Generally speaking, it is advisable to consume the vegetables raw or fermented for the most nutrition. However, carrots probably are the only vegetable where is preferred gentle cooking, for example steaming.
It is amazing that the cooked carrots can produce up to 40% more minerals and vitamins, if are cooked for longer period. There are experts who claim that cooked carrots are extremely beneficial for people suffering from cancer.
Carrots are abundant in vitamin A, K, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, phosphorus, potassium, folic acid and beta carotene which has the ability to prevent and treat cancer.
Still, if you cook the carrot long enough, it will provide you some other benefits as well:
It will protect your vision
If there is deficiency in vitamin A in your body, it may cause your eye’s photoreceptors to deteriorate, which furthermore will lead to vision problems. By consuming foods rich in beta-carotene you may restore vision, lending truth to the old adage that carrots are great for your eyes.
It will improve your liver function and digestion
The carrot extract has the ability to protect your liver from the toxic effects of environmental chemicals.
It will strengthen your immunity
For overall health the well-functioning immune system is vital. Our immune system helps us to our body identify and fight off foreign viruses, bacteria and other threats.
Vitamin A (along with vitamin D) are the best option when it comes to strengthening the immune system. These vitamins stimulate the production and activity of white blood cells, which actually has major role in defending the body against diseases.
It will improve your skin condition
Carrots are abundant with vitamin A which will help you to get glowing and healthy skin. In the past people routinely used to treat skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, cold sores, wounds, burns and even sunburn with vitamin A.
Experts explain that rough and dry skin usually indicates that you have vitamin A deficiency.
It will reduce the risk of stroke by 40%
Studies have shown that carrot extract is useful for the management of cognitive dysfunctions and has amazing memory improvement and cholesterol-lowering benefits.
It will cleanse your body
Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from human body. Moreover, it has the ability to reduce bile and fat in the liver. Carrots also contain fiber which helps in cleaning out the colon and hasten waste movement.
It will preserve your blood vessels and your heart
There are researches that have proven that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Carrots contain both, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene and lutein.
Therefore, regular consumption of carrots will reduce the cholesterol levels as the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.
It will protect you from several cancer types
As American Institute for Cancer Research explains, the antioxidant beta-carotene contained in carrots has the ability to protect cell membranes from oxidative stress and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Carrots contain nutrients that are tightly encased in protein sacs that have to be broken by heat (cooking) or mechanical action (grinding, juicing, proper chewing). Therefore, by cooking the carrots in fat or oils, pureeing or juicing them you will increase the availability of carotenoids up to 600 %.
Fats enhance the absorption of carotenoids into the blood by 1,000 %, and due to the fact that carotenoids are fat soluble, it is advisable to pour a little olive oil on top!
When it comes to storage, it is recommended to keep them in the coolest part of your fridge and pack them in a sealed plastic bag or wrapped in a paper towel. That will keep them fresh about two weeks.
Remember that you should not store them near apples, pears or potatoes, and the reason for that is ethylene gas that they release which may turn the carrots bitter.