As a kid or as a teen, you might have avoided eating your veggies, but as an adult, if you haven't started eating vegetables -- it's definitely time to start. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends increasing your vegetable intake to improve your health and to lessen your risk of illness. A healthy approach is to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Even if you're not the most adventurous eater, it's difficult to argue with the mild, sweet taste of carrots and lettuce.
A Source of Carbs and Fiber
Many types of foods, including fruits, vegetables and grains, contain carbohydrates. Your body converts the carbs you consume into energy. A 1-cup serving of raw, chopped carrots has 12.3 grams of carbs, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. When you boil a 1-cup serving of raw, chopped carrots, the carb count is 12.8 grams. Lettuce isn't as high in carbohydrates. One cup of shredded iceberg lettuce has 2.1 grams of carbs, while a cup of shredded romaine has 1.6 grams of carbs. Carrots and lettuce are also a source of fiber. One cup of raw carrots provides 4.7 grams of total fiber, while 1 cup of either type of lettuce has about 1 gram of fiber.
- Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Carbohydrates
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Carrots, Raw
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Carrots, Cooked, Boiled, Drained, Without Salt
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Lettuce, Iceberg (Includes Crisphead Types), Raw
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Lettuce, Cos or Romaine, Raw
- ChooseMyPlate.gov: What Foods Are in the Vegetable Group?