- An excellent source of beta carotene, the precursor of vitamin A.
- A good source of dietary fiber and potassium,
- Help prevent night blindness.
- May help lower blood cholesterol levels and protect against cancer.
- Excessive intake can give skin a yellowish tinge.
Native to Afghanistan, carrots are our most abundant source of beta carotene, a compound that can function as an antioxidant and can also be converted by the body into vitamin A. The more vivid the color of the carrot, the higgher the livels of this important carotenoid. One cup of cooked carrots has 70 calories, 4 g of fiber, and about 18 m of beta carotene. This provides more than 100 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of Vitamin A--a nutrient essential for healthy hair, skin, eyes, bones, and musous membrances, Vitamin A aslo helps prevent infections..