Sometimes I feel bad for carrots because they get a bad rep for being basic and boring... carrot sticks, shredded carrots 🥗 , carrot coins... womp womp 😂. But carrots are quite nutritious (megasource of carotenoids) and relatively cheap! I meannn anyone carrot all about reducing inflammation?!
Studies have found lower blood concentrations of carotenoids positively associated with heart disease, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration and some cancers.
Bioavailability varies between 10-50%, depending on the type of carotenoids, food source, processing/storage of food source, interaction with other nutrients in meal consumed such as fat, fiber, other carotenoids. Since vitamin A and beta carotene, precursor to vitamin A, and are fat soluble, consuming with some fat improves bioaccessibility, and ultimately how much our body can utilize.
I’m a big fan of roasted carrots drizzled with olive oil, and creamy carrot soups! The recipe for this Carrot Ginger & Kabocha Squash soup is up on my blog #linkinbio hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend! 🐰🥕🌷