First thing in the morning your stomach is empty, as well as if you do a fast for around 8 hours or more.
Carrot juice is high in many beneficial vitamins and minerals.
In this article, I will explain the benefits are to drinking carrot juice on an empty stomach.
Overall, it increases the uptake of the water soluble nutrients which are vitamin C and the B-vitamins.
Carrot juice is particularly high in vitamin C, and vitamin B-6 which are both water-soluble.
Therefore, you will get the health benefits that both these vitamins are known for.
Below, I will explain the health benefits of these two water-soluble vitamins, which are absorbed much better on an empty stomach.
As well as, exactly how much carrot juice contains when the best time is to drink carrot juice, and what you can expect if you drink carrot juice everyday for a month.
Should Carrot Juice Be Taken on Empty Stomach?
In some cases, it can be a good idea to only consume foods on an empty stomach.
Doing so increases the absorption of the beneficial vitamins and minerals they contain.
Carrot juice is very high in certain vitamins and minerals, so here’s whether you should drink carrot juice on an empty stomach.
Carrot juice can be taken on an empty stomach.
It increases the uptake of water-soluble nutrients which are the B-vitamins such as vitamin B-12, and vitamin B-6, as well as, vitamin C.
However, it’s not necessary to only drink carrot juice on an empty stomach.
The juice of fruits and vegetables contains about 90% of the nutrients of the vegetable or fruit itself.
The main difference is that vegetable and fruit juice contain only 10% of the fiber.
The amount of water-soluble nutrients in 1 cup of carrot juice are:
|Nutrient||Percent of recommended daily intake (RDI) per cup of carrot juice|
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)||24.00%|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||18.00%|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||30.00%|
1 cup of carrot juice contains a large percentage of the recommended daily intake of all of the water-soluble nutrients, except for vitamin B-12. Carrot juice contains no vitamin B-12.
In some cases drinking a cup of carrot juice can make you consume more than the recommended daily intake of these nutrients, depending on the other foods you consume in a day.
For example, 1 cup of carrot juice will give you 60% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
Other foods such as citrus fruits like oranges contain a high amount of vitamin C.
Consuming more than the recommended daily intake of vitamin C can give you diarrhea.
With that said, each of these water-soluble nutrients will be absorbed much better by your body if you drink carrot juice on an empty stomach.
Here are the benefits that each of these nutrients have on your body, as well as, the essential functions they perform in your body.
|Nutrient||Positive health effects on the body|
|Vitamin C||Protects against free radicals which are linked to cancer, heart disease, and other diseases. Strengthens the immune system to ward off viruses like the flu.|
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)||Increases your level of energy, improves your mood and is good for people with diabetes.|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||Is required to break down food so that the nutrients are in a form that can be utilized by the body.|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||Lowers cholesterol, increases brain function, helps alleviate arthritis|
|Vitamin B-6||Good for maintaining a strong immune system. Maintains a normal amount of amino acid in your blood.|
On top of this carrot juice also contains many other vitamins and minerals.
Here are the vitamins and minerals as a percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) found in 1 cup of carrot juice:
|Nutrient||RDI from 1 cup of carrot juice|
|Fiber, total dietary||66.00%|
One nutrient that stands out, in particular, is vitamin A.
Vitamin A is very good for the appearance of your skin and can make your skin glow.
I explained how many carrots you should consume or how much carrot juice you should drink to have a positive effect on your skin in this article about whether carrots make your skin glow.
What Is the Right Time to Drink Carrot Juice?
Carrot juice is nice to drink on its own.
But, can also be consumed with other food right before or with a meal. According to scientific studies, here’s the right time to drink carrot juice.
The right time to drink carrot juice is with dinner.
A study published in the Journal of the American Health Association showed that vegetables for dinner is much better for your health.
Also, fruit smoothies/juices are best consumed for lunch and/or in between breakfast and lunch.
According to the study, it showed that it’s healthier to eat:
- Breakfast – any
- Morning tea – fruit
- Lunch – fruit
- Dinner – Vegetables
- After dinner – a dairy snack
If you eat meat it’s possible to combine meat with these meals.
But, meat doesn’t go very well with fruit so if you like to eat meat, eat it for breakfast or for dinner.
Based on these facts you’re best to have a cup of carrot juice with dinner.
It takes about 10 average-sized carrots to make 1 cup of carrot juice.
It’s possible to eat carrots instead of carrot juice.
The difference is you will get much more fiber from eating carrots instead of drinking carrot juice.
But, the trade-off is that carrot juice has much more nutrients because 1 cup contains the nutrients of 10 carrots.
Fiber is very good for the digestive system, and for your bowel. 1 average-sized carrot contains 4.2% of the recommended daily intake of fiber.
Therefore, you need to make a judgment call by taking a look at your typical diet to see if you’re getting enough fiber.
If you are then carrot juice is a better option because it contains much more nutrients.
Drinking Carrot Juice for a Month
Carrot juice contains a high amount of vitamins and minerals. So, including it in your diet regularly is a good idea.
You might challenge yourself to drink a glass of carrot juice everyday for a month, here’s what would happen.
Drinking carrot juice everyday for a month will give you a good amount of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and manganese, which are very good for your health.
But, it’s possible your skin will turn an orange color from the high amounts of beta-carotene.
Carrots are particularly high in beta-carotene.
The amount of carrots you would need to eat to turn your skin orange is around 8 per day.
To make 1 cup of carrot juice takes around 10 average-sized carrots.
Therefore, if you drink 1 cup of carrot juice per day you will be consuming enough beta-carotene to turn your skin orange.
But, according to dermatologists, this effect of beta-carotene on the skin known as carotenemia only occurs if you otherwise eat a restrictive diet.
I explained this in more detail in this article about if it’s bad for your skin to turn orange from eating carrots.
It also shows how the beta-carotene in carrots compares to the beta-carotene of other fruits and vegetables that are also high in beta-carotene.
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