerosis, can be counteracted by the daily consumption of carrots. The pectin it contains, a water-soluble fiber, binds bile acids and thus helps to lower cholesterol levels.
In addition, the high fiber content, combined with a low fat and sugar content, has a particularly positive effect on the heart and blood vessels. Eating carrots regularly reduces the risk of one Stroke or Heart attack and from high blood pressure.
Carrots for a healthy intestinal flora
The favorable ratio of soluble and insoluble fiber makes carrots particularly digestible. That brings them Intestinal flora on the move – even for people who are otherwise very sensitive to fiber. It is not for nothing that the carrot is a popular vegetable for baby’s first mash.
Carrots for good eyesight
The carotenes it contains are important for good Eyesight and prevent night blindness. It is not for nothing that vitamin A, which is converted from beta-carotene, is also called the “eye vitamin”. Vitamin A protects the skin also against UV radiation, which prevents sunburn and ensures a healthier complexion.
Carrots for other ailments
The tender root vegetables taste naturally sweet, but are still low in calories, which is also the case with the treatment of Obesity is useful. Raw carrots in particular create a long-lasting feeling of satiety thanks to the high proportion of insoluble fiber. Fluctuations in blood sugar levels are naturally regulated – this also makes the carrot an optimal food for people who are on Diabetes mellitus or acne are ill.
How many carrots a day?
No food alone can guarantee adequate nutrition – not even the carrot. However, since it is a particularly good source of carotene alongside sweet potatoes, pumpkin, kale and other dark green leafy vegetables, the following calculation can help to clarify the daily requirement using the example with the carrot.
Depending on the variety, 100 grams of carrots contain around 7.8 milligrams of beta-carotene. The conversion of this carotene to vitamin A varies from person to person, but is on average around 17%. This means that about 3.9 milligrams of vitamin A can be formed from 100 grams of carrots. The daily requirement of an adult is 0.8-1.0 milligrams of vitamin A. According to this, 60-80 grams of carrots (corresponds to approximately a medium-sized carrot) per day are sufficient to cover the vitamin A requirement and also a lot of other good things to do for his health.
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