Benefits How to Make Recipe for Carrot Juice - The carrot is is a root vegetable and is recognised by it orange colour though there are red, purple, yellow and white varieties. The most commonly part of a carrot is the orange taproot although some people do use the green tops in salads and such.
The carrot as we know it today has been 'domesticated' from the original wild carrot Dacus Carota and is native to Europe and South-western Asia. It is now cultivated and grown is almost every part of the world today and plays a part in almost all cuisines from East to West in all its forms ,cooked, raw and made into juices and even used in cakes.
Carrot juice on its own or with other ingredients has become a very popular drink. It is even good for babies but obviously for them it would have to be fairly diluted! Carrots are a very good source of vitamin A. the carrot also contains vitamin C, calcium, fibre, vitamin K, folate, manganese,magnesium and zinc.
There are a great number of reasons why carrots are so good for one. Carrots are a rich source of Beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is very good for the eyesight especially for night vision Studies have also shown that carrots play a role in reducing the risk of some cancers such as lung, breast and colon cancer.
Some other benefits of eating carrots are: they help in preventing heart disease and strokes, they are good for healthy teeth and gums and the vitamin A content helps the liver flush the body of toxins. As to side effects of eating too many carrots there does not seem to be many at all. The only one that seems to have come to light is the fact that the carotene may make your skin look a little orange but this is not harmful and does fade.
Apart from eating carrots, drinking carrot juice is very popular and makes a very refreshing and palatable drink. It is thought to be particularly advantageous for prenatal care, for both mother and baby. Some studies have shown that babies that have both milk and carrot juice to drink get the best possible quantity of vitamin A in their diet.
The carrot is one of the most flexible vegetables for juicing and normally a staple in everyone's kitchen. They couple well with almost any fruit or vegetable.
Following are a few ideas for carrot juice.
Carrot and Parsley Juice:
5 sprigs parsley
Clean carrots and parsley and juice. This is good for an energy boost as well as parsley is a good body cleanser.
Carrot and Apple Juice:
Core apples and juice!
For a slightly warmer tasting juice you can add some ginger.
Carrot and Orange Juice:
Peel the oranges and juice with the carrots. This is best served cold.