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Old 09-19-2009, 01:47 PM   #1
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Carrots

Are carrots paleo acceptable foods? I don't eat cooked carrots because they have a large GI, but raw carrots seem to be pretty low. According to nutritiondata.com they also contain a large number of vitamins and minerals. Is it beneficial to include raw carrots in my diet for the health benefits?
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:20 PM   #2
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Re: Carrots

I've never heard of any variation of paleo that excludes carrots. They're tasty and edible raw. I say go for it, unless they cause you some specific problem.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:27 PM   #3
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Re: Carrots

Cooked carrots might be high GI but they are low GL, which is significant.
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Old 09-19-2009, 03:21 PM   #4
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Re: Carrots

http://www.byersgetsdiesel.com/2009/...crazytown.html

Mostly WFS, but the blog itself has some language... but is always worth a read anyway!
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:31 AM   #5
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Re: Carrots

I think I have to agree with Melissa Byers on this one.

That was always one of the sticking points I had years ago with the whole Atkins Diet. How in the name of common sense can foods like carrots, tomatoes, apples, etc....need to be excluded?

I don't eat cooked carrots often because of the mushy/slimy texture. But I think they are just fantastic raw.
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Re: Carrots

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I think I have to agree with Melissa Byers on this one.

That was always one of the sticking points I had years ago with the whole Atkins Diet. How in the name of common sense can foods like carrots, tomatoes, apples, etc....need to be excluded?

I don't eat cooked carrots often because of the mushy/slimy texture. But I think they are just fantastic raw.
If your carrots are mushy and slimy you must be seriously overcooking them. Try stir-frying or steaming them for no more than 3-4 minutes so they've still got a little bite to them and you'll bring out their natural sweetness without them turning slimy.

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:18 AM   #7
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Re: Carrots

I don't make many dishes with cooked carrots, but when we do it is as you are suggesting. My wife also shreds them in to any ground turkey or hamburger.

I should have been more clear. I shy away from carrots cooked in the hospital cafeteria.
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:01 AM   #8
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Re: Carrots

Although they may not be strictly Paleo, like bananas, potatoes, or any of the other fruits/vegetables listed...Honestly, who cares...if you are following Paleo as "meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils, etc" that is what is important..not the types of fruits/veggies...Variation is great even if not strictly Paleo...I find people get to hung up on whether certain veggies and fruits are Paleo...if you call it a fruit/veggie...Enjoy it..

I follow the following, "if it had parents or doesn't have a bar code, eat it!!!"

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Old 09-21-2009, 07:09 AM   #9
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Re: Carrots

Carrots may be high GI but you'd have to eat a massive amount of them to have any significant impact. Those charts with GI ratings are skewed, candy bars and icecream have lower GIs than carrots, but which do you think is healthier? The charts account for a set number of carbs (100g lets say) and base absorption off of that. It's easy to eat 100g of icecream or a snickers in one sitting, but who is going to sit down and eat 500g of carrots at once?
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:06 AM   #10
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Re: Carrots

Glycemic Index of a food is all but useless in the context of a meal. Eating a white potato with steack/chicken and vegetables slashes the GI to well below anything that will "spike" blood sugar, unless you're sick of course.

The fact that someone would stay away from carrots due to an assigned number based on eating it alone on an empty stomach in fear of a spike is ridiculous and I would say borders on paranoia.
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