Why Carrots Are Good For You

Carrots are one of those vegetables even picky eaters usually like. Unlike green veggies, they don’t get a whole lot of press for being nutritious, but like all fresh produce, they are really good for you.

Here is why:

  • They are a great source of fiber, so good for your digestive system and your cholesterol.
  • They are full of beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A, supporting eye health, your immune system, and your skin.
  • Carrots contain vitamin K which, among other things, helps your cardiovascular system and your bones.
  • Carrots are full of antioxidants. Antioxidants are protective against many forms of cancer.
  • Additionally, they are a great low-cal way to fill up. Interestingly, while you get lots of health benefits from snacking on raw carrots, they are better for you cooked.

No wonder the Easter Bunny is living so long!!

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Side Note: If you have an infant, try to avoid the temptation to introduce orange vegetables first. While they are good for your child, they are sweeter and may spoil their taste for other vegetables. Starting with the green stuff will improve their chances of enjoying all kinds of foods. Not to mention, too many orange vegetables can discolor the skin.


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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.


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