An excellent source of antioxidant compounds, carrots (Daucus carota) are among the richest vegetable sources of beta-carotene. Important for healthy vision, beta-carotene helps slow the progression of macular degeneration, helping to prevent cataracts and promote night vision. These familiar orange root vegetables are powerhouses of nutrition: there are more vitamin A precursors in carrots than in almost any other vegetable, and they have high levels of biotin, vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin C, thiamine, and potassium. Carrots also provide a significant amount of dietary fiber. A member of the same family as parsnips, fennel, and dill, carrots come in red and purple, as well as the common orange variety seen in most groceries.
Try theCarrot Salad With Honey-Lemon Dressing recipe!