Carrots are one of the top sources of heart-healthy beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. (Just one cup supplies 113 percent of your daily needs.) A 10-year study that compared different coloured vegetables found that people who consumed dark orange ones, especially carrots, had the greatest reductions in risk of heart disease. There is also research to suggest that beta carotene may help prevent lung, mouth and esophageal cancers.
Here’s a clever way to sneak in more carrots: Spiralize them into gluten-free, low-carb “noodles” to replace some or all of the pasta in your favourite comfort food dishes.