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The Ray Peat Inspired Carrot Salad

By Tyler Woodward

Carrots are arguably one of the few natural superfoods on the planet. 

Carrots are a great source of insoluble fiber, sugar and a number of vitamins and minerals. Due to their high cellulose content and free fatty acids, raw carrots are able to rid your intestines of the “bad gut bacteria”. Eating a daily raw carrot can greatly improve your digestion, help lower your cholesterol and estrogen levels.

Read More: The Carrot Cure

The Ray Peat Style Carrot salad takes advantage of a number of other antimicrobial foods to help increase the carrots bacteria fighting effects. 

All the ingredients in this carrot salad recipe follow the guidelines of the Thermo Diet. The Thermo Diet encourages you to eat foods that increase the process of thermogenesis in your body. Haven’t tried the Thermo Diet yet? Get your meal plan today to see how this way of eating can boost your energy and help you regulate your hormones.

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The Recipe:

  • 1-2 Raw Organic Carrots (Shredded length wise)
  • Fully hydrogenated coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Vinegar (optional)
  • Salt (to Taste)

Frequently Asked Questions:

When Should I Eat The Carrot Salad? -

It's best to eat the carrot salad between meals as a type of snack. The large amounts of insoluble fiber can interfere with the digestion and nutrient absorption when consumed in proximity to other meals. If you don't have a chance to eat the carrot salad between meals, it's not the end of the world to eat it 15-20 minutes before a meal. 

Can I Just Eat A Raw Carrot? -

Yes, the raw carrot on its own has a ton of benefits, although there are a few extra benefits from making it into a carrot salad:

  • Shredding The Carrots (Length Wise) - This maximizes the surface area of the carrots as it passes through your intestines, increasing the likelihood of the carrots attaching to and excreting the "bad bacteria' and fats from your intestines.
  • Coconut Oil/Olive Oil - These both also have anti-bacterial effects helping to fight the "bad bacteria" in the intestines. These can also bind to the estrogen-bound bile helping to remove it from the intestines. 
  • Vinegar - Also has a number of anti-bacterial compounds
  • Salt - May help to improve your bowel movement frequency and increase the amount of stomach acid you produce, plus it tastes great.

Does The Carrot Have To Be Raw? -

Yes, the carrot has to be raw to get the benefits out of the carrot salad. The more thoroughly cooked the carrot is the more of the insoluble fiber (cellulose) that is broken down, lessening its benefits. Additionally, cooking the carrot increases the amount of Beta-Carotene that is absorbed into your body which can down regulate your thyroid.

Does The Carrot Have To Be Orange? -

Nope!

How To Make A Carrot Salad:

  1. Purchase organic carrots (color doesn't matter)
  2. Rinse carrot off in the sink and use a brush to scrub off any dirt and imperfections
  3. Dry off the carrots and then peel them lengthwise into a bowl
  4. Add coconut or olive oil for added bacteria-fighting effectts
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Enjoy :)

If you would like a complete guide to Thermo Approved recipes Make sure to check out The Thermo Chef Cookbook!

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