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What Is Carrot Powder?

Carrots are as one of the healthiest foods. These are rich in beta-carotene and bone health. The powdered form of carrots is Carrot powder. Carrot Powder has a mild, sweet and slight pepper flavor. That is why it blends with sauces and many more. It is also used as a flavoring agent in pasta. It is also used as a natural coloring agent for baked foods. It can be a healthy addition to any diet.

Raw vegetables have their own health benefits. Making fresh juice every morning may be difficult in your busy morning. Dehydrated carrot powder is an instant drink, travel friendly, and great for health benefits. Try carrot powder and consume it the way you want.

Carrot powder can be used in a number of products, including smoothies, carrot cake, muffins, stews, meat dishes, and gravies. There’s even a new study that found carrot powder can increase the nutraceutical benefit, and therefore shelf life, of sausage. Overall, there are numerous benefits to using carrot powder as an additive in many different products.

Description

It’s healthy and very neutral in taste. Carrot is now available all most throughout the year. But of course, the freshness and taste of carrot in winter is different from what you get in another season.

Comparison of the nutritional value of carrot vs. carrot powder-

Table 1 below shows the approximate nutritive value of 100 g of the edible portion of carrot and carrot powder.

Generally, carrot contains 86% of moisture.  After dehydration, the change in the moisture content in carrot powder makes a huge difference in the overall nutrient content.

The protein, carbohydrate, fiber, mineral, vitamin content increases many folds in its powder form.

10 g of carrot powder per day can meet the daily requirement (based on 2000 kcal diet need) of  –

  • 45% of beta carotene
  • 10%of iron,
  • 4% of vitamin C and
  • 2% of calcium

Table 1: Nutritive value of Carrot vs Carrot powder (approximate value of 100 g of edible portion)

Nutrients Carrot*  Carrot powder**
Moisture 86.0 g 6%
Energy 48 kcal 341 kcal
Carbohydrate 10.6 g 79.6 g
Protein 0.9 g 8.06 g
Fiber 1.2 g 23.06 g
Calcium 80 mg 212 mg
Iron 1.03 mg 3.9 mg

What Are The Nutrients In Carrot Powder?

Carrot powder has many nutritional benefits. It contains almost all the vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassiumphosphorus, and magnesium are all available in carrot powder. All varieties of carrots contain valuable amounts of antioxidant nutrients. Listed below are some of the more common antioxidant nutrients found in carrots.

Here Are Some Antioxidant Nutrients In Carrots

*Carotenoids – They help your body from the risk of eye diseases. There are over 600 known carotenoids. They are of two types. Xanthophylls (contains oxygen) and carotenes (purely hydrocarbons, contains no oxygen).

Carotenes are again two types:

*alpha-carotene

*beta-carotene

*lutein – This is a pigment that guards the body from damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals are the unstable molecules that destroy cells and play a role in many diseases. It provides important vision benefits. It protects against atherosclerosis (build-up of fatty deposits in arteries). This disease leads to most heart attacks.

*Hydroxycinnamic acids – It acts as an antiseptic. It helps for healthy bones and blood.

*Caffeic acid – It has many anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiviral abilities. It helps to boost the performance of athletes.

  • Carrot powder gives 41 calories per 100 g. It gives a negligible amount of fat and no cholesterol.
  • They have a rich source of carotenes and vitamin-A.
  • In the human body, carotenes convert into vitamin-A in the liver cells. Beta-carotene is the important carotene type present in carrots.
  • Carrots are rich in polyacetylene antioxidant, falcarinol
  • Carrot Powder is also good in vitamin-C
  • It provides about 9% of RDA.
  • It is also rich in many B-complex groups of vitamins. They include folic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), Thiamin, pantothenic acid, etc
  • Carrot Powder composes of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.
  • Beta-carotene is the most plentiful antioxidant nutrient. It accounts for over 95% of all carotenoids in many carrot varieties. Other carotenoids present in carrots include alpha-carotene and lutein.

Benefits Of Carrot Powder

Carrot powder is used in natural cosmetic formulations. It repairs and tones the skin. It reduces wrinkles and scars. It improves circulation of blood. It increases elasticity and provides the skin with beta-carotene.

