Purple Carrots?


Interesting Facts:

  • Carrots originated in Afghanistan.
  • They were purple, red, white and yellow, never orange.
  • Ancient Greeks believed carrots made both men and women amorous 😉 .
  • The Dutch invented orange carrots in the 16th century in honor of the Dutch Royal Family by cross breeding pale yellow carrots and red carrots.
  • China is the worlds leader in carrot production. 35% of the world carrot as of 2004 was from China.
  • 3 carrots can give you enough energy to walk 3 miles.
  • A teaspoon holds about 2000 carrot seeds
  • Carrot is 87%  water.

 

Nutritional Facts:

Carrot is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin k, dietary fibre, vitamin C and potassium.

Boiled, cooked or steamed carrots provide more (as much as 600%) antioxidants such as beta-carotene than raw carrots.

Beta-carotene boosts immune system and reduces risk of cancer

Below are a few benefits of carrots:

  • Improved vision
  • Cancer prevention
  • Immune boosting
  • Anti-aging
  • Healthy skin
  • Healthy teeth and gum
  • Prevents heart disease

 

I didn’t know all of this before my little research. I do however eat carrots almost everyday. You should too.

 
 
Scientific American | http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=raw-veggies-are-healthier
Care2 | http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html
Herbs for Cure | http://www.aimforherbs.com/betcarben.html
Gone Raw | http://goneraw.com/forum/raw-vs-cooked-carrots

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By |January 18th, 2012|14 Comments

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  1. Ada August 9, 2012 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Very enlightening,i like carrot and now iam going to eat more of cooked one, God bless you.

  2. Obi March 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Would love to taste the original carrot species … just wondering what they taste like. Have seen this one they call Daikon (Asian species), they say its in the carrot family but I’ve never tasted it. I guess next week will be experiment week.

    • e__victor
      e__victor March 18, 2012 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Yeah me too. Its weird to know orange was not part of the original family. Let me know how that goes. I’ll lookout for original carrots too.

  3. biolaphard January 26, 2012 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Very enlightening…now,it’s carrot everyday! lol

  4. Relentless Builder January 19, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I actually thought carrots lost their nutritional value from boiling, etc. It’s nice to know that the opposite is the case. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Sasa January 19, 2012 at 3:31 am - Reply

    WOW really good to know these facts. I prefer raw carrots to cooked ones, I can’t believe they are better cooked! I have been decieving myself then. Thanks for the info!

    • e__victor
      e__victor January 19, 2012 at 3:51 am - Reply

      Me too! I’ve never fancied cooked carrots. Its time to start I guess.

  6. cannime January 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Awesome stuff! Very interesting!

  7. 9jafoodie
    9jafoodie January 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Waoooooo….. VERY interesting stuff. 87% water? but I usually feel so full after eating it. Carrot seeds? really???? This is very enlightening, thanks for sharing E_Victor!!

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