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  • Do You Avoid Carrots?

    Someone on my blog told me that a lot of primal/paleo people avoid carrots because they are high on the GI. Well, I just looked that up and discovered they are low on the GI. The GL is very low at 3 for one carrot.

    They are low in sugar, low carb, and have tons of Vitamin A. I LOVE them raw as a snack or as a "dessert" after my meal. It cleans my teeth well (I still brush) and seems like an ideal veggie.

    Thoughts, anyone?
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  • #2
    I love carrots as well. Raw with dip along with cucumbers and brocolli!
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    • #3
      I dont seek them out but I dont aviod them either. Same with beets and yams.
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      • #4
        I used to go through a 5 lb bag every other week. I've been concerned lately with the GI, the carb content, and the sugars. Also, I just had dental braces put on, so eating raw carrots (that's how I like them) is hard on my bottom wire. I've done an experiment where I've eliminated the carrots as well as all fruit, and I've lost 18 lbs (though much of that can also be attributed to giving up whole grains). I get my vitamin A from leafy greens like kale, collard greens, and bok choy. I'm happy with the results, but I wouldn't hesitate to get a carrot here and there, because I still like the taste.

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        • #5
          Love carrots! I'm like Bugs F***in Bunny man! WAT??????
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          • #6
            I actually got to the point where my hands turned orange. I would have like a pound a day. They're so sweet and crispy! They feel like coconuts to me. However, when I went primal... I cut back quite a bit. Now I don't buy them, or else i'll buy one to thinly slice onto my salad, but last time I met up with my dear mom she gave me a bag of baby carrots. They're awesome.. and not yet gone! How's that for willpower?

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            Last edited by ikaika; 06-02-2010, 02:18 PM.
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            • #7
              I eat a carrot every day or three. No biggie if you're keeping carbs low in the ways that are big (grains, excessive fruit, potatoes, etc).
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              • #8
                Love carrots. I'll eat them in my salads and steam them occasionally for a side dish at dinner. The problem about sites like this is you'll have individulas who heard how bad somehting is and just take their word for it. A lot of people don't understand the concept of doing the research yourself and seeing if it's based in reality or not. I think thats how CW got started.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ikaika View Post
                  I actually got to the point where my hands turned orange. I would have like a pound a day. They're so sweet and crispy! They feel like coconuts to me. However, when I went primal... I cut back quite a bit. Now I don't buy them, or else i'll buy one to thinly slice onto my salad, but last time I met up with my dear mom she gave me a bag of baby carrots. They're awesome.. and not yet gone! How's that for willpower?

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                  +1

                  For a few weeks of my life i would actually go through a 5 lb bag a week. I turned orange as well and when I went for a routine physical, the doctor asked me if I realized i was orange. She told me to stop eating carrots. They are just so good.
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                  • #10
                    Wouldn't recommend a pound a day, but seriously...they're carrots. Eat em if you want.

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                    • #11
                      HAHAHA! I remember lamenting about my 'addiction' in front of a close friend... she's definately a Convential Wisdom 'I wanna lose weight' kind of person... and i stopped and saw her glaring at me. She murmured a "F*ck you" I think to most of my friends I'm 'superfit' (pleeeeeease) and complaining about eating "waaay too many carrots" came across as a little... uh... i dunno, mocking(??) when their problems involve limiting themselves to ONE large baja blast at Taco Bell and 100-calorie-pack brownies... *cough*

                      Anyhow, when I have a 'really bad (primal) day' to me, like too much almond butter or a little high with the blackberries, I remind myself of times like that-- take a step back, that is, and evaluate your nutritional position in the universe!

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                      Last edited by ikaika; 06-02-2010, 08:04 PM.
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                      • #12
                        I'm really relieved to find out I'm not the only one who has turned orange. Whew!

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                        • #13
                          I use nutritiondata.com to check nutrients, I hope it's a reasonably accurate source.

                          I eat carrots most days - only 6g of carbs for half a cup cooked, and GI of 1 according to ND, plus I eat them in context of a high-fat, high protein main meal; sometimes raw with dip. Plenty of room for carrots in my maintenance diet 100g-odd carbs a day; I don't see why I'd drop them. Might be different for someone doing VLC for weight loss or performance.

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                          • #14
                            I eat carrots almost every day in small portions, a BAS isn't a BAS without a few carrots in it
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                            • #15
                              I eat a whole carrot (cooked; steamed) everyday! I love carrots, expecially when you cooked them! So SWEET! LOL! As far as the GI goes, yes, cooked carrots does have a higher GI than raw carrots, however, the GI does go lower if one eats it with some fat or protein. I eat mine with a tablespoon of coconut oil! Hail to coconut oil!

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