Carrots get their bright orange color from β-carotene, which turns into vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant in the human body. They are also rich in fiber, potassium, calcium, and iron. Vitamin A in carrots contributes to healthy vision, maintains the mucus membranes, and prevents aging, cancer and chronic diseases.
Shopping and Storage Tips:
- Purchase carrots with a smooth and firm surface; avoid those that have cracks or rootlets. The more orange the carrots, the more β-carotene they contain.
- Remove the green tops before storing carrots. Put them in plastic bags and refrigerate them for up to three months.
- Carrots should be stored away from apples, peaches, pears and other fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene gas, since it will cause carrots to become bitter.