So What's the Deal with the Sugar in Carrots?
It's true that carrots provide around half of their calories from sugar - which seems like a lot! However, the first thing you need to know is that the total calories in carrots is still super low. One medium carrot is only 25 calories. For how filling it is, that's a great bargain! When knowing this, the question, "Are carrots bad for dieting?" sounds pretty silly :)
Furthermore, there is something called glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL). The first thing you need to know about those things is that they affect a food when it's eaten on it's own, so take that information into account when you read the following facts:
- Raw carrots have a GI of 16. The GI for boiled carrots ranges from 32 to 49. That puts carrots in the low glycemic food group: Low glycemic index: 1-55.
- Two small raw carrots have a glycemic load of about 8. That also puts carrots in the low glycemic load group: Low glycemic load: 1-10.
What is the take-away from this? One is that the preparation of the carrots matters. Raw carrots will affect your blood sugar less than boiled. However, even boiled carrots have a low GI.
The next thing you need to know is that, every time you add a food that contains fat or protein, it's going to lower the GI of the entire meal or snack. However, every time you add a food that is high in refined carbohydrates or simple sugars, the GI of the entire meal or snack is lower.
What this means is that the carrots in and of themselves are not going to be the problem for your diet's GI. Even diabetics can usually afford to include carrots as part of a balanced meal. However, be sure to consult with your doctor or a nutritionist to be sure. We offer Ccnsultations with Certified Nutritionists here.