What’s The Crunch on Carrots? Are Carrots High in Vitamin K?
Let’s test your knowledge on carrots:
- True or False: Carrots are high in sugar.
- Carrots are high in:
- Vitamin A (Beta-carotene)
- Vitamin K
- True or False: Carrots can make your skin turn orange if you eat too many of them.
- Are carrots high in vitamin K?
See the answers at the bottom of this blog. How’d you do on the quiz? If you got 100%, you know this well! 🙂
Carrots contain a large amount of vitamin A (Beta-carotene). Did you know that if you consume a large amount of carrots or carrot juice your skin can turn a yellowish, orange color. This change in skin color is not dangerous, will eventually go away, and is due to the pigment found within beta-carotene. One of the biggest misconceptions about carrots is that they are high in sugar. If you look at a nutrition fact label of carrots, you will see they contain a small amount of sugar. The nutrition fact label on the left is for 1 large raw carrot 7” long. As you can see, there is only 3.4 grams of sugar.
Now, lets compare the nutrition fact label of the large carrot to the label on 1 slice of whole grain 100% whole wheat bread seen below. Wheat bread contains 15 grams of sugar. The wheat bread has over 4 times as much sugar as 1 large raw carrot.
Carrots are also very low in vitamin k! This is a huge plus for individuals on blood thinners.
How much Vitamin A is found in K Free Daily Multivitamin?
K Free Daily contains 2000 IU (50% Beta Carotene)
K Free Daily has vitamin A in it because vitamin A plays an important role in eyesight, supports the immune system, assists in bone growth, contributes to cell division, and aids in cell differentiation. Vitamin A also promotes the healthy surface lining of the eyes, skin, respiratory tract, urinary tract, intestinal tract and other mucous membranes which function as a barrier to bacteria and viruses
Featured Carrot Recipe
Like French Fries? Try Carrot Fries Instead!! Lower in calories and a great source of vitamins and minerals!
- 1 pound of carrots
- cooking spray
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Peel the carrots and cut them into strips about ¼ inch thick and a few inches long.
- Coat a baking pan with cooking spray and spread the carrots onto it. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake 15 minutes. Flip them over and coat them with a bit more cooking spray, salt and pepper and bake another 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
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