Excellent Source: vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids.1
Very good source: biotin, vitamin K, dietary fiber, molybdenum, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.1
Good source: manganese, vitamin B3, vitamin B1, panthothenic acid, phosphorus, folate, copper, vitamin E and vitamin B2.1
Key phytonutrients & antioxidants: Carotenoids especially alpha-carotene and lutein); hydroxycinnamic acids including caffeic, coumaric, ferulic; anthocyanins (in purple carrots); and polyacetylenes especially falcarinol and falcarindiol.
Background: The provitamin A beta-carotene from carrots does not actually help people to see in the dark unless they suffer from vitamin A deficiency. This myth was propaganda used by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War to explain why their pilots had improved success during night air battles, but was actually used to disguise advances in radar technology and the use of red lights on instrument panels. 2
Found in: Stardust.
- 1.Mateljan G. Carrots. The World’s Healthiest Foods. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=21. Accessed January 1, 2020.
- 2.Carrot. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot. Accessed January 4, 2020.