“Eh, what’s up, doc?” – Bugs Bunny
For millions of households since 1940, people of all ages have grown up with that famous line from Bugs Bunny. And of course, when one thinks of that line, they immediately think of carrots. The two go hand in hand like Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in the famous 1935 Best Picture winner, It Happened One Night.
Coincidentally, it was in that film where the part Clark Gable character leaned against a fence eating carrots while talking with his mouth full to Claudette Colbert’s character. Thus, the inspiration for the world’s most famous wise cracking bunny.
On July 27th, in 1940 Bugs Bunny was first introduced in the cartoon short, A Wild Hare. Although, it wouldn’t be until the second cartoon, “Elmer’s Pet Rabbit” in 1941 that Bugs was officially named.
One wonders how many times ever since has someone chewed on a carrot and mimicked that famous line?
That’s a good thing, too. All the while people are just having fun with repeating that famous quote, they’re also doing their body good as there are many health benefits to eating carrots.
What Are The Origins Of A Carrot?
Many historians believe that the origins of the carrot began in the region of Afghanistan where the Himalayan and Hindu Kush mountains meet. As a matter of fact, the earliest known documentation of a carrot was from the 10th century.
What Is A Carrot?
A root vegetable, the carrot is generally orange in color, but also can be purple, red, black, yellow or white. Many believe that the name carrot derives from the Greek word karaton through the Latin carota.
What Are The Health Benefits Of A Carrot?
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and fiber content as well as are a good source for antioxidant agents. You will also find in carrots Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and potassium. What this means is that carrots are loaded with some amazingly effective health benefits.
Here are 5 health benefits from carrots that will leave you wanting to tap your inner Bugs Bunny, every day:
Prevention Of Heart Disease
As high cholesterol is a major factor for heart disease, you’ll want to start practicing your very best Bugs Bunny impersonation. I mean like, repeatedly. It has been found that cholesterol level drops by an average of eleven percent if over the course of three weeks, seven ounces of raw carrots were consumed each day.
Prevention Of Cancer
Although beta-carotene has been linked to the reduction of risk for many different types of cancers, the impact on lung cancer is especially notable. As each carrot has on average, about three milligrams of beta-carotene, researchers in Britain found that by increasing beta-carotene consumption from 1.7 to 2.7 milligrams per day reduced lung cancer risk by more than forty percent.
Lowers Blood Pressure
As carrots are rich sources of potassium, next time you carried upset about something and you feel your tension rising, to look at whatever is causing the stress, grab a carrot, and say, “What’s up doc?” Did you know that potassium is a what is called a vasodilator and has the effect of relaxing the tension in your blood vessels and arteries? What this does is in-turn, increases the blood flow and circulation which reduces the stress on the cardiovascular system by boosting the organ function throughout the body.
Did you know that as many as 11 million Americans have some form of age related macular degeneration? Research has shown that patients who ate the most amount of beta-carotene experienced a forty percent lower risk of macular degeneration.
Reduces Risk Of Stroke
In what many experts have called the “carrot effect”, eating a carrot every day has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke by 68%. These same studies found that patients with the highest levels of beta-carotene, found in carrots, had the highest survival rates.
As you can see, the carrot has many health benefits. How fun would it be the next time you see your doctor to walk in eating a carrot quipping, “What’s up, doc?”
How Do People Eat Carrots?
For certain, there is no better and albeit, correct way to channel one’s inner-Bugs than eating the carrot as is. Because of the carrots health benefits, this root vegetable has also founds its way into everything from a power smoothie to even dipped in Peanut Butter. (Sorry celery, I guess Peanut is not exclusive to you anymore.)
Order Your Carrots Today
Okay, let’s be honest, have you ever ate a carrot and repeated that line made famous by Bugs Bunny? If you haven’t, there’s still time.
If you haven’t already, we’d like to invite you to stop by the Organic Earthly Delights Farm Stand or even order our fresh organic produce for home delivery. Both services are open and available year-round. You can learn more here, and get started today.