Carrots so common in our market in all seasons is an ignored food treasure!
Some people may ask, carrot juice …Why is it important to take it? What can it prevent and how?Carrots are root vegetables, bright in colour and have a sweet tasting juice. It is low cost in some countries but In Cameroon its cost depends on the season and region. It has a long storage life, so can be kept for long in the house. Houses with a juicer can make carrot juice as they want. In Cameroon carrot juice is not commonly found in our juice bars or in our grocery stores just because it is not in our culture to drink carrot as juice, so homes with a juicer don’t have the habit to make carrot juice. To answer to the question, what can it prevent? Here are some benefits of carrot juice.
Due to its high beta carotene (precursor of vitamin A) and lutein content, it improves eyesight by protecting against night blindness. The best way to detect a vitamin A deficiency is to walk from a well-lighted room to a dark room; your eyes should have some trouble to adjust to the change in light if you are deficient.
It can be a great appetizer, by stimulating the secretion of digestive juice when taken 20 min before eating a meal. The high level of carotene (xanthophyll), alpha and gamma carotene, lycopene and lutein help to prevent cancer due to their antioxidant properties by decreasing post-menopausal breast cancer for 20%, 50% for the occurrence of larynx, colon, prostate, cervix and bladder cancers.
It regulates sugar due to high carotene, help to counter the bad side effects associated with smoking like emphysema thanks to it pro-vitamin A, help fight against psoriasis and dry skin problems, a regular and large intake of carrot juice like 2-3 pints each day is good for liver detoxification by reducing bile and fat in the liver. It enriches lactation with vitamin A so good for the mother and child.
Carrot has special fibers that helps regulate the intestinal transit. In case of slow transit, it helps fight against constipation by bringing to the food of complement of fibers that particularly well tolerated. Adversely, it also efficient in case of diarrhoea,”carrot stew”(cooked and blended carrots) or carrot puree are currently used. Carrot’fibers have a high water sequestration power thus improve faeces consistency.
Carrots also possess a positive effect on blood cholesterol. According to studies carried out in the USA, food enrichment with 200g of raw carrots daily can decrease cholesterol by 11%, due to its fibers, particularly pectins that have a sequestrating action on bile salts and fatty acids.
A serving of carrot juice is a cup of 240ml and has around 80 kcal. For a 2000kcal diet a day, it counts for 4% of your daily caloric intake. A serving contains the following nutrients:
-vitamin A (340% of your recommendeddaily allowance, RDA)
-Vitamin K (37mg which represent 30-41% of RDA)
-vitamin C (20mg which represent 22-27% of RDA)
-vitamin B6 (0.5mg which represent 38% of RDA)
-0.01mg of B1 and 0.02mg of B2 in 100g of carrot
-potassium (18% of RDA)
-iron (1.1mg which represents 6-7% of RDA)
-for the macronutrients it contains 0.7g of fat, 1.3g of protein and 18g of carbohydrates
Carrot has a natural sugar so diabetics should ask their dietician how much carrot juice is recommended in their diet.