At 30 calories and less than one gram of fat a pop, carrots can (and should!) be a mainstay in any healthy diet. And yes, they are absolutely loaded with eyesight-protecting vitamin A, no matter which color you choose. Get more facts on this versatile root veggie below.
Serving size: 1 large carrot (about 8″ long)
- 30 calories
- 7g carbohydrates
- .68g protein
- <1g total fat
- 0g saturated fat
- 2g fiber (8% DV)
- 3.41g sugar
- 50 mg sodium
- 230mg potassium (7% DV)
- 9mg magnesium (2% DV)
- 4.2mg vitamin C (7% DV)
- 14 ug folate
- 12028 IU vitamin A (241% DV)
- .48 mg vitamin E (2% DV)
- 9.5 ug vitamin K (12% DV)
Health Benefits of Carrots
They’re not just a low-cal snack. Making carrots a part of your diet can:
- Keep eyesight sharp: Vitamin A protects ocular health.
- Strengthen the immune system: Vitamin A also helps cells grow.
- Promote regularity: The fiber fills you up and contributes to good digestion and absorption.
- Lower your risk of cancer: Beta-carotene may help prevent aging-associated health problems, including gastric and prostate cancer as well as inflammation and coronary heart disease.
How should I prepare them?
Boiling carrots may reduce their nutritional content, but freezing them will maintain most of it. Enjoy them raw, shredded in salads, or in smoothies.
Content Provided By Good Housekeeping Institute