Definition: A carat is a unit of weight for precious stones equal to 400 milligrams.
If you look at a bunch of carrots, they look like beautiful, golden orange fingers, although they do not have any 24 carat diamonds embracing them. These fingers, however, contain nutrients that will enrich your life.
It has been said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I guess this is true as long as she can get them by having folks work for meager wages to harvest them from muddy streams in Africa, where living conditions are beyond description. If money that is generated from the diamond industry was kept in Africa, life would surely be more tolerable for its people. Then their government would have ample funds to take care of the needs of the HIV-infected population. I ask you, what European nation would allow foreigners, specifically from Africa, to come and remove its natural resources without adequate compensation?
Now if you really want to live a long time, make use of the carrots that you eat rather then the carats of diamonds on your fingers. Carrots contain an abundant supply of nutrients, such as vitamin C, beta carotene, and fiber. These nutrients can help reduce the risk of lung and stomach cancers as well as heart attacks.
Beta carotene is known as a free radical absorber. In other words, it protects the normal cells from becoming cancerous. Beta carotene is needed for the production of vitamin A, which produces rhodopsin, a pigment concentrated in the retina of the eye that improves night vision. During World War II, pilots who flew at night were encouraged to eat plenty of carrots to improve their vision.
Bugs Bunny ate plenty of carrots, which I’m sure helped him to survive while aggravating Elmer Fudd. As he was chewing on a carrot he would say, “What’s up Doc?” I guess he was trying to encourage Elmer to eat more carrots.
Carrots also have been used to reduce pain when a person has a severe ear infection. If a few sticks of carrots are crushed and placed in a cloth and held over the infected ear, it seems that the moisture from the carrots contains enzymes that help to draw out the infection. But I suggest you consult your doctor before using this old-time remedy.
Eating too many carrots may cause your skin to become orange. This condition is known as carrotinosis. It is not dangerous and will subside in a few weeks.
To get the best absorption of raw carrots, serve them with oil. Carrots release beta carotene upon cooking or shredding. Carrot water adds carotene to homemade soups.
In closing, remember: Carrots will ensure and enrich a healthy life but diamond carats may only offer empty promises.
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