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The carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange in colour, though purple, black, red, white, and yellow cultivars exist. Carrots are a domesticated form of the wild carrot, Daucus carota, native to Europe and southwestern Asia.


Health Benefits

  • Carrots are about 10% carbs, consisting of starch, fiber and simple sugars. They rank low on the glycemic index scale

  • Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. They are also a good source of several B-vitamins, vitamin K and potassium.

  • Carrots are a great source of many plant compounds, especially carotenoids, such as beta-carotene and lutein.

  • Carrot consumption has been linked with reduced risk of cancer and heart disease, and improved eye health. They may be a valuable component of an effective weight loss diet.

Nutrition Details

  • Vitamin A
    • Amount per serving: 203%
    • Serving size: 1 medium-sized carrot
  • Potassium
    • Amount per serving: 195mg
    • Serving size: 1 medium-sized carrot
  • Calcium
    • Amount per serving: 2%
    • Serving size: 1 medium-sized carrot
  • Vitamin C
    • Amount per serving: 6%
    • Serving size: 1 medium-sized carrot
  • Iron
    • Amount per serving: 1%
    • Serving size: 1 medium-sized carrot
  • Vitamin B6
    • Amount per serving: 5%
    • Serving size: 1 medium-sized carrot

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