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Can I Still Crunch on Carrots?


Are carrots OK to eat if you have diabetes? Get the facts here.

Serving size: 1 large carrot, ½ cup carrot slices, or 8 baby carrots (72 g)

Carbs: 7 g

Calories: 30

Glycemic index: 16 (raw), 33-49 (cooked); low

Glycemic load: 1 (raw), 2 (cooked); low


Despite their sweet taste, carrots are low in carbohydrates and considered a non-starchy vegetable (in contrast to a starchy one, like corn). Non-starchy vegetables are great to eat daily — and several times a day! Carrots fill you up fast, add color and flavor to dishes from salads to soups, and can even take the place of some of the starch on your plate. They’re also rich in vitamin A, which helps your body make the cells that produce insulin, the hormone that takes sugar out of your bloodstream. So, make like a bunny and munch on!

Quick tip: Pair carrots with a healthy dip — a little bit of fat helps your body absorb the vitamins they contain. Garbanzo bean- and olive oil-based hummus is a good choice, or try plain yogurt mixed with onion soup or ranch dressing mix (try to limit your portion to ¼ cup).


Published on August 10, 2016.


— Compiled by Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD

Reviewed by Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE on June 11, 2016.
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