One medium carrot has about 6 grams of carbohydrates. One-half cup of baby carrots -- the amount the American Diabetes Association suggests for a midday snack -- also contains about 6 grams of carbs. Because carrots have so much fiber, they affect metabolism differently than other carbs.
Do These Carbs Count?
Carbohydrates are classified into three categories: starch, sugar or fiber. Fiber comes from the indigestible part of plant foods -- especially fruits and vegetables with edible skins and seeds. Between 2 and 3 grams of the carb content in a serving of carrots is fiber. Because the fiber content is so high, the sugar content reaches your bloodstream much more slowly than simple sugars do, meaning you're unlikely to get a sugar rush and an insulin spike from carrots.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Nutrition for Everyone: What Counts as a Cup?
- American Diabetes Association: Non-Starchy Vegetables
- Healthaliciousness: Nutrition Facts Comparison Tool
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Household Fact Sheet: Nutrition Facts Carrots
- Nutrition Value: Carrots, Raw, Baby
- American Diabetes Association: Food and Fitness - What Can I Eat? Carbohydrates
- Cleveland Clinic: Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar Control for People With Diabetes