Nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day are now recommended, and variety is important because different vegetables benefit different cognitive domains (see also here). Carrots are rich in Beta Carotene, which when eaten in whole foods may reduce the risk of some types of cancer (see also here, here). Carrots are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which are important for healthy eyesight (see also here). Carrots are not particularly high in antioxidants, as compared to some other fruits and vegetables. But eating regular carrots is better than eating baby carrots. Carrots always increase in antioxidant value when cooked, no matter what the cooking method (see also here). Crops have declines 15% in nutrient value so that just means we have to eat more yummy fruits and veggies! But commercial carrot juice has been found to contain the carcinogen benzene so it is probably best avoided.
Topic summary contributed by Denise.
To help out on the site, email email@example.com
Watch videos about carrots
December 27, 2013
Greens vs. Glaucoma
Kale and collard greens contain vision-protecting plant nutrients such as zeaxanthin that may significantly lower the risk of glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness.
December 13, 2013
How to Reach the Antioxidant “RDA”
Even nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day may not reach the minimum recommended intake of antioxidants if one doesn’t make the right choices.
September 2, 2013
Tricks to Get Kids to Eat Healthier at School
Interventions to improve child nutrition at school have included everything from reducing cookie size, adding fruit to classroom cupcake celebrations, and giving vegetables attractive names, to more...
February 6, 2013
Plant-Based Diets: Dental Health
Those eating more sour fruit may risk greater erosion of their tooth enamel (especially if teeth are brushed in a softened state), but there's a simple solution.
December 28, 2012
Preventing Breast Cancer By Any Greens Necessary
Which was associated with lowest breast cancer risk in African-American women? Apples, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, collard greens, grapefruit, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, or...
May 18, 2012
Prevent Glaucoma and See 27 Miles Farther
The risk of glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness, appears to be dramatically reduced by kale or collard greens consumption, thanks to the phytonutrient pigments lutein and zeaxanthin.
May 16, 2012
May 15, 2012
Apples and Oranges: Dietary Diversity
In addition to quantity and quality, the variety of fruits and vegetables consumed matters, as many phytonutrients are not evenly distributed among the various families and parts of plants.