Carrots. A tasty and healthy snack for in between. Some prefer the quick version from the supermarket, others prefer to buy carrots that have been plucked straight from the ground. Whichever way you prefer to eat this healthy snack in between, there are many myths about carrots. For example that these are good for the eyes (which is actually true, it lowers your cholesterol levels, so you can see better in the dark) or many other myths.
First peel the carrots once and then bite off the entire edge so that only the stick in the middle is left to eat at the end – it couldn’t be more satisfyng.
But are carrots enough on their own? Do carrots really offer enough calories to supply our bodies (if for some reason we can only rely on carrots for our daily intake).
I would like to answer all of these questions in this blog post!
And as always, I hope you enjoy reading!
Can you survive on only carrots?
You should not rely on carrots alone. It increases the beta-carotene value in the body and thus ensures a yellowish skin tone. In the long run the body would lack too many nutrients and you would be sick from carotenosis.
So if you intend to go on a pure carrot diet, you should think of something else. Because eating only carrots is not a good idea, even if Steve Jobbs is supposed to have done it once. The main problem here is that the rule “too much of something is not good” again means that carrots can also be overdone.
The healthy number of beta-carotenes is around six to eight milligrams a day. In order to get carotenemia (the one where your skin turns yellow), you would have to eat at least 20 milligrams a day, which would be about 3 very large carrots. That doesn’t mean it’s dangerous to eat 3 or 4 carrots, but like so many things, you shouldn’t do it every day.
So, if you don’t want to look like someone from the Simpsons, better not do it! But if you accidentally decided to follow a carrot-only diet, relax, it is relatively easy to reverse the effects. This means; Yes it is curable. Much easier to cure than some of the other diseases that afflict us today. So if you are planning a diet, you should focus more on a balanced diet, but try and allow yourself an exception in between for a good balance.