  • It carries out all the functions of vitamin-A.
  • It helps in maintaining good eye health, reproduction (sperm production).
  • It helps in the maintenance of epithelial integrity, growth and development.
  • A study found that falcarinol in carrots fights against cancer. It destroys pre-cancerous cells in tumours.
  • Vitamin-C is water soluble antioxidant. It helps the body maintain healthy connective tissue, teeth, and gum. Its anti-oxidant property helps the human body to protect from cancer.
  • Beta-carotene is one of the powerful natural antioxidants. It protects the human body from harmful free radicals.
  • It acts as co-factors to enzymes during substrate metabolism in the body.
  • Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids. It controls the heartbeat and blood pressure. The human body utilizes manganese as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme.
  • It Improves anti-cancer immunity and helps to cure cancer
  • It reduces cholesterol level in body and prevents cardiovascular diseases.
  • In human body, the abundant carotene transforms into vitamin A under action of enzymes.
  • It helps to protect eyesight and prevent respiratory tract infection.
  • It contains vitamin B and can resist free radical. It also postpones aging and prevents excess grease secretion and maintain water-oil balance.
  • It contains rich vitamin C and can whiten and moisten the skin as well as keep the moisture and elasticity.
  • Carrot powder gives 41 calories per 100 g. It gives a negligible amount of fat and no cholesterol.
  • They have a rich source of carotenes and vitamin-A.
  • In the human body, carotenes convert into vitamin-A in the liver cells. Beta-carotene is the important carotene type present in carrots.
  • Carrots are rich in polyacetylene antioxidant, falcarinol.
  • Carrot Powder is also good in vitamin-C.
  • It provides about 9% of RDA.
  • It is also rich in many B-complex groups of vitamins. They include folic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid, etc.
  • Carrot Powder composes of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.
  • Beta-carotene is the most plentiful antioxidant nutrient. It accounts for over 95% of all carotenoids in many carrot varieties. Other carotenoids present in carrots include alpha-carotene and lutein.

Uses In Cosmetics

  1. People use carrot powder as a natural colorant in soap and other cosmetic products.
  2. It has a tendency to clump, so it will need to be wetted with vegetable glycerin prior to adding to formulas.
  3. Carrot powder is used in scrubs to provide a natural colour.
  4. It is used to nourish the skin with vitamins and minerals.
  5. It is used lotions, creams, and ointments.
  6. It is used in facial masks
  7. It is used in shampoo and conditioner formulas.
  8. It is used in facial toner recipes
  9. It is added to bath bomb recipes.
  10. It is also infused in massage oils.
  11. It helps in the treatment of the following diseases like
  • Allergies
  • Anaemia
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Immune Health
  • Rheumatic Conditions
  • Vision Improvement

 It’s convenient for regular use –

Imagine peeling and grinding carrot every morning for your vegetable juice. Does it sound doable for every day? Mornings are one of the busy hours in almost every household. Therefore you need some convenience to match your time with your health goal.

It is like an instant drink. All you need to do is take a teaspoon of powder and stir in water. That’s all, the basic carrot drink is ready.

Does carrot powder really work?

Don’t expect overnight magic from any food. That happens only in advertisements. It takes about 2-3 weeks to see a result. Therefore patience is the key here.

You may or may not feel any visible difference. However, good food will always give you some benefits that you may not even realize immediately.

How to use carrot powder?

The easiest possible way to consume carrot powder is to add 1 tsp of it in a glass (250 ml) of water and stir as an instant drink.

If you want to take your drink to a next level, consider adding fresh orange juice to it. You may also think of adding any other fresh fruit juice like pineapple, watermelon, mosambi, lemon to it for better taste. Add a pinch of rock salt and black pepper. You may add a few drops of ginger juice to it for a special punch.

You can also add the powder to your smoothie or yogurt or in soup.

You may also try to add it while making dough for roti/ paratha or in the idli/ dosa batter.

Many even prefer adding the powder in the pancake or muffin batter.

If you are a hummus fan, you can consider adding it to hummus as well.

When to take carrot powder?

If you are planning to take carrot powder for health reasons, consider taking carrot juice in the morning on empty stomach. As mentioned above, you can add any other fresh fruit or vegetable juice along with it.

This can also be taken as a mid-morning drink.

For bringing variety in diet and to increase the fiber content of the diet, you can add the powder with any dish (roti/ paratha/idli/ dosa/ pancake/ soup/ yogurt/smoothie/ hummus, etc) for breakfast/ lunch/ snack or dinner.

Can you take it every day?

You can consume carrot powder every day. Take 5 g (1 teaspoon) of it as a drink or in other preparation. Don’t consume it in excess. This may cause stomach ache because of its high fiber content.

Who should avoid taking carrot powder?

Carrot powder is high in potassium, an important element to regulate blood pressure. Thus if you are struggling with low blood pressure, you may avoid taking it on a regular basis.

As it is high in potassium, patients with kidney problems should not take it.

If you are allergic to carrots, needless to say, you must avoid them. You may experience nausea, stomach ache, headache, etc. after having it.

This is how carrots help your life. Next time, when kids ask if it’s true that carrots are good for their eyes, answer in the affirmative. Carrots are very high in vitamin A, an essential nutrient for good vision. Beta-carotenes can’t be manufactured in the body, they must be obtained from your diet. Carrots are rich in these. So, try to use Carrot powder as a part of your regular diet and stay healthy.

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