Carrots are one of the best sources of beta-carotene. They also contain flavonoids, which are phytochemicals that function as health-giving antioxidants.
*Raw carrots are a nutritious snack but you should eat cooked carrots, too: cooking breaks down the vegetable's tough cell walls, releasing more beta-carotene. Cooking also brings out the natural sweetness of the vegetable.
*If you eat lots of carrots, the palms of your hands (and the soles of your feet) may turn yellow-orange. This is quite harmless – just an accumulation of carotenoids – and the colour will fade with time . . . and it's no reason to cut down on your carrot intake.