Carrots Nutrients and Health Benefits

CarrotsHere it is again, another rewritten article. Like I said before in one or more of my previous articles that some of my very old articles were not created and/or put together as organized as the recent ones. My old article about carrots can be found here – Carrots Nutrients and Benefits. So, let’s sit back, relax, and begin our new and updated research on carrots.

Carrots are in the family of Apiaceae and their binomial name is Daucus Carota. Carrot is considered as a Root Vegetable. In Russian carrots are called Markovka, and the actual Russian word looks like this – Марковка. Make sure to pronounce the R or roll your R’s in Markovka the Spanish or Russian way and not the English way. (I’m still having trouble saying the letter R the English way, but I’m working on it).

Carrots come in multiple different colors like; Red, Yellow, Orange, White, Light Purple, and Dark Purple. Depending on the environment, mature carrots can be kept after picking for about three to four weeks, but the young carrots can only survive for about two weeks. If you want to make the carrot’s shelf life longer, make sure to remove their green tops.

Did you know that the tops of the carrots are also edible? I really didn’t know that. Hmm… Interesting. The Orange part of the carrot is called a Taproot. Some people claim that Carrots are very good companion plants, especially in tomato production, because the white carrot’s flowers attract wasps which help protect the tomatoes from different kinds of pests.

People around the world enjoy carrots in very many ways like; chopping, boiling, frying, steaming, or by just eating them raw and fresh. You can use or cook carrots in soups, stews, salads, cakes, puddings, rice, and baby foods. The Nutrients in one cup (or 128 grams) of Raw Chopped Carrots are: Continue reading

Low Carb Russian Borsht Recipe

borshtLow Carb Borsht Recipe

We are pretty sure that everyone has heard of the Russian food called “Borsht”. The red Russian soup, We don’t even know why people write it in English with a T at the end, when in Russian you don’t write it or say it. Well, this is an adjusted recipe for Borsht. Since people on low carb diets cannot have potatoes, then we left them out. This still tastes really delicious. This recipe also uses reserved chicken, so it’s a lot faster to make. Here are the Ingredients:

– 1 whole head cabbage
– 1 onion
– 1 can (8oz) tomato paste
– 2 long carrots
– Reserved Chicken (read more about it at the end of recipe)
– Chicken stock preferred, but water can be used
– Bell pepper strips (we buy ours frozen)
– Salt and pepper

And here are the Directions:

– First get all of your ingredients ready.
– Shred the cabbage.
– Shred the carrots.
– Dice the onion.
– Put all of your ingredients into a stainless steel pot and cover with either chicken stock or water. However much you want. Make sure to season to your taste.
– Bring everything to a boil.
– Reduce heat and let cook for about 10 minutes.
– And you are done!

We prefer to eat our Borsht with toasted sprouted bread, mayo or sour cream, and fresh onion slices (yep, just bite into them!)
– Reserved chicken: we set aside a day when we make chicken stock (a whole different recipe) after everything has cooked the right amount of time, we take all of the meat off the bones and reserve it for later meals.

Carrots Nutrients and Benefits

carrots bunchDid you know that the carotene in carrots is converted into a Vitamin A by your own body, which helps improve your eyes vision in the day and at night. Also, it was proven that people who have higher levels of beta-carotene they have less chances of getting many kinds of cancer. Some time ago I read that if you cook the carrots just slightly then you help the fiber in carrots release more of beta-carotene which helps you body absorb it better. And here is an awesome list of the benefits of carrots:

  • improves breast milk quality
  • improves skin
  • improves hair
  • improves nails
  • lowers blood pressure
  • lowers cholesterol levels
  • prevents cancer
  • helps prevent bodily infections
  • improves eyesight
  • increases menstrual flow
  • regulates blood sugars
  • improve colon health

and here is a list of vitamins:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin G
  • Vitamin K
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus

Also, if you would like to read an Updated article about Carrots, then go here to the article called Carrots Nutrients and Health Benefits.