Trivia: Until the end of the 16th century, carrots were purple. It was only then that the new variant, the orange carrot, a spontaneous ‘mutant’ became cultivated within Dutch fields.
While most root vegetables are rich in nutrients, carrots provide vitamins A, C, K and B as well as magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. In the Raw Diet plan they are a source of dietary fiber which supports not only weight management but digestive health as well. Carrots can be consumed fresh, juiced or shredded for the best benefits with just 52 calories per 1cup chopped. They are great as a snack or part of salad.
Since carrots are rich in vitamin A, carrots support bone development, reproduction, vision—especially night vision, and the body’s ability to convert cells into bodily and/or organ tissue. Its A and C vitamins are referred to as antioxidants and enable the body to fight disease—such as cardiovascular or cancer, along with most infections.
Its B vitamins support the body’s energy production, its physical and mental growth along with development, its immune strength, and metabolism, in general. Vitamin K, of course, supports cell growth and development along with proper blood clotting. The Phosphorus and magnesium support heart, muscle and cognitive function.
Since carrots are rich in both dietary fiber and water they benefit the raw food diet greatly in keeping the digestive system healthy and in helping to keep us fuller longer between meals. Their naturally sweet flavor will not interfere with any raw diet plan or blood sugar levels but will help you feel full as well as satisfy cravings for such things as crackers or chips.
Carrots are crunchy and add a great texture to anything dish that they are added. Calories in a raw carrot are minimal and there is virtually no fat. Shredded raw carrots and/or chopped carrot greens make a brilliant addition to salads along with other raw foods such as beets and apples. Also when freshly juiced and combined with soy, zucchini or almond milk and a banana it make a nutritious smoothie.