People have been eating carrots for thousands of years. This is evidenced by the finds of archaeologists. Images of orange root crops on the walls of ancient buildings were found during excavations in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabia.
The inhabitants of Ancient Greece called the vegetable “daucus” (hot) – for the pungent taste inherent in its seeds. The Greeks used root crops for food, and the seeds were used to treat diseases that affect the lungs.
The vegetable was also popular among the inhabitants of Ancient Rome. Poets even composed odes in his honor. Ancient treatises on the benefits of carrots have survived to this day. The Romans used it for the preparation of various dishes and for the treatment of many diseases.
In the Middle Ages, carrots became very popular in Europe. Over time, she was introduced to the North American continent and Australia. In Russia, this vegetable crop was widely cultivated in the XIV century.
No wonder the ancient Roman sages praised carrots in odes. It has many health benefits due to its high vitamin and mineral content.
- The ginger root vegetable is rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, PP, as well as B vitamins.
- It contains a large amount of salt of minerals such as potassium, cobalt, copper, iron, iodine, phosphorus.
- There are many enzymes in vegetables with nitrogenous substances.
- Contains an orange root vegetable and vegetable insulin.
This food product is famous for the fact that it contains a lot of carotene (9 mg per 100 g of raw carrots). This substance is necessary for a person to be healthy. Its shortage threatens:
- metabolic disorders;
- stunting (for children);
- nervous disorders;
- malfunction of the endocrine glands;
- poor resistance to infections;
- decreased visual acuity.
Eating carrot foods can improve health:
- improving the work of the digestive system;
- normalization of the functioning of the pancreas;
- improvement of the liver and kidneys.
Doctors recommend drinking carrot juice for people diagnosed with chronic coronary insufficiency with manifestations of angina pectoris. The product will also help with colds. In this case, it is advisable to add a little honey to the carrot juice to obtain the best therapeutic effect.
Carrots, like garlic and onions, are rich in phytoncides, although the root vegetable does not have a strong smell. It is helpful to simply chew on a piece of carrot for a while to reduce the number of germs in your mouth.
Carrots are ideal for baby food. Doctors recommend using it for nursing mothers to enhance lactation.
Root crops have antihelminthic properties: eating carrots raw, you can get rid of pinworms.
Carrot juice is also applicable externally for the healing of wounds and burns on the skin. The remedy also helps with abscesses.
Not only root crops, but also the seeds of this vegetable crop have healing properties. They are used as raw materials for the production of the medicinal antispasmodic agent Daukarin, which is used in the treatment of urolithiasis and angina pectoris.
The use of a healthy vegetable has a beneficial effect on the digestive tract and liver. It is useful for blood vessels, vision. The product is essential for normal blood formation. It is also recommended for people with diabetes. However, the attending physician should give recommendations on the inclusion of carrot dishes in the treatment menu of a diabetic.
In order for the carotene contained in red roots to be well absorbed by the body, they should be eaten with the addition of fat, in particular sour cream.
What healthy and tasty dishes can be prepared from carrots?
The easiest – salad.
- In addition to carrots (80 g), for its preparation you will need to take parsley (60 g), sour cream (30 g), salt and lemon juice to taste.
Raw root vegetables are rubbed on a coarse grater. Finely chopped greens are added to them. Mix thoroughly, salt, sprinkle with lemon juice and season with sour cream.
To prepare the second option carrot salad take ingredients:
- carrots – 80 g;
- apples – 40 g;
- canned green peas – 30 g;
- sour cream – 30 g.
Carrots and apples are grated on a coarse grater. Add the peas. Mix thoroughly, salt, season with sour cream.
You can cook from carrots and delicious casserole… To do this, you need to stock up on the following products:
- carrots – 2 pcs. medium size;
- semolina – ¼ glass;
- butter – 2-3 tbsp.;
- sour cream – 2 tablespoons;
- eggs – 2 pcs.;
- cottage cheese – ½ cup;
- breadcrumbs – 2 tablespoons;
- salt to taste.
Carrots are washed, peeled, cut into cubes. Stew in a pan with butter and a little water. Then they allow to cool and pass through a meat grinder.
Semolina is boiled separately. The porridge should be thick enough. It is combined with carrot puree, mixed. Add cottage cheese, eggs, salt. Mix well again until smooth.
A baking dish is greased with butter, sprinkled with breadcrumbs. Spread the carrot and curd mass, level it. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, pour over melted butter and send to the oven. Serve the casserole warm with sour cream.
Make sure to include carrot dishes in your family’s daily menu. They will help households maintain health and good eyesight, and better resist infections during the cold and flu season.