Carrots are probably one of the most commonly snacked on veggies, mainly because they’re pretty simple in taste and flavor, and they’re easy to eat just on their own or with a little dip. Kids generally don’t have a problem eating them and as adults, they’re super easy to add to a variety of dishes like salads, soups, stir fry, or as a healthy side dish.
In addition to it being super tasty and versatile, this root veggie is also super healthy! While we’re used to seeing this vegetable in the bright color of orange, there are also purple, red and even black carrots — all of which boast their own incredible benefits. There are lots of yummy health benefits that come from eating carrots regularly, here’s a look at 12 of them…
1. Lower Cholesterol
High cholesterol can be dangerous for the heart because it’s a major risk factor for heart disease. Luckily, those who are at risk for heart disease can load up on carrots because they’ve been known to lower cholesterol levels, explains Healthline.
How does this work? Well Reader’s Digest points out that carrots “contain high amounts of soluble fiber, largely from pectin, which could be the reason they’ve been shown to lower cholesterol.” The source also cites a U.S. study which found that people who at about a cup of carrots every day for three weeks were able to lower their cholesterol.