Some people think of carrots as the ultimate health food, while generations of parents have told their children that eating carrots will help them see in the dark. Is this true? What other benefits may carrots have?
Antioxidants are nutrients present in plant-based foods. They help the body remove free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause cell damage if too many accumulate in the body.
The table below shows the amount of each nutrient in a medium-sized, raw carrot that weighs around 61 g.
It also shows how much of each nutrient an adult should consume each day, according to the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Needs vary, however, according to sex and age.
Nutrients Amount in 1 medium, raw carrot Daily recommendation for adults Energy (calories) 25 1,600–3,200 Carbohydrate (g) 5.8 — including 2.9 g of sugar 130 Fiber (g) 1.7 22.4–33.6 Calcium (millgrams [mg]) 20.1 1,000–1,300 Phosphorus (mg) 21.4 700–1,250 Potassium (mg) 195 4,700 Vitamin C (mg) 3.6 65–90 Folate (mcg DFE) 11.6 400 Vitamin A (mcg RAE) 509 700–900 Beta carotene (mcg) 5,050 No data Alpha carotene (mcg) 2,120 No data Lutein & zeaxanthin (mcg) 156 No data Vitamin E (mg) 0.4 15 Vitamin K (mcg) 8.1 75–120
Carrots also contain various B vitamins and traces of iron and other minerals.Content Courtesy - Medical News Today