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A carrot a day keeps cancer aways!

Foto Health Blog Tunbridge Wells NutritionistCarrots are one of the healthiest foods which your body craves for its basic physiological needs. It is a rich source of vitamins such as vitamins A and C, fibres, and minerals such as copper, potassium, phosphorus, manganese and magnesium.

Multiple worldwide studies have shown that daily consumption of raw carrot reduces the risk of stomach cancer by 26 – 47%. Isn’t that great? We are living in a time when more and more scientific proof is available (but not always released to the public) on how food can be a medicine against multiple diseases. Functional Medicine applies this approach, encourage people to use food and health enhancing techniques to optimise their wellbeing. This health care system has helped many people to return to balance and heal their body and mind.

Other healing benefits of carrots:

– improves skin health

– contributes to good eyesight

– reduces risk of prostate cancer

– helps healthy cell regeneration on the DNA level

– provides nutrients with anti-aging properties

Get the best out of Carrots!

Carrots must be organic, because it is a root vegetable and its natural protection is weak towards toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilisers.

Did you know?!? When a carrot is cooked, the heat reduces the vitamin C but the bio-availability of vitamin A is enhanced. So depending on your personal needs, choose the most appropriate way to prepare them. I like them both raw and cooked, here are a few recipes for you to try:

Sweet Carrots:

Grate 1 – 2 carrots, mix with yoghurt, cinnamon, raisins, maple syrup or raw honey and enjoy as a light breakfast or snack.

Baked Carrots:

Preheat the oven and in the mean time mix olive oil and herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage, garlic, coriander), add seasoning; salt and pepper. Toss the carrots with herbs, place them on the baking sheet and cook for 30 – 50 min or until ready.

Carrot and Hummus:

Enjoy carrot sticks with hummus as a starter, side dish or healthy snack.

Carrot salad:

In a bowl, combine and toss well olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, coriander, salt, pepper, grated or finely sliced carrots and shallots. Toss well, serve and enjoy!

Feel free to experiment and find the recipes you enjoy most, this can vary as long as it has 1 – 2 medium organic carrots in it 🙂

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