January 16, 2014Carrots are one of our most popular root vegetables, in fact Americans eat an average of over 10 pounds of fresh carrots each year. Sweet and succulent, they have a higher natural sugar content than any other vegetable except beets. They're a popular snack, we add them to soup, stews and salads, and they're a popular juice ingredient. They're also a very healthy part of anyone's diet! The health benefits are shown in a new 10-year study published in the British Journal of Nutrition from the Netherlands. The study looked at the affect of eating fruits and vegetables on risks of cardiovascular disease. The study found that participants who ate the least carrots had the least amount of risk reduction. Although consistent intake of carrots reduced the risk for all participants, those who who ate at least 25 more grams of carrots per day -- less than a quarter cup -- had a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Surprisingly, the group that ate 50 to or 75 more grams of carrots per day had an amazing 32% reduction of risk for heart disease! In fact, carrots were found to be the single most risk-reducing fruit or vegetable followed in the 10 year test! These are amounts that are easily added to anyone's daily nutritional regimen and offer great results! And there's more:
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