A veggie that can grow in almost all seasons, carrots seem to be a go-to snack for dieters and simply smart snackers alike! Whether you like to munch on them plain, put them in salads or turn them into a steamed side dish, keep doing what you're doing because they're good for you!
Orange you glad carrots are good for you?
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. Most everyone knows carrots are good for your eyes, which need vitamin A to function properly, but they're also good for your skin, immune system and can protect against heart disease and certain cancers.
Research also shows that carrots may help control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of developing diabetes. They're also pretty high on the list when it comes to foods filled with fiber, which can help fight cholesterol.
Get more golden goodness
Since carrots are so good for you (and are one of the most convenient snacks), you may need a few ideas for how you can get more into your meals. Check out some of these ideas:
Here is a healthy, meatless burger option that includes carrots. Give it a try!
Carrot rice nut burgers
Makes 10 burgers (reduced by half from the original recipe)
Recipe courtesy of All Recipes.
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