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One Major Effect of Eating Carrots, Says Science

Besides potatoes , carrots are one of the most popular root vegetables in our diets—and for good reason. This veggie has a long shelf life , it can be eaten both raw and cooked, it tastes amazing, and it's a staple of many recipes. On top of their usefulness in cooking, carrots are also incredibly nutritious . Like other brightly colored vegetables, carrots are a gold mine of antioxidants. Antioxidants are plant-based compounds that can neutralize the effect of free radicals that cause cellular damage, inflammation, and cancer. Carrots happen to have many of these free radical-fighting antioxidants: carotenoids, polyphenols , and vitamins. With carrots' high levels of antioxidants, one impressive effect of eating this vegetable is reaping its cancer-fighting benefits . Various studies have shown that eating carrots may play a major role in the prevention of gastric cancer , colon cancer , prostate cancer , leukemia , and lung cancer . Many of these studies have linked carr