Eat Your Carrots

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Eat Your Carrots


Eat Your Carrots

In a study done by the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, England it was found that beta-carotene increases the number of MHC II proteins in the blood. This MHC II proteins can detect cancerous cells and trigger the body’s immune system to attack the cancer. It was also proved that the benefits from beta-carotene supplements can last for weeks after they are taken.

Vitamin A found in carrots helps the liver secrete bile and flush toxins from the body, aiding a natural detox regime. The high fiber content of carrots also helps to regulate the digestive system.

Like many other vibrant fruits and vegetables, carrots are rich in antioxidants such as alpha- and beta-carotene, vitamin C, cyanidins and lutein. Different varieties of carrots carry differing amounts of specific antioxidants. Orange carrots are rich in beta-carotene, yellow carrots contain more lutein, and red and purple carrots have higher levels of anthocyanins.

So eat some carrots today.

Oven-Baked Carrot Fries

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs carrots
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 pinch pepper

Directions:
– Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a shallow pan with foil.
– Using a sharp knife, slice away the tip and end of each carrot; peel each completely.
– Cut carrots in half crosswise, then cut lengthwise, then cut lengthwise again.
– In a mixing bowl, combine the carrot sticks, olive oil, rosemary, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir until all are evenly coated.
– Place carrots in pan, spreading sticks out as much as possible. Bake for 20 minutes or until carrots are tender.

Contact Dr. Linda at 773-385-9432 for more tips on healthy snacking.

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