Hands up, if like me, you grew up believing that eating carrots help you see in the dark. As I had always wanted to be a superhero (rather than a princess), I once scoffed so many carrots on the quiet that the palms of my hands turned orange. Harmless enough, but the downside was, it did not help my eyesight one jot.
Carrots are indeed rich Vitamin A which are required for healthy vision, but they are also rich in carotenoids (which give carrots their colour). These carotenoids have the ability to neutralise free radicals that can damages your healthy cells. Carotenoids are also powerful antioxidants. Both these pieces of information came from Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine respectively.
Additionally, carotenoids also have anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits and are sometimes associated with cardiovascular disease prevention. As we cannot make carotenoids in our body, we have to eat them. But here’s the piece: Carotenoids need to be consumed with a fat in order for the body to absorb them. So for me, it is a good drink to go with my full English breakfast.
And here’s a creative idea for you: I use the carrot pulp to thicken soups, which gives soups that slightly sweeter taste.
Eating colours is always a very good idea and I take great pains to ensure that my family does.