How Many Calories Are in One Baby Carrot?

Girl (13-15) holding bowl of peeled baby carrots, close-up
Skip the dip to keep your snack healthy. (Image: Jenny Acheson/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The crunch of baby carrots is so satisfying, you just might be able to swap potato chips for nature's sweet orange gems. Not only are baby carrots a low-calorie snack, they are also packed with nutrients including folate, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A. You can enjoy just one carrot or a whole bag without a bit of guilt.

Calories

The USDA National Nutrient Database gives two calorie values based on the size of the baby carrot. A large baby carrot -- weighing roughly 15 grams -- has 5 calories, while a medium carrot, 10 grams, has 4 calories.

Considerations

Served plain, baby carrots are an excellent, low-calorie snack. If you start dipping your carrots in dressing, however, the calorie count increases significantly. A single tablespoon of ranch dressing has a whopping 63 calories. If you're craving creamy, try mixing plain, low-fat yogurt with seasonings for a healthy dip replacement.

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