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How Many Calories Does it Take to Digest a Carrot?

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Sara Clement has been a writer, editor and social-media expert since 2002. A regular contributor for publications such as "Exhale," "Reflections of a Butterfly" and "The Giggle Guide," she is currently writing a book about grief and loss and coauthoring a sequel to "Being Ourself." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in premedical science and psychology/education from the University of Montana.
How Many Calories Does it Take to Digest a Carrot?
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When searching for a food low in calories and high in nutrition, the humble carrot gets high marks. Carrots can be prepared in a variety of ways which can vary the actual calories burned in digestion. Consult with your doctor before starting any diet.

Calories

The purest way to consume a carrot for maximum nutritional benefit and caloric burn during digestion is to eat it raw. Consuming raw carrots ensures that more energy will be used for chewing and digestion. One cup of chopped raw carrots contains approximately 52 calories; the body uses 65 calories during the digestion of this amount of raw carrot.

Considerations

Carrots are a significant source of fiber, potassium, thiamine and vitamin A, but they get their sweet taste from an abundance of natural sugars. Because this root vegetable is relatively high in sugar, it is not considered the best choice for those watching their glycemic index levels or carbohydrate intake.

Fun Fact

Author and physician Neal Barnard, M.D believes that adding metabolically demanding foods, such as carrots, to a weight loss regime may help increase metabolism promoting weight loss when combined with nutritionally balanced "negative calorie" menus and exercise.

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