By Christy Piña
There are very few foods that are good for both humans and their best friends, dogs. Carrots happen to be one of them!
Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables in the world, thanks to their many health benefits and enjoyable taste. These orange, crunchy veggies have a very rich supply of nutrients, including an antioxidant that was named after them: beta-carotene. Per the University of Maryland Medical Center’s complementary and alternative medicine guide, antioxidants like beta-carotene have also been shown to reduce your risk of developing heart disease and certain cancers. Because there is so much beta-carotene in carrots, one carrot can account for 110 percent of your vitamin A intake for the day, according to the FDA.
Although they may be the most popular grocery store option, orange carrots are not the only type of carrot available. There are also purple, golden and red carrots to choose from. Although the main difference between these carrots is mostly just taste, red carrots also contain lycopene (an antioxidant also found in tomatoes) as a healthful addition.
The same way that humans get many health benefits from carrots, so do dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, carrots provide dogs with vitamin A, potassium and fiber. So, next time you want to spoil your pup a little with some healthy and tasty snacks, try giving them bite-size pieces of carrots!