Carrots are associated with weight loss particularly because they represent a healthier alternative to sugary processed snacks you might otherwise eat during the day. The rise in popularity of those baby carrots you see in the supermarkets make carrots a convenient healthy snack whenever you are having sugar craving or just simply need something to munch on from time to time.
Because carrots are a great source of a wide variety of nutrients, they also can help to curb your appetite in between meals. If you are eating the whole carrots the additional fiber also can contribute to the feeling of fullness to help you from overeating.
Carrot Juice and Calories?
Carrot juice can be considered a “relatively” low calorie juice because it only has between 80-90 calories per 8 oz serving. Carrot juice rates on the glycemic index around 86 which places carrot juice in the medium range of foods in terms of the sugar response generated when consumed. The serving size of carrot juice is generally recommended around 8 oz, which contains about 12g of sugar. 1
If you have concerns related to blood sugar levels, you may wish to juice carrots with other green vegetables such as spinach, celery, cucumber, or broccoli. You can also add water to 4 oz of carrot juice to reduce the sugar impact.
Carrot juice, like any juice should be consumed in moderation. However, if you have a sweet tooth, carrot juice is a great healthy juice alternative to higher sugar, higher calorie fruit juices. Carrot juice mixes well with other vegetables making them more palatable than if you were to say just juice spinach.
Carrot Juice Delivers Powerful Nutrients
One of the main benefits to carrot juice and it’s potential role in weight loss could be that the juicing process helps deliver a high level of nutrients and antioxidants. Because juicing breaks down the cellulose fibrous walls of the raw carrots, releasing the nutrients, this allows the nutrients to be more bio-available. Overall, when you are consuming nutrient dense foods your body will just operate better, including your weight control efforts.
Try drinking a small glass of carrot juice before a meal so you can start to feel full faster and consume a smaller meal. The enzymes from the freshly juiced carrot juice may also help with your overall digestive system which has benefits that go much further than just digestion and weight control.
Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A, as well as a good source of the other vitamins such as vitamin C, B vitamins, Vitamin E and has a wide range of minerals including calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur, and iron. The best-known phytonutrient in carrots is of course beta-carotene, a plant pigment that puts the orange color in carrots. 2
For some great carrot juicer recipes and how you can combine carrots with other complimentary vegetables to reduce the sugar content and boost the nutrients visit our page: Carrot Juice Recipes
If you would like to learn more about the difference between eating raw whole carrots versus fresh carrot juice visit our article: Is Carrot Juice Better Than Whole Carrots