August 21, 2009Posted in: Health, Juicing, Nutrition
The common carrot has existed for over 5000 years with documentation tracing back to Asian and Middle Eastern cultures.
You may know that carrots grow in a multitude of colors including white, green, red, purple, yellow and even black! What you may not know (I certainly did not) is that the orange carrot as we know it today did not always exist. It is a hybrid created 500 years ago by the Dutch.
Dutch scientists combined a mutant yellow carrot with the more common red carrot of the time creating not only the orange color but adding sweetness. The orange carrot became so popular in Holland that it was nationalized in honor of the House of Orange and the Dutch Royal Family.
Although the carrot may be a common root, carrot juice is a gold mine of nutrients. It is one of the richest sources of carotene which transforms to vitamin A when metabolized. It also ranks high as a source of the other vitamins, especially those of the B complex. Its mineral content is equally rich, and includes calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur, and iron. The really cool fact is that one cup of carrot juice has a lean 94 calories.
Buy some organic carrots at the local Farmer’s Market. Juice up a cup of sweet, refreshing carrot juice. Go on! Try it!! You’ll like it!!!
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