Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Carrots
- ½ cup chopped raw carrot: 4 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 26 calories
- 1 medium baby carrot (about 3 per oz): 1 gram effective (net) carbohydrate and 4 calories
- 2 oz (56 grams) raw baby carrots: 3 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 20 calories
- ½ cup cooked sliced carrots: 4 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 27 calories
Glycemic Index for CarrotsThe studies on the glycemic index of carrots have wildly varied results. Carrots got a bad glycemic reputation, because of one study of (probably cooked) carrots that showed a GI of 92. A study of raw carrots, however, came up with a GI of 16, and two other studies of cooked carrots showed GIs of 32 and 49. It's probably safe to say that raw carrots have a lower GI than cooked ones.
Glycemic Load of CarrotsSince the computation of the glycemic load is based on the index, it is probably also difficult to assign a glycemic load to carrots. These, though, are commonly used numbers:
- ½ cup chopped raw carrots: 1
- 1 medium baby carrot (about 3 per oz): 0
- 2 oz (56 grams) raw baby carrot: 1
- ½ cup cooked sliced carrots: 2
Health Benefits of CarrotsTo say that carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A and alpha and beta carotene is to understate the situation. You can get a whole day's supply of vitamin A from ¼ cup of grated carrot, which is a little over an ounce of carrots. Carrots are also a very good source of vitamin K and a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and have a fair source of other micronutrients.
Diets high in carotenoids have been associated with a decreased risk of heart disease and some cancers, and may also improve glucose metabolism, lower insulin resistance and provide other health benefits.
Low-Carb Recipe with Carrots
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