Fruits & Vegetables

15 Luscious Facts About Carrots

The carrot is a root vegetable that is frequently touted as the ideal health food. It’s crunchy, tasty, and packed with nutrients. Carrots are especially high in fiber, beta carotene, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They also have a variety of health advantages.

  1. Orange skin caused by eating too many carrots is called carotenemia. This condition happens with excessive consumption of carotene-rich foods, such as carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes.
  2. The carrot got its name from the French word carotte, which in turn comes from the Latin Carota.
  3. The scientific name of carrots is Daucus carota subsp. sativus.
  4. Before the 17th century, carrots used to be the color purple.
  5. Carrots originated in modern-day Iran and Afghanistan.
  6. The human body is comprised of 20,000 genes. Whereas carrot has 32000 which is more than that of humans.
  7. There are over 40 varieties of carrots in 5 different colors.
  8. The five main colors in which carrots are found: orange, red, purple, white, and yellow. Each color has a different health benefit. Orange carrots contain beta carotene, with some alpha-carotene, both of which are orange pigments.
  9. Carrot juice may offer many benefits due to its concentrated levels of nutrients. However, carrot juice has less fiber and more sugar than whole carrots.
  10. China is the world’s biggest producer of carrots and turnips, accounting for nearly 48.2 % of the total output of the world.
  11. China is also the biggest consumer of carrots, the second-biggest consumer is Uzbekistan, and the third is Russia.
  12. The biggest importer of carrots and turnips in the year 2018 were Germany ($189M), United States ($127M), Canada ($119M), Russia ($89.9M), and France ($87.3M).
  13. Although carrot allergy is uncommon, it can cause serious complications for some people. Occasionally, a whole-body reaction, called anaphylaxis, may occur. Anaphylaxis can happen even if you’ve only had mild allergic reactions to carrots in the past.
  14. Carrots have numerous health benefits; some of them are:-
    • Reduce the risk of cancer
    • Lower’s the Blood cholesterol
    • May help in weight loss.
    • Improves Eye health
    • Improves digestion
    • Improves skin
  15. Raw carrots are 88% water, 9% carbohydrates, 0.9% protein, 2.8% dietary fiber, 1% ash and 0.2% fat. Carrot dietary fiber comprises mostly cellulose, with smaller proportions of hemicellulose, lignin, and starch. Free sugars in carrots include sucrose, glucose, and fructose.

Nutrition Facts of Carrots

Here are the nutrition facts for a raw carrot that weighs around 61 g.

  • Energy (calories): 25
  • Carbohydrate:5.8 — including 2.9 g of sugar
  • Fiber:1.7 g
  • Calcium: 20.1 mg
  • Phosphorus: 21.4 mg
  • Potassium: 195 mg
  • Vitamin C: 3.6 mg
  • Folate: 11.6 (mcgDFE)
  • Vitamin A: (509 mcg RAE)
  • Beta-carotene: 5,050 mcg
  • Alpha carotene: 2,120 mcg
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin : 156 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin K: 8.1 mcg

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