Calories in carrots
There are 25 calories in a half cup serving of carrots according to FruitsandVeggiesMatter from the US CDC.
There is no fat, cholesterol, and only 45 mgs. of sodium for that serving size.
There are 6 grams of carbohydrates and only 3 of those are sugars.
There are two grams of dietary fiber and one gram of protein.
There are very small amounts of most vitamins and minerals with one huge exception.
One half cup of carrots provides 150% of daily value of Vitamin A when raw, and 270% daily value when cooked.
Vitamin A supports eye health and vision, which has led to this vegetable being called food for eyes.
Note: the popular baby carrots used for snacking, vegetable trays, and appetizers, usually have about 5 calories in one baby carrot (medium to large size).
Choosing the best carrot
The color will depend on the variety, but in most cases, choose brightly colored ones.
They should also be firm without cracking along the sides.
They can be stored for at least a week in the crisper part of the refrigerator, but should be used before wilting.
Some people will add the thoroughly washed tops to vegetable broths or juices.
The tops are also especially loved by pet bunnies.
Because the calories in carrots are so low, this vegetable is a very healthy snack.
You can grate it, dice it, or cut it into sticks for salads, coleslaw, and appetizers.
When cooked, you can add it to soups, stews, casseroles, breads, cakes, and served as a side dish with a variety of spices or sauces.
If you drink fresh carrot juice in smoothies, or just straight, don't worry if you notice your skin turning slightly orange from the carotenoids.
The carotenoids are healthy phytonutrient pigments and are usually metabolized within a few hours.
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