The beta-carotene in carrots is an antioxidant combating the free radicals that contribute to conditions like cancer, heart disease, and a few other conditions.
Cooking carrots actually raises the nutritional benefits of this great vegetable. By cooking them you free the beta-carotene from the fiber, thereby allowing your body to better absorb the beta-carotene.
If you eat just a half cup of carrots each day you will get more than the recommended dosage of beta-carotene in your diet.
One good way to get your daily dosage without eating carrots everyday is to simply add the carrots to your favorite blended drink.