24-Carrot Health

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

24-Carrot Health

Did you know that feathery fresh carrot tops were worn to adorn hair in Shakespeare's day?

Today it's carrots' vibrant orange pigment, known as carotene, that's getting attention. Beta carotene turns into vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant vitamin. New research suggests that carrots' carotenoids may also reduce cancer risk, slow aging and reduce some diabetes-related symptoms. In farmer's markets, heirloom carrots — scarlet, maroon, golden yellow, purple — are showing up, contributing still other antioxidants (such as anthocyanins in purple carrots).

Raw carrots are not recommended for preschool-aged children (those 4 years old and under) because of the possibility of choking. Cooked or smashed carrots are fine.

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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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