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Why Crunching Carrots Is Good for Your Health

By Brandi Goodman 

Carrots have long been known to be a healthy food source. It's long been boasted that carrots are good for the eyes. There's much more to this orange vegetable than people realize, however. Crunching carrots is good for your health in numerous ways.

The Crunch Relieves Stress

The crunch itself is beneficial. When you spend time eating something hard that your teeth really have to crunch into to get a bite, you release tension in your jaw. Working out your jaw this way is great for the health of your mouth. It can feel satisfying to bite down onto something and hearing that crunching sound. You might focus your mind on the sound and the act of eating instead of worrying about whatever was bothering you prior. It's a great stress reliever.

Carrots Contain Beneficial Vitamins

Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients found in carrots. Beneficial vitamins such as this are ideal for the body. It is recommended to eat carrots to promote eye health. The beta-carotene within this orange vegetable gets converted to Vitamin A to help improve eyesight and prevent disease. The fiber found within this veggie is great for digestion. The antioxidants are necessary for cancer prevention. Both are also necessary for a strong heart.

They Make Your Teeth Strong

The act of crunching isn't just good for stress relief. It really helps your teeth as well. All of the chewing you do while eating carrots and other crunchy vegetables can help to massage your gums and clean out bacteria. The Vitamin A known to help eyesight also works to strengthen tooth enamel. You'll have a stronger jaw and teeth when consuming carrots regularly. 

Chewing More Helps You Eat Less

If you're quickly shoveling food into your mouth and swallowing just as fast, you're far more likely to consume a larger amount at one time. Chewing more helps you eat less. You spend lots of time crunching up carrots to make the pieces small enough to swallow. This gives your body more time to digest and realize it's full sooner rather than later. 

Carrots make an excellent choice when it comes to vegetables. Keep the crunchy food on your weekly menu to experience many health benefits. Add other crunchy options to the list as well for an even better chance at keeping your teeth, jaw, and eyes healthy, as well as improving your mental health with the stress relief crunching veggies can bring.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in American Fork, Utah.

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