Carrots are great dietary sources of fiber. Just a large carrot contains about 2 g of fiber, or 7% of the recommended daily intake!
What’s the recommended daily intake?
Most people need about 28 grams of dietary fiber per day. Try to consume at least 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories.
Consuming at least 28 g of fiber a day has many health benefits. For instance, fiber can help you lower your LDL-cholesterol and lose weight.
How much fiber is in carrots?
Raw carrot contains about 2.8 g of fiber per 100g. This dose is 10% of the Daily Value (DV).
The fiber content of a carrot depends on its size:
- baby carrot (10 g) has 0.28 g of fiber,
- small carrot (5-1/2″, or 50 g) has 1.4 g of fiber,
- medium carrot (61 g) has 1.7 g of fiber,
- large carrot (7-1/4″ or more, or 70 g) has 2 g of fiber,
- 1 cup of chopped carrots (130 g) has 3.6 g of fiber.
So, just two carrots can provide more than 14% of the recommended daily intake of fiber.
On the other hand, carrot juice contains negligible amounts of fiber. An 8 fl oz glass of carrot juice has only 1.9 g of fiber. Most vegetable and fruit juices contain negligible amounts of fiber.
Eat legumes, beans, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds to boost your daily fiber intake. These are the richest foods in fiber. Even common foods like rice, spinach, broccoli, bananas, or avocados are excellent dietary sources of fiber.
Carrots contain more than fiber!
Above all, carrots are among the richest foods in vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for good vision, normal growth and reproduction. Other good dietary sources of vitamin A are squash, carrots, pumpkins, collards, beet greens, and even papaya.