Carrots

Carrots (Daucus carota ) are long root vegetables that appear in purple, white, yellow, and most commonly, orange. Carrots have a set of greens on their tops, but are not often sold that way.

Health Benefits of Carrots

  • Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
  • Increased Immune Function
  • Reduced Cancer Risk
  • Protection Against Heart Disease
  • Regulation of Blood Sugar and Insulin Dependence
  • Slowing the progression of AIDS
  • Slowing Aging
  • DNA Repair and Protection
  • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Alzheimer's Protection
  • Osteoporosis Protection
  • Stroke Prevention
  • Antioxidant Protection
  • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
  • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

  • *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Carrots, and may not necessarily be related to Carrots.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Carrots + Complete Nutrition Facts

Vitamin A | Vitamin B3 (Niacin) | Vitamin B6 | Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin C | Vitamin K | Dietary Fiber | Manganese | Potassium |

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Nutrition Facts
Carrots raw                   
Serving Size 100g
Calories 41
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.24g0%
    Saturated Fat 0.037g0%
Cholesterol 0mg~%
Sodium 69mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 9.6g3%
    Dietary Fiber 2.8g11%
    Sugar 4.7g~
Protein 0.9g~
Vitamin A334%Vitamin C10%
Calcium3%Iron2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins  %DV
Vitamin A 16706IU334%
    Retinol equivalents 835μg~
    Retinol 0μg~
    Alpha-carotene 3477μg~
    Beta-carotene 8285μg~
    Beta-cryptoxanthin 0μg~
Vitamin C 5.9mg10%
Vitamin D 0IU (0μg)~%
    D2 Ergocalciferol ~IU (~μg)
    D3 Cholecalciferol ~IU (~μg)
Vitamin E 0.66mg3%
Vitamin K 13.2μg17%
    K1 - Dihydrophylloquinone 0μg~
    K2 - Menaquinone-4 ~μg~
Vitamin B12 0μg~%
Thiamin 0.066mg4%
Riboflavin 0.058mg3%
Niacin 0.983mg5%
Pantothenic acid 0.273mg3%
Vitamin B6 0.138mg7%
Folate 19μg5%
    Folic Acid 0μg~
    Food Folate 19μg~
    Dietary Folate Equivalents 19μg~
Choline 8.8mg~
Lycopene 1μg~
Lutein+Zeaxanthin 256μg~
Minerals  %DV
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
Magnesium 12mg3%
Phosphorus 35mg4%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 320mg9%
Zinc 0.24mg2%
Copper 0.045mg2%
Manganese 0.143mg7%
Selenium 0.1μg0%
Water 88.29g~
Ash 0.97g~
Fatty Acids
Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio0.02
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio57.5
Total Omega 3s2mg
18D3 Linolenic2mg
18D3CN3 Alpha Linolenic(ALA)~mg
18D4 Stearidonic (SDA)0mg
20D3N3 Eicosatrienoic~mg
20D5 Eicosapentaenoic(EPA)0mg
22D5 Docosapentaenoic(DPA)0mg
22D6 Docosahexaenoic(DHA)0mg
Total Omega 6s115mg
18D2115mg
18D2CN6 Linoleic(LA)~mg
18D2CLA Conjugated Linoleic(CLA)~mg
18D3CN6 Gamma-linolenic (GLA)~mg
20D2CN6 Eicosadienoic0mg
20D3N6 Di-homo-gamma-linolenic (DGLA)~mg
20D4N6 Arachidonic (AA)~mg
22D4 Adrenic (AA)~mg
Essential Amino Acids  %RDI
Histidine 40mg6%
Isoleucine 77mg6%
Leucine 102mg4%
Lysine 101mg5%
Methionine 20mg3%
Phenylalanine 61mg7%
Threonine 191mg18%
Tryptophan 12mg4%
Valine 69mg4%
Stats
Percent of Daily CalorieTarget
(2000 calories)
2.05%
Percent Water Composition 88.3%
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g) 0.09

More information on Carrots

How to choose Carrots: Look for carrots with bright colors and no dark spots. Also, try to find firm carrots, and avoid any which are flimsy or wilted.

Climate and origin: Carrots first originated in Afghanistan thousands of years ago. Since then, carrots have be hybridized to the modern carrot we know today. The first modern carrot appeared on the stage in Europe around the 10th or 11th century.

Taste: Carrots are sweet crunchy vegetables that serve as a good compliment in stews or curries.

Miscellaneous information: The orange carrots we know today came from years of selective breeding in Europe to honor the House of Orange during Dutch independence.

Similar tasting produce: Sweet potatoes, Mamey Sapote, Turnips

Recipes using Carrots: Carrot Cucumber Salad with Mint



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