Eat Carrots and Peppers for Longer Life
February 22, 2017
New health reports have shown that eating vegetables, such as carrots and hot peppers, can help a person to live a longer, healthier life. The science behind this largely has to do with the various nutrients that our bodies get from ingesting vegetables and how they can actually work to strengthen our immune systems as well as helping to improve other important, physical functions.
When it comes to hot peppers, a 2015 study published in PLOS One reported that when people ate them, their risk of early death decreased by 13%. Hot peppers have capsaicin in them. Capsaicin is the compound that makes peppers hot, and it has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. For these reasons, experts believe that capsaicin has disease prevention properties as well.
The PLOS One study involved nearly 17,000 Americans. One issue, however, is that the study did not report just how many hot peppers the participants ate, which leaves some questions. The health benefits of hot peppers, however, are apparent. Along with hot peppers, carrots can also act as a benefit to overall health.
Carrots have a large amount of beta-carotene in them. Beta-carotene is used in the body and converted into Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps improve the immune system, eye health and even skin. And it isn’t just Vitamin A that carrots have, but also fiber and Vitamin C.
Fiber has many health benefits, such as helping the body to keep blood glucose levels from rising too quickly. Fiber also helps to reduce the chances of suffering from constipation and prevents disease. Carrots typically have about 5-10% of the recommended, daily amount of fiber in them.
Vitamin C is what people need to grow, develop and repair their body tissue. It also helps to heal wounds, maintain bone, teeth and cartilage, creates collagen, absorbs iron and is an important part of the immune system’s functions. Carrots are low in fat as well as calories. They have the same amount of Vitamin C in them as fiber, and are fairly low in carbohydrates and sugars.
The health benefits of carrots and hot peppers are large and often measurable. This is why many health professionals recommend a diet that is high in vegetables. American Dietary Guidelines, compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recommends ingesting somewhere between four and five servings of vegetables per day. There are five different categories of vegetables: orange, legumes, starchy, dark green and other types. The exact number of servings of vegetables that each person should eat daily varies on the amount of calories consumed each day. For advice and guidance on how to maintain a healthy, vegetable-rich diet, you should consult directly with your medical provider or nutritionist.
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