Healthy Living – Carrot

Carrots have been a constant food from my childhood. I didn’t like eating them raw when I was a kid. My Father and Sister ate it raw. I see my Husband and Daughter also eat them raw as soon as I cut them. It may have been one reason why my Father was able to withstand Macular Degenration also. He loves carrots, and it is one of the best medicines for our Eyes.

Most strict Madhwa household do not eat Carrots. A few in my close relatives also do not eat. Anyway, We eat carrots (not during festivals though) and take a look at the health benefits for the same.

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Health Benefits from Carrots:

  1. It is one of the richest food in beta-carotene.
  2. The carotene has an antioxidant property which may reduce the risk of certain cancer and aging disease.
  3. Carrots help you have a healthy skin and a good night vision.
  4. Carrots are our intestines’ friends.
  5. This vegetable may boost your immune system and lower the risk of lung cancer.
  6. Carrots may lower blood cholesterol levels and increase the lactation.

Healthy Living Series Posts:

Carrot Recipes posted on this blog:

You can take a look at the food page and see many more recipes which have carrots in them:

Start using this wonder food in your daily food items like vegetable rices, sambar, raitas, and enjoy the benefit of a healthy living. As always, if you have any health issues, please consult your Doctor.

Enjoy, stay healthy and stay tuned for the next article.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dhruvasri on April 21, 2013 at 6:56 am

    thank you so much

    god bless you

    Reply

  2. Posted by Raghunatha Rao on April 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Purely out of curiosity, why do strict Madhwas not eat carrots. I am a Madhwa ( not strict) and I love carrots

    Reply

  3. Posted by gautam on November 5, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Namaskar Mataji,

    Thank you for a most wonderful site : yogakShemam in one, the spiritual and the deliciously mundane all in a single loving site!

    The issue with carrots, watermelon, tomato, beetroot, etc. [split masoor dal too!!] comes up often in Bengali Vaishnava homes. The problem is that the alleged reddish color mimics blood or meat. I, personally, think this is nonsense, because the reddest of reds lie in red chillies, red capsicum etc. that are deemed OK! Now, once can quote authoritative shaastra that forbids the use, especially by Vaishnavas, of any food that is excessively katu, piquant/hot, sour, etc. That would rule out most Ayyangar cooking, and who can be more zealous about diet that they? Incidentally, i was surprised to find Madhva brahmans using garlic and onions; i come from a Bengali Vaidika family, and the tradition there is NO onion, no garlic, even though fish is allowed!! It takes all sorts to make up this crazy wonderful world we call “home”.

    Anyway, returning to the problem veggies: the newer redactions of Gaudiiya Vaishnavism [that incidentally acknowledges itself formally as a Madhva sect], mainly the branch of Bhaktivedanta Swami have many Western devotees who are also very strict about dietary rules. However, they chafe under these unnatural rules, especially since in Western lands, non-reddish substitutes are available:

    WHITE carrots, quite excellent in taste, plus golden, and other hues; golden and pure white beets, white/cream, yellow and orange watermelon, tomatoes of many colors other than red: pink, yellow, white, green when ripe, black, purple and so on. Seeds are easily available and i should be happy to suggest sources.

    iN India, we create rather absurd situations owing to our pietism as opposed true spiritual commitment. As a result, we challlenge ourselves with nonsensical conundrums: i can link you to sites where such trivia is discussed with all seriousness. Can FOREIGN fruit like strawberry and avocado be offered as naivedyam? We choose the bliss of ignorance and indeed, celebrate being mindless. Sorghum, ragi, sesame,,tamarind,chillies, pumpkin, guava,cashew, allmond, pistachio as well as true sago,all originate outside Bharatbhumi.. Where to draw the cutoff date? Why are foods introduced by the dharmadviDh be acceptable,whereas bramble fruit and straw are native to the country?

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