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I recently have been eating baby carrots as a snack in the afternoon. Normally with fat free ranch. I thought that i was doing a good thing... but then I read that baby carrots are high glycemic foods .... and starchy.

I'm not necessarily doing a low carb diet.. but I do want to loose weight and I want to make sure that this is not sabatoging my efforts.

I mean they're veggies....are they really bad for you ?!

Wed. Feb 13, 11:30am

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Common sense, babe - CARROTS ARE AWESOME.
I hate when diets turn perfectly healthy, natural foods like carrots, bananas and potatoes into the red-headed stepchildren of the produce world.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 12:50 PM

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carrots have benefits, but you're right, they are starchy.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 12:53 PM

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If you are going to eat something high glycemic, carrots are probably at the top of the list. Raw carrot are safer than cooked. The general rule of thumb here is to balance it out with a source of good fat and protein so the sugar does not spike. So I usually munch on carrots with some raw almonds.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 3:11 PM

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Op here- I'm eating the raw ones. Not cooked. But I never would have thought that they were high glycemic.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 3:48 PM

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Like someone else mentioned, if you have them with a protein or fat (like a good mayo/sourcream based dip- YUM) it's not likely to spike your sugar.

However, if you are at all insulin resistant, than I'd make sure you eat them with dip despite the cals, or at least have other veggies like celery with them.

Carrots aren't bad for everyone, but they're not ideal for those of us who are insulin resistant.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 10:17 PM

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Celery ahh yes. A wonderful healthy alternative that your body spends more calories digesting it than the actual food itself. Fiber is good.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 10:41 AM

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Carrots have a high glycemic index BUT you have to eat them in huge quantities to spike your blood sugar. Don't worry at all about a normal quantity (a handful instead of a bushel). This chemical breakdown nutrition business masquerading as "the good food gospel" is over the top.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 11:08 AM

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By the way, carrots are more nutritious cooked - heating "activates" the betacarotene. I'm not sure how they're best cooked though...vaguely remember something about the microwave being best for carrots, but I can't swear by it.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 4:08 PM

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