I always thought carrots were good for me. So, why does my low-carb diet limit how many I can eat?
Carrots ARE good for you. They are rich in beta-carotene which is a potent antioxidant that can help prevent both heart disease and certain forms of cancer. This is just one reason why most health associations advise against low-carbohydrate diets. They restrict the very foods that have been consistently proven to help prevent disease. I'd give up the diet and stick with a more sensible eating style that includes lots of fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes and nuts, and of course daily physical activity.
Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D.,
Nutritional Sciences Specialist, University of Missouri
Last update: Friday, February 06, 2009