Arracacha also known as white carrot is a kind of root vegetable which originally grows in the Andes and belongs to the Apiaceae or carrot family that is also used as an herb. These roots have a very high starch content that ranges between 10% and 25%. The tiny starch granules are very similar to the Cassava. Arracacha is loaded with vitamins and nutrients: iron, calcium and vitamin A.
It is also low in calories and a great source of starch. Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers have just discovered falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties. Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage.
Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Carrots also contain fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc.
Among younger men, diets rich in beta-carotene may play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in carrots may also help with blood sugar regulation, delay the effects of aging, and improve immune function.
When eaten as part of an overall healthy diet, the nutrients in carrots may provide you with protection against heart disease and stroke while helping you to build strong bones and a healthy nervous system. Carrot extract has been found to be useful for the management of cognitive dysfunctions and may offer memory improvement and cholesterol-lowering benefits.
Carrots eaten raw are an excellent food, but there is some research showing that cooking them may actually help to boost their nutritional content. Carrots are great for dental health also as it is known to kill harmful germs in the mouth and tooth decay. White carrot offers the same benefits as an ordinary carrot and consuming vegetables are always known to improve health drastically.