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Carrots are very good for you. Dr. Kirsten Brandt and her team at Newcastle University in cooperation with the University of Southern Denmark and the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences have identified the compound in carrots that protects against cancer. The compound, falcarinol, protects the carrot from fungal diseases.

The researchers also conducted experiments to determine whether organic food was really any better for you. As Dr. Brandt explains, "We used to think that as long as food had adequate nutrients then it was all equally good." The research has shown that this is not the case.

One group of rats was fed organically cultivated food with low input of fertilizer and no pesticides, a second group was fed food cultivated with low input of fertilizer and with pesticides, and a third group was fed conventionally grown food with high fertilizer input and pesticides.

The rats on the organic diet enjoyed several health benefits. They slept better, had stronger immune systems, and were less fat.

So eat your carrots. And make sure they’re organic!


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