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Updated 28 February 2013

Bring on the carrots with 5-a-Day

We can all learn something from the Easter bunny because he instinctively knows that carrots are not only delicious but also nutritionally beneficial.

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We can all learn something from the Easter bunny because he instinctively knows that carrots are not only delicious but also nutritionally beneficial.

So let’s take a look at the benefits of eating lots of carrots and at least five vegetables and fruit in our daily diets. 

The 5-a-Day for Better Health Trust gives you 5 reasons why you should also eat carrots:

  1. Remember Granny telling you that if you ate your carrots you would see in the dark? She wasn’t lying!  The major health promoting compound in carrots is without a doubt the orange pigment known as beta-carotene, which is not only an antioxidant, but also a major source of vital vitamin A. Most of us know that one of vitamin A’s functions is eye health. Considering that the Medical Research Council lists vitamin A deficiency as one of the 17 key factors contributing to the burden of disease in South Africa children, we need to get our kids eating more carrots.
     
  2. Researchers have also uncovered that carrots have a crucial role in maintaining a healthy skin and cell lining of every organ, they are a great boost for the immune system and are now even said to help with learning and memory.
     
  3. Carrots are consistently emerging as one of the top foods said to aid in cancer-fighting.
     
  4. Thanks to their fibre levels, carrots might even play a role in reducing cholesterol.
     
  5. Carrots are tasty and versatile, so add them to all your favourite meals or simply eat raw as a delicious crunchy snack.

One in three South African children aged between 0 and 4 years, that is some 1.8 million children, are vitamin A deficient. So this Easter make sure the Easter bunny leaves behind some of his favourite carrots amongst the chocolate eggs!

5-a-Day For Better Health Trust press release

 
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