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Are Carrots Good for You?

Carrots Nutrition 101 – Are Carrots Good for You?

To me this question is like asking “Is salad healthy?” I would think everyone would answer YES! But thanks to a lot of conflicting information surrounding the glycemic index / glycemic load of carbohydrate-containing foods a lot of people are apparently still confused about carrots nutrition. I thought I’d address this issue since one of Andy’s patients just sent us an email wanting to know “Are carrots good for you?”

YES! Carrots are Good for You!

I don’t think anyone can argue that carrots are an excellent source of nutrients. Carrots are incredibly rich in both alpha-carotene and beta-carotene (which converts into vitamin A in your body) plus they have a ton of fiber, lots of anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients, a hefty dose of potassium and even a sprinkling of calcium and magnesium.

Carrots are good for you whether you eat them cooked or raw, but interestingly, cooking carrots actually makes the nutrients more bioavailable…which is a fancy way of saying it’s easier for your body to use the nutrients in carrots if the carrots are cooked. Even more interesting is that the fat-soluble carotenoids in carrots are best absorbed by your body if you eat the carrots with a bit of fat (same thing for tomatoes, the lycopene in tomatoes is best absorbed with some fat…which is why it’s not a good idea to eat “fat free” tomato sauce!) Besides carrots and tomatoes both taste better with a bit of fat anyway, so this shouldn’t be too difficult to do.

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Category: Wellness

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