Baby Carrots, Nutritional Facts and Health Benefits

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Baby Carrots, Nutritional Facts and Health Benefits

Baby Carrots are a real treat! When I hear someone mention baby carrots, I think of small pale orange carrots with that little green nib on top. They’re nutty but sweet, crunchy but soft, easily dippable into almost any dip or lovely just eaten on their own.

In vegetables, most of their nutrition lies just underneath the skin, so it’s never a good

idea to peel them. Flush them clean by twirling them in the water from a cold tap set to medium jet.

Please never peel them, or potatoes or anything else- unless you’re told to. Just eat and enjoy the skin the same way you would the rest of the item.

An Amazingly Nutritional Little Veg

One serving of this vegetable has 250% of your recommended dose of Vitamin A. Further, this particular antioxidant is necessary for your eye health and your immune system. Plus, it also helps to keep your heart, kidneys, and other organs functioning properly.

They are bursting with health and goodness: look at this;

Healthy Eyes

The vitamin A in this vegetable plays a big part in helping you to maintain healthy eyes. They call it retinol, and this antioxidant protects your eyes from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Skin Health

Oxidants like Vitamin A in baby carrots help your body to fight off free radicals and oxidative stress. This helps to promote healthy, glowing skin and protects against sun damage.

Oral Health

Did you know that the baby carrot is almost your best friend? They help with oral health, so they help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Their crunchy texture lets them act almost like a toothbrush. They scrub your teeth so that as you chew, they remove harmful plaque stains leaving you with a brighter smile.

Better Digestion

Baby Carrots have a fair amount of dietary fiber. Fiber supports healthy digestion and helps you to decrease your risk of colonic cancer.

Immunity

Vitamin C in baby carrots helps to support a healthy immune system. When your immune system works right, your body can fight off infections and heal itself more effectively.

Just look at what you’re eating – you’ll be so pleased:

Nutrients per Serving:

A standard serving of baby carrots (3/4 cup) has:

  • 40                                Calories
  • 1 gm                          Protein
  • Less than 1 gm        Fat
  • 9 gms                         Carbohydrates
  • 2 gms                         Fiber
  • 5 gms                         Sugar
  • 45 mgs                       Sodium

More Nutrients     

That’s not all. The other nutrients in baby carrots include:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Folate

Antioxidants

In addition to these essential vitamins and minerals, baby carrots also contain lots of antioxidants—all of the nutrients in this little orange vegetable help provide you with many health benefits.

Baby Carrots are perfect to go into the lunch box of little children.

How to prepare Baby Carrots

When preparing baby carrots for cooking, choose only the brightest and best, the firmest and crisp ones. If the ones you’re buying are sold in bags, it’s not easy to see through the bag, so make sure you purchase the ones with the least moisture. Too much humidity will be too much damp, and your baby carrots could be slimy or rotten instead of dry, firm, and crisp – so be very careful.

  • You can eat baby carrots raw—lots of crunches and a healthy snack.
  • Why not dip those raw carrots into hummus or peanut butter.
  • Make into slivers and create a fresh salad vinaigrette.
  • Add to a smoothie for extra vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, plus the color orange!
  • Juice them for a fresh flavored beverage
  • Make a light soup off them together with other veg, onions, peas, broccoli, etc.
  • Coat with a drizzle of oil and roast with other root veggies
  • Sautéed with brown sugar & honey or maple syrup & topped with dill or thyme
  • Boiled and served with butter.
  • Boiled and served with butter mixed with a pinch of aniseed (my fave)

Can you be Allergic to Baby Carrots?

Yes, you can be allergic to Baby Carrots – though it’s rare. If you are allergic to any food, doctors say that about 25% of these allergic people could also be allergic to baby carrots. If you don’t know and it concerns you, get it checked.

What Happens If You Eat Too Many of These Baby Carrots?

You’d have to eat enormous quantities, but your skin will turn a light orange color if you do. This color will go when you stop eating so many carrots.

Baby Carrots Don’t Last as Long as The Other Carrots.

It’s because they’ve been peeled, and therefore their outer protection has been removed. It you buy peeled baby carrots; you need to refrigerate them to keep them as fresh as you can and eat you within a couple of weeks. Further, freezing them, without the peel, is not advised.

Let’s Cook:

Parmesan Crusted Baby Carrots

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound carrots chopped
  • 2 teaspoon butter
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese

Instructions
 

  • Put chopped carrots into a pot. Cover them with water and bring to the boil. Then let them sit and simmer for about 15 mins until cooked—the strain.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat and put the cooked carrots there to color up a little – 1 to 2 mins.
  • Sprinkle the parmesan cheese thickly over the carrots. Wait about 30 seconds, then stir, cook and stir for another 1 – 2minutes. Serve with the rest of the meal. – maybe veal parmesan. You could use finely chopped onion in this recipe to ring the changes.

Nutritional Facts:

Per serving

57.3                                        Calories

2g4%/DV                              Protein

7.4g 2%DV                            Carbs

2.5g 4% DV                          Fat

6.5mg 2% DV                       Cholesterol

112.8mg 5% DV                  Sodium

A Very Healthy Recipe

This is a healthy recipe – as you can see- and we trust you will thoroughly enjoy it. There are so very many recipes where carrots are the stars of the dish, but most of them have honey, syrup, sugar, or some else that’s incredibly sweet and detracts, therefore, from the freshness of the dish, so we chose this one, and you can try the sweet ones at a later stage.

Cooked or Raw – Which is Best?

Cooked Carrots are a little more nutritious than the raw ones but, they are just bursting with healthy goodness, so if you want to eat them naturally – go ahead; you’ll still gain lots of vitamins and minerals.

Are Microwaves Safe to Cook Carrots?

You prepare your baby carrots for steaming in the microwave. You have prepared them correctly, but when you put them in the microwave and set the program, it starts flashing and arcing, and it seems like it’s going to blow up.

Does Arcing mean your Food will be Affected and Your Microwave Broken?

It’s not a good idea to cook carrots in a microwave because the carrots are so dense, they will always cause arcing, and it will always look like the microwave has broken down.

A Warning Sign

I would take it as a warning sign and get the Food out of the microwave fast. The microwave will probably be OK – and so will the Food but, the Food won’t be cooked; not now and not ever if you insist on using the microwave.

Too Dense

In truth, because the carrots are so dense, as they cause this arcing, they will not be cooking, so when you take them out, they’ll be almost the same as you put them in. Don’t do it – there are lots of other healthy ways to cook a carrot.

Enjoy What You Have and Keep It Simple

You’ve probably heard stories of poachers on local estates, stealing Food (i.e., killing animals) and then cooking it on the spot while hiding in the woods, by using a few twigs to make a fire and an old pot in which to cook all their ill-gotten gains!

Poachers – a Cautionary Tale

It’s a cautionary tale in a way, so enjoy the excellent produce that you have and always try to keep things simple. If the microwave starts arcing and sparking, chances are you are being warned to turn it off and get the Food out. Try, try again, doesn’t apply here.

A Carrot and Dip Setting

At a particular event, I saw a large black plate. In the center there was a white dish of dip, and arranged all the way around the dip (on the black plate) were orange baby carrots. It looked terrific – fresh and healthy and attractive – and everyone made a b-line for that first, so it just goes to show that people automatically know what’s right for them.

There’s a Carrot in My Hand

Here’s the irony, I’m writing this while chewing on a little carrot – sweet and nutty and very pleasant. Don’t ask me how it got into my hand. Clearly, I was inspired and pre-occupied by these words, and I obtained a carrot for myself without realizing it! There are no carrots insight in my office?????

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