I generally recommend eating your vegetables raw or fermented to get the most nutrition, but in carrots’ case, gentle cooking such as steaming may be preferred.
Carrots are already excellent if you eat it raw, but there’s some research which shows that cooking them may actually help boost their nutritional content. In one study, they found that cooked carrots had higher levels of beta-carotene and phenolic acids than raw carrots, and the antioxidant activity continued to increase over a period of four weeks. Adding carrot peels to a carrot puree also boosted antioxidant levels.
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