What are the benefits of carrots?

carrotsNo, you are not a Bugs Bunny but you should eat carrot!!

So you thought that only rabbits and Looney Tunes bunnies should go crazy over carrots. If you only knew the many carrot benefits in store for you, then perhaps you would be more enthusiastic the next time you see that bright speck of orange in an ocean of greens. The benefits of carrot as a source of everyday nutrients should not be disregarded, as this vegetable has a lot more to offer than what its blunt appearance suggests.

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Known by the scientific name Daucus carota, the natural benefits of carrot include the primary nutrient of which it is a rich source: Carotenoids. You would know that this vegetable is truly a rich source of carotenoids when the nutrient itself has been named after it. While Beta-Carotene appears to be the dominant Carotenoid present, carrots also have Alpha-Carotene and Lutein, as well as other antioxidants such as Vitamin C. Needless to say, there is no arguing when it comes to the nutritional value of carrot as a vegetable.

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When one says carrot, what automatically comes to mind are the many benefits it could give for your eyes. If we are to believe urban legends, there are even some myths about the ability of carrots to give you superhuman powers. Remember that story about British soldiers during World War II who were said to have eaten many carrots that it enabled them to see at night? While the benefits of carrots for your eyesight could not be denied, such stories are best left for fiction writers. Aside from healthy eyes, carrots also do wonders to your heart thanks to the rich antioxidants that they have. The very same antioxidants also decrease the risk for cancer.

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In terms of what illness and diseases carrot cures, we cannot really say that they can really cure them per se, but rather help avoid them. As doctors would like to say, prevention would always be better than cure. Given this vegetable’s stellar reputation in helping maintain good eyesight, regular intake is said to be helpful in decreasing the risk of glaucoma and cataracts. The risk of cancer, particularly that of the colon could also be lessened, again thanks to the rich antioxidant content. Aside from this, a lot of people are not aware of the carrot’s antiseptic properties. Whether shredded or boiled, applying carrots on cuts and bruises could hasten recovery.

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Having specified all these benefits, is there really an instance when to avoid carrot consumption? Who should avoid carrot intake for health reasons? Well, there is indeed one rare illness that could be associated not with too much carrot intake per se, but that of too much Beta-Carotene. This is called Carotoderma, wherein some parts of the body turn yellow or orange due to excessive Beta-Carotene that the body is unable to filter and convert into Vitamin A. This excess in Beta-Carotene fortunately, is very rare. So while there is undoubtedly some side effects, the benefits of carrots far outweigh the problems—if there are any at all!

Why onions are common in everyday dishes?

Want to know why Onions are common in everyday dishes?

onionOnions and garlics are mostly grouped together in supermarkets because they are actually cousins. Belonging to the same genus, Allium cepa is to onion as Allium sativum is to garlic. Onions are seldom eaten raw, even though it is not really uncommon for it to be utilized as such. More often than not, it is used as an ingredient to spice up traditional dishes in many parts of the world, especially in the east. Aside from being an essential part of someone’s sandwich, onions are also known to make people cry, particularly when it is being cut and its layers exposed. Onion benefits from ideal sulfur content, a characteristic trait of the Allium family, from which many of the natural benefits of onion are derived.

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The many benefits of onion in terms of health could be attributed to its nutritional content. Just like garlic, onions have high polyphenol and flavonoid content, which is mainly responsible for its cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits. Traces of Vitamin C, Molybdenum, and Manganese have also been detected in onions.

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As it is rich in antioxidants, the nutritional value of onion guarantees less risk of most forms of cancer. Onions also contain amino acids which are rich in sulfur, which aids in the filtration and detoxification of heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium. While its cousin, garlic, is more popular in terms of cardiovascular advantages, onions have also been the subject of several researches for its contribution in healthy blood circulation. Its sulfur content is proven to have lowered blood cholesterol in animals, leading to improved blood circulation. Tests on humans have been scarce, but given how onions are common in everyday dishes; the probability of a heart attack or a stroke could be expected to be less for people who have regular intake.

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What illness and diseases onion cures has been a constant arena for debate because of less research present to cover such area. However, onions have been known to treat asthma because of its bronchial muscle-relaxing capabilities. The high antioxidant content also means good prevention for cancer. Onions are also said to be effective weapons against rheumatism thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, although there are more studies for this correlation between inflammatory diseases and garlic.

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When to avoid onion intake, or excessive ingestion thereof? There is no use in arguing that onions, just like garlic, have a rather pungent scent because of its sulfur content. As such, it has often been related to halitosis. Aside from this concern, who should avoid onion consumption altogether? Well, there are some people who are allergic to onions for some reason and would obviously do better in moderating intake to avoid potential health problems. If anything, there have been reports on onions containing some toxins which have mostly been derived from the preparation and production of this consumer good, may it be through pesticide residues or whatever harmful element gathered during shipment. In any case, there isn’t much to fear in terms of side effects.