Nigerians have been advised by a nutritionist, Tabitha Ahmadu, to ensure that they add carrots to their daily diet in order to ensure healthy living.
Speaking on Monday in Kaduna State, Tabitha who works with the Ministry of Science and Technology, said carrots improve the vision and transform the retina and are also rich in vitamin A which assists the liver in flushing out toxins from the body.
The nutritionist further pointed out that regular consumption of carrots helps to reduce bile and fat in the liver, protects from fungal disease as well as improve dental health. “Carrots kill harmful germs in the mouth and prevent tooth decay. It helps in the growth and development of bones; it is good for pregnant and lactating mothers.
“Carrots relieve fatigue and give appetite, it relieves stress when taken as juice. It is good for smokers, because nicotine in cigarettes destroy all the supplies of vitamin C in the body. Daily consumption of carrots will also help in preventing gastric ulcer and digestive disorder," she said.
According to her, carrots help to prevent cancer of the breast and colon cancers as well as regulate sugar in the blood. “Carrot is rich in antioxidant; it cleans the cells of toxins and impurities in the body”.
Carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange in colour, though purple, red, white, and yellow varieties exist. It has a crisp texture when fresh.
The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is the taproot, although the greens are sometimes eaten as well.
According to Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), 2011 report, world production of carrots and other turnips vegetables stood at 35.658 million tonnes, with almost half of it grown in China.