carrot

By IndyKids Staff

Has your parent or teacher ever told you to “live up to your potential”? Try saying that to the carrots on your dinner plate. According to Dr. Luis Cisneros of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, carrots can produce more healthy chemicals like antioxidants when stressed. In Dr. Cisneros’ study, he put cut carrots under ultraviolet light for a couple of days. At the end of the experiment, the cut carrots showed higher levels of healthy chemicals than in uncut carrots. People are like that, too – challenge them, and in response to the challenge, they tend to do better work. How do you stress out a carrot? Cut it up – or give it your math homework!