What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Carrots Every Day

Carrots are proof that not everything that tastes good is bad for you. While being a delightful snack, carrots offer a surplus of health benefits. The most commonly known benefit is that carrots promote eye health. In particular, registered dietician Lauren Manaker tells Eat This that the lutein and vitamin A in carrots can reduce the risk of night blindness and certain eye diseases.

If you are on a diet, carrots may be a healthy snack to add to your shopping list. Not only are carrots low in calories, but they help you feel full more quickly, preventing you from overeating (per British Journal of Nutrition). According to Healthline, carrots may also improve digestion and lower blood sugar levels, making them a good snack for people with diabetes.

Eating carrots may even benefit your well-being in the long term. According to Dr. Trista Best (via Eat This), the calcium and vitamin K in carrots may improve your bone health. In addition, The American Institute for Cancer Research notes that eating carrots may reduce your risk of certain cancers.

This is what happens if you eat too many carrots

Regularly eating carrots may improve your skin by helping to prevent sun damage, a common culprit behind skin cancer and premature skin aging (per Nutrients). However, if you eat too many carrots, it may have an unexpected effect on your skin: the excessive beta-carotenes in your bloodstream may give your skin an orangey color. This is called carotenemia. Fortunately, it is harmless and it will go away once you stop eating too many carrots. It is also very rare. Dermatologist Melissa Piliang tells Cleveland Clinic that she only sees one or two cases of carotenemia per year.

To avoid carotenemia, Cleveland Clinic recommends a well-balanced diet with many different vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, complex carbs, and healthy fats. Cleveland Clinic also advises you to see a doctor if you experience skin discoloration that lasts more than a few days. While carotenemia itself is harmless, skin discoloration can also be a sign of other more serious diseases.