Carrots are root vegetables that are usually a bright orange with a sweet juice that is not only a wonderful beverage, but also highly nutritious. A glass of carrot juice normally contains about 80 calories and can serve as a nutritive alternative to the usual glass of water. You can include a carrot juice recipe as part of your diet plan to be an alternative to beverages like soda, which contain excess calories that keep you from shedding off the weight you are probably trying so hard to lose.
Carrots have many significant nutrients besides a low calorie count. Beta-carotene and lutein is present in large quantities in carrots, which is converted to Vitamin A. When Vitamin A gets to the retina of the eye, it becomes rhodopsin that helps improve night-vision.Research has also shown evidence that carotenoids in carrots have helped reduce significantlythe risk of breast cancer after menopause. It has also been proved to help reduce by at least half, the occurrence of cancer in the bladder, prostate, larynx, colon, lungs and cervix. A glass of carrot juice some minutes before a meal can be a wonderful appetizer, too.
You might be amazed at how sweet carrot juice is, if you have never had it before. The beauty with carrot juice is its versatility when combined with other vegetables or fruits. For a healthy and nutritious carrot juice recipe, you need to cut up the carrots into small pieces so that they can go into your blender. If you are using a juicer, then you may use them as they are. You will need at least six carrots to make a glass of carrot juice. If you will be blending the carrots, then a little water can be added to smoothen the blending. You can mix with parsley, apples, lettuce, beetroot, spinach, bell pepper and even tomatoes, just to mention a few.
My carrot juice recipe
- 6 carrots (medium size)
- Half lemon
- 1 fresh turmeric or 0.5 teaspoon full dried
- Pinch of dried cinnamon
- 1 ginger
- Half cup of water
Put all the ingredients in a juicer (here is my best juicer choice) and allow enough time to juice. Your carrot juice will be ready within 5 minutes. You can sieve or if you prefer to take it together with the pulp, just do it. I like it that way.
Carrots Nutritional Facts
Carrots have numerous health benefits that you can easily tap by often juicing them. Some of the best know benefits are;
- Carrots are notably very rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants and dietary fibers. However, they are not very rich in calories as you will only get 41 calories per 100 g carrot weight. Carrots Sweet and crunchy carrots are notably rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber. They provide only 41 calories per 100 g, negligible amount of fat and no cholesterol.
- In addition, they are especially rich in many B-complex groups of vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid, etc., that acts as co-factors to enzymes during substrate metabolism in the body.
- Further, they also compose healthy levels of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme,superoxide dismutase.
- Carrots are rich inpoly-acetylene antioxidant, falcarinol. Research study conducted by scientists at University of Newcastle on laboratory animals has found that falcarinol in carrots may help fight against cancers by destroying pre-cancerous cells in the tumors.
- Carotenes converted into vitamin A in the liver cells. Beta-carotene is the major carotene present in these roots. Beta carotene is one of the powerful natural anti-oxidant that helps protect human body from harmful oxygen-free radical injury. In addition, it also carry out all the functions of vitamin-A such as maintaining good eye health, reproduction (sperm production), maintenance of epithelial integrity, growth and development.
- Fresh roots are also good in vitamin C; provide about 9% of RDA. Vitamin-C is water soluble anti-oxidant. It helps the body maintain healthy connective tissue, teeth and gum. Its anti-oxidant property helps the human body protect from diseases and cancers by scavenging action on harmful free radicals.
- Carrots are a very rich source of carotenes and vitamin-A. Indeed a 100 g fresh carrot contains 8285 µg ofbeta-carotene and 16706 IU of vitamin A. Scientific studies have found that flavonoid compounds in carrots can offer protect from skin, oral cavity and lung cancers.
Carrots Nutritional Facts
|Nutrition value per 100 g. Total-ORAC value 666 umol TE/100 g.
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.24 g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber||2.8 g||7%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.273 mg||5.5%|
|Vitamin A||16706 IU||557%|
|Vitamin C||5.9 mg||10%|
|Vitamin K||13.2 µg||11%|