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Healthy Living: Let’s go carrot crazy!

Danielle Meir-Levi
Staff Writer

When walking through Pearlstone Café, you may be tempted to scarf down a bean burrito, munch on

Photo: Google Images

Photo: Google Images

honey-roasted nuts, or grab a delicious baked good. However, another snack option that you may not think about right away are baby carrots. Their long shelf life and affordability should make them a permanent staple in a college student’s diet. They not only contribute toward 75 percent of the daily vegetables that you should consume, but also provide a source of essential nutrients and offer a wide range of health benefits.
Carrots contain beta-carotene, which breaks down into two vitamin A molecules. From taking cell biology last semester, I learned that vitamin A helps control cell growth and development. It aids your cells in maturation in order for them to make functional tissue. Vitamin A also helps fight off infection. In addition, carrots can help your body respond to injury, since they’re also full of Vitamin K. Vitamin K helps your body form blood clots to prevent abnormal bleeding. How awesome is that?
The biggest reason as to why college students should consume carrots is because of the Vitamin B-6, also known as pyridoxine. Pyridoxine aids in the function of your nervous system. When you’re studying, and cannot concentrate, buy a bag of carrots at Pearlstone. Vitamin B-6 allows your brain to make neurotransmitters, which help your cells communicate. Pyridoxine also helps your body make hemoglobin, a protein your red blood cells need to carry oxygen. Basically, this will help you become a homework and paper writing wizard!
Carrots can also be incorporated into any meal.  Try adding grated carrots into your oatmeal and then topping it with maple syrup, raisins, and sprinkling on some chopped walnuts. You can also combine steamed baby carrots with snow peas and vinaigrette for a refreshing salad. Personally, I like to add leftover steamed carrots to my protein shakes. It really boosts nutrient value. You can also juice raw carrots along with apples and beets for a fresh juice that’s packed with, essential nutrients. So, lets get carrot crazy!

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