Carrots are nutritionally dense root vegetables that are encouraged on The Kaufmann Diet. Often people question whether carrots are OK for the Kaufmann Diet, because they are a little higher in carbohydrates (and thus, naturally occurring sugars) than many of the foods permitted on the diet. On the Kaufmann Anti-fungal program of course, you are doing your best to eliminate simple carbohydrates and sugars, even those that are naturally-occurring, like those found in fruit.
Carrots, however, are loaded with nutrients and even contain some powerful anti-fungal properties that are particularly beneficial for those on The Kaufmann Diet. Carrots are readily available year round at virtually all groceries stores, often in organic varieties. Carrots are affordable (even the organic varieties), keep well in the refrigerator, make great snacks that are easy to transport, are great cooked or raw, and can be particularly potent when squeezed into fresh juice. Try adding cooked carrots to your diet, as this can make the inherent nutrition more bioavailable and absorbable.
Here are some healthy benefits of carrots:
Carrots Contain A Lot Of Nutrtion
Carrots are a good source of a variety of nutrients. These include nutrients like vitamin A, biotin, vitamin K1, potassium and vitamin B6. Carrots, however, are rich in other phytonutrients as well, which are nutrients inherent in plant compounds. These include nutrients such as alpha carotene, beta carotene, and lutein.
Carrots are Anti-fungal
There is another nutrient in carrots that renders them particularly useful for those on The Kaufmann Diet. That nutrient is falcarinol. Falcarinol has been shown to be potently anti-fungal; this is what makes carrots––in spite of their sugar content––such a good food for those on the anti-fungal program. The presence of falcarinol is among the reasons you are encouraged to make fresh juice with carrots, as well; in addition to concentrating the inherent nutrition in carrots, you also concentrate the anti-fungal properties. Toss in some garlic, ginger, and greens like kale or celery, and you have a nutritional powerhouse that will also assist you in eliminating pathogenic fungi from your body.
Numerous Positive Health Benefits of Carrots
Unsurprisingly, carrots are associated with numerous health benefits due to their nutritional properties. Carrots are known to influence a few things.
- Carrots support eye health. The nutrient lutein is a powerful antioxidant that protects the eyes.
- Carrots support the heart by lowering cholesterol levels.
- Carrots protect against cancer. The carotenoids found in carrots are thought to be protective against a variety of cancers including prostate, colon and stomach cancers.
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