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Why you Should Rethink Calling Them "Higher Sugar" Veggies

Let’s be clear, carrots are classified as a non-starchy veggie, meaning they’re low in sugar. So many clients ask me if they should be avoiding them. The answer is no.

Carrots, contain beta carotene which is converted to vitamin A. Although vitamin A can be toxic (so avoid large supplemental doses), beta carotene from food is not.

Beta carotene helps support skin health and improve immune & reproductive function.

Your body is able to absorb more beta carotene from cooked sources and when it's paired with a healthy fat (oil, avocado, nuts or seeds, or fatty fish like salmon, sardines, or mackerel).

Other foods that contain beta carotene: butternut squash, kabocha squash, sweet potatoes, spinach and kale.

Simple Carrot Side Dish Recipe:

Toss carrots in bowl with sea salt, cumin, and cinnamon.

Air fry for 8 mins on 400 or roast in oven for about 20-25 mins on 375 F.

Drizzle balsamic reduction and sprinkle with blueberries.

Aim to include a source of beta-carotene 5-7 times a week!

  1. Add 1/2 cup pumpkin or butternut squash to oatmeal in the am

  2. Toss kale or spinach into an omelet

  3. Microwave a sweet potato and count it as a starch on your plate


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