No matter how you eat them, carrots are a universally loved vegetable. Whether you eat them raw for a crunchy snack or roast them in the oven, carrots’ versatility is unmatched. Shred ‘em for salads, dice ‘em for soups, spiralize ‘em for pasta, dip ’em in hummus, what can’t you do with the bright orange carrot?!
These brightly colored veggies are versatile, tasty and healthy! Read on to learn all the health benefits of carrots.
Carrot Nutrition Facts
Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of carrots.
Fat: 0.2 grams
Carbohydrates: 9.6 grams
Fiber: 2.8 grams
Sugar: 4.7 grams
Protein: 1 gram
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Health Benefits of Carrots
Prevents Vision Loss
You’ve heard it before, likely as a child: carrots are good for eyesight! Shown to prevent vision loss, the eye-boosting power of carrots is a wonder!
Promotes Weight Loss
Due to the low-calorie nature of carrots, they’re a great weight loss aid. Grab them for a light snack that’s still crunchy and satisfying!
Did you know that carrots can actually lower cholesterol? It’s true! The soluble fiber found in carrots aids in the excretion of bile acids which contain cholesterol.
We could all use a boost to the immune system, yes? How about chomping some carrots to increase yours? Carrots contain vitamin A, C, B and E vitamins as well as critical minerals iron, zinc and copper all of which aid in boosting immunity!
Lowers Cancer Risk
The American Institute for Cancer Research cites carrots as a food that fights cancer! In addition to Vitamin A and K, carrots also contain Luteolin, a flavonoid phytochemical that provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
Regulates Blood Sugar
Carrots are a great choice for those managing diabetes. With a low GI score (a number that measures how quickly the body absorbs glucose from the food) of just 16 when raw, carrots are a great treat to regulate blood sugar.
Crisp, raw vegetables, such as carrots, can actually help clean plaque from your teeth. Carrots also freshen your breath and can help prevent cavities.
Promotes Healthy Skin
Carrots get their bright orange color from an antioxidant called beta-carotene. This antioxidant promotes healthy skin as it helps to repair skin tissue and can even protect against the sun’s harmful rays.
Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
Eating vegetables has so many healthy benefits. By incorporating vegetables into your diet regularly, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and carrots makes it easy! Crunchy when eaten raw and sweet with roasted or steamed, carrots are a great low-calorie, high-fiber veggie that protects your heart.
16 Healthy Carrot Recipes
Carrots can be incorporated into any meal of the day! Here are our favorite carrot recipes from breakfast to dinner.
Ready to have your [carrot] cake, and eat it too? We’re serving up carrot cake oatmeal for breakfast and this recipe is just as delicious as it sounds. Plus, it’s got 6 grams of fiber per serving.
There are few healthier ways to start your day than with this delicious carrot, apple, and ginger zinger smoothie. The ginger acts as a natural detoxer and you get some tummy-filling protein from the Greek yogurt.
Ready for a gluten-free, vegan version carrot cake?! How about in waffle form? These waffles are fluffy, moist, and full of that sweet yet spicy carrot cake flavor.
Add vegetables to your fruit smoothies is always a great idea. And this delicious breakfast drink gets an extra punch of flavor and nutrition thanks to the carrots and lime juice!
Loaded with fiber and good-for-you ingredients, these healthy carrot cake muffins are ones you’ll want to make again and again.
This recipe for carrot cake protein balls is great if you need a filling snack or a satisfying post-workout protein boost. We use raw carrots, raisins, walnuts and dates to pack a powerful and sweet nutritional bite.
We love this healthy spin on a veggie/fruit bread. Jam-packed with flavor AND healthy ingredients, this carrot apple bread allows you to enjoy a tasty treat without the guilt.
Yes, they’re a side dish, but in all honesty, these honey garlic caramelized carrots may just take center stage. Made on the stovetop (better yet, a cast iron skillet!), the carrots get browned and golden among notes of butter, honey and garlic.
This is a go-to, hands-off way to make roasted carrots. Just let those babies roast in the oven until nice and caramelized while you make your glaze.
This twist on the classic mac and cheese hides a pound of carrots inside! It’s a great way to sneak in extra veggies while still feeling indulgent.
This slow braised beef with carrot mash and olives is the modernized version of your grandma’s pot roast and man, it’s a welcome upgrade.
This Asian Noodle Edamame Salad is loaded with tons of good for you veggies like red pepper, carrots, purple cabbage, edamame and topped it with a delicious peanut dressing.
Dairy-free, gluten-free and paleo, this creamy sausage and kale soup is loaded with kale, carrots and chunks of spicy sausage. A hearty meal in one bowl!
With all the carrot cake spin-offs above, of course you’ve got to have a yummy true carrot cake for dessert! This healthier carrot cake bread is moist and delicious and the low-fat cream cheese frosting is to die for!
Slightly different than the classic, this Orange Carrot Zucchini Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and fresh orange juice, has TWO veggies inside, and uses greek yogurt to add that ever-important moisture.