Carrots - Small

Carrots - Small

A root vegetable that is often claimed to be the perfect health food. It is crunchy, tasty and highly nutritious
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  • Carrots are mainly composed of water and carbohydrates.
  • The carbs consist of starch and sugars, such as sucrose and glucose
  • They are also a relatively good source of fiber, with one medium sized carrot (61 grams) providing 2 grams.
  • Carrots often rank low on the glycemic index, which is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar after a meal.
  • The glycemic index of carrots ranges from 16-60, being lowest for raw carrots, a little higher for cooked carrots and highest for pureed carrots.
  • Eating low-glycemic foods is linked to numerous health benefit, and is considered particularly beneficial for diabetics
  • Pectin is the main form of soluble fiber in carrots.
  • Soluble fibers can lower blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion of sugar and starch.
  • They can also feed the friendly bacteria in the gut, which may lead to improved health and decreased risk of disease.
  • Certain soluble fibers can also impair the absorption of cholesterol from the digestive tract, lowering blood cholesterol.
  • The main insoluble fibers in carrots are in the form of cellulose, but also hemicellulose and lignin
  • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A promotes good vision, and is important for growth, development, and immune function.
  • Biotin: One of the B-vitamins, formerly known as vitamin H. It plays an important role in fat and protein metabolism
  • Also known as phylloquinone, vitamin K is important for blood coagulation and can promote bone health
  • Potassium is an essential mineral, important for blood pressure control.
  • Vitamin B6 is a group of related vitamins that are involved with the conversion of food into energy.

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