Produce is nature’s way of making sure we eat well. There are few better diets than those of fresh, and all natural, fruits and vegetables. Each one of these fruits and veggies provide different health benefits. Carrots are like a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. There are so many different bonuses to eating carrots and you get a different effect when you eat them raw then when you eat them cooked. Even the roots and greens can be cooked and eaten, and there are additional benefits to be had from those as well.
The carrot has been around for thousands of years and was originally purple. It was until the Dutch decided centuries later that the carrot should reflect their royal heritage, that growers found a way to make carrots orange. Purple carrots have come a long way as they were originally acidic and bitter. Now, taste test among young children have shown that they actually prefer the taste of the purple carrots to those of our standard orange ones.
As is standard with most produce, purple carrots are fat free, low in calories, high in fiber, loaded with vitamins and can fill you up without all the harmful byproducts in many of today’s sugary and salty snack foods. Purple carrots are also high in antioxidants which have been proven to reduce cancer risks among many other wonderful benefits. The FDA has actually approved for growers to market carrots as having no fat, being low in saturated fat, high in Vitamin A, cholesterol free, low in sodium, and a great daily source of fiber. In fact, eating one whole raw carrot gives you enough Vitamin A for an entire day.
Not only does eating this purple power vegetable help you lose weight, but it has additional benefits like protecting blood vessels, fighting against diabetes, improving vision, and reducing allergic reactions and inflammation. The pigment that gives the carrot its fantastic purple color is called anthocyanins and they contain the free radical eliminating antioxidants that are so great for our bodies.
A great way to have your daily intake of purple carrots is in the form of juice. Lots of juicers have joined onto this craze and offer this darker version of carrots in a juice form. You can also find recipes online to make your own purple carrot juice. One glass of purple carrot juice in the morning might be all you need to get your day starting off right. If you like your juice a little bit sweeter, through in some fruits like an apple or blueberries into the mix.
Sometimes when on a weight loss program, switching it up is the key to keeping you diet interesting. Boring diets are ones that do not work. Losing weight does not mean you have to eat just green salad all the time. Purple carrots are great for you and a fantastic conversation starter. You can rest better knowing that eating purple carrots is not only helping you loss weight but is also protecting your body against cancer and helping it keep in shape a multitude of different ways.
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