Once there is a carrot, we immediately thought of Bugs Bunny character is always chewing carrot. And it turns out, this typical appearance of vegetables that have properties quite powerful.
According to WHO (World Health Organization), the habit of eating carrots can indeed help prevent blindness. Even noted, vitamin A deficiency causes blindness (total or partial) on almost 350,000 children from 75 countries every year.
Unfortunately, children are often difficult to eat vegetables. No exception carrots. In fact, vegetables, bright orange, with a length of 10-20 cm and a diameter of 1.5 to 3 cm have a lot of substances that are beneficial to health.
In this world, known to many varieties of carrots with a variety of sizes and colors. However, the most frequently encountered in the market is, the color orange. Even so, there are also carrots for the index finger, the baby carrots. To eat, usually carrots were peeled and washed, so ready to be consumed as a healthy snack.
Then, why carrots are rich in vegetables called benefits? Carrots are rich in compounds carotene and other phytochemical compounds. Also, carrots laden vitamins (B and C), calcium, and fiber sources are very good.
Vitamin A and beta-carotene. How much vitamin A in carrots could be guessed from its color. The more orange, red, or purple color, the higher its vitamin A content. The existence of color because the pigment carotene. What is it?
Carotene word comes from the Latin word which means carrots (carrots), which is yellow and orange pigments in fruits and vegetables. One member of carotene compounds are widely known is beta-carotene, the compound to be converted to be vitamin A (retinol) by the body. That is why, beta-carotene is often called pro-vitamin A (source of vitamin A).
The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A in the amount so sparingly. The rest will remain as beta-carotene. Nature is what causes beta-carotene acts as a source of vitamin A is safe. So, unlike vitamin A supplements that can cause poisoning, if given in excess
Phytochemicals. Are chemical compounds derived from plants, including pigments (dyes) plants. Well, phytochemical in carrots that also play an important role, particularly as an antioxidant, is the variety of phenolic compounds commonly found in skin.
Another important phytochemical-carotene is negligent. Allegedly, this is a compound that is more