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We have all been brought up to believe that carrots are good for the eyesight due to the fact that carrots contain beta-carotene. While this is true, several research studies conducted around the world recently have concluded that carrots have a host of other health benefits. This has led to carrots being hailed as ‘the new kale’ – which was considered a super food in 2013. 

Good for the heart and digestion. Carrots contain carotenoids, which are believed to reduce the incidence of heart disease. Furthermore, carrots are a good source of fibre, which lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol levels and aids digestion, and phytochemicals, which can prevent digestive problems including diarrhoea, flatulence, constipation and dysentery.

Delays aging and prevents cancer. Carrots are rich in antioxidants, which slow down the aging of cells. Antioxidants are believed to help prevent cancer, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s. Carrots also contain falcarinol (a natural antifungal pesticide) which is believed to reduce the occurrence of different types of cancer. According to research conducted by the University of Sheffield in 2011, carrots contain polyacetylenes, a compound that can destroy cells that cause leukaemia and prevent its progression.

Protects against a host of diseases. Carrots are a good source of iron and they are increasingly recommended to people who are anaemic. They also have               anti-inflammatory agents which help prevent, and even cure, inflammatory diseases including arthritis, rheumatism and gout.

Good for the skin. The Vitamin A in carrots ensures a glowing skin, and what is more, a facial mask made from shredded carrots and honey
is also believed to give the face an instant lift.

– Dr Beenish Israr                                                                                                   The writer is lecturer of Food and Nutrition at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. 

First published in the ADBUZZZZ Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on February 23, 2014.