Carrots provide vitamin A and its precursor, beta-carotene so they may help keep your eyes healthy. Vitamin A is important for the surface of your eyes and eyelids and beta-carotene is a potent antioxidant that protects the cells of your eyes (and the rest of your body) from free radical damage due to pollution and excess sun exposure.
Carrots are also good for your health overall, because they are a good source of potassium and fiber while being low in calories and almost fat-free. Potassium is important for keeping your body fluids in balance and fiber keeps your digestive system functioning normally. Carrots also contain falcarinol, a substance that has been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells in lab research.
Enjoy carrots as a healthy snack by serving carrot sticks with a healthy low-calorie veggie dip. You can also consider adding chopped carrots to the top of a salad or including carrot side dishes as part of a healthy meal.
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