WHY CARROT CAKES ARE POPULAR AND HEALTHY
Once thought of as a distant relative of the dreaded fruit cake, the
carrot cake has become one of the most favorite desserts throughout all
of the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Unlike its ugly
cousin, carrot cakes are made from fresh, not dried ingredients and will
never be passed from one household to another every year at
Christmastime. Carrot cakes are so delicious and wildly popular that
they rarely make it through two days in most households.
What’s So Healthy About Carrot Cakes?
The mere fact that the carrot is the main ingredient in this dessert
makes the carrot cake one of the healthiest dessert options available.
When vitamin rich raisins, apples, walnuts and pineapples are added to
the batter, the health benefits of the carrot cake are increased
tremendously. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is reportedly an
excellent way to improve night vision. The carrot has also been credited
with enhancing the quality of breast milk, improving the appearance of
the skin, hair and nails and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
Walnuts are rich in antioxidants which are reputed to help reduce
cholesterol. Some experts claim that the health benefits of raisins
include relief from constipation, acidosis, anemia, fever, and sexual
weakness, and that they are also reputed to help in weight gain, eye
care, dental care, and bone health.
Pineapples are known to be rich in manganese, a trace mineral needed
to build bone and connective tissues that effect the growth of bones in
young people and the strengthening of bones in older people. They are
also rich in vitamin C, which some claim to be helpful in the prevention
and treatment of the common cold.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The apple has long been
touted as a medical panacea. According to a study at Cornell University,
apples may keep certain forms of cancer away, as well as other
debilitating conditions and diseases, even Alzheimer’s Disease. With all
these health benefits, there is little wonder that cake lovers use this
information as justification to eat more and more carrot cake.
What Made People Put Carrots in Cake To Begin With?
Carrot cake was first introduced during the medieval era when sugar
was scarce or completely unavailable. The sweet carrot made an excellent
substitute in puddings, cakes and sweetbreads. Carrot cake enjoyed a
resurgence during World War II when sugar was rationed, and not readily
available. By the 1970s, carrot cake with cream cheese icing was ranked
number five on the list of most popular desserts in the United States.
When the health benefits are added to the vast popularity, is there
any wonder why carrot cake is a favorite in an ever growing number of
homes, restaurants and cafeterias throughout the UK and North America?
Carrot cake is delicious. It is good for you and it is easy to find in
bakeries, grocery stores, restaurants and cafeterias whenever and
wherever you want it.