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Health Advice on Carrots

Written by Paul Wolf

To cook or not to cook? While most veggies are healthiest raw, recent research finds carrots are the exception.
Cooking and processing food usually destroys some nutrients, but carrots, a favorite raw snack, provide more available antioxidants when cooked and pureed. A complex chemical reaction makes the nutrients more easily absorbed, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Don't take this to mean you should hurry up and cook your carrots. Even a raw carrot is a nutritional powerhouse, containing well over 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. At only 20 to 30 calories per carrot, you can eat one a day and never lose sight of the benefits of antioxidants that keep you young.