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In our vegetable section, we pointed out that carrots have sugar.  This prompted some angry emails, accusing us of scaring people away from eating their veggies. Here, we offer a bit of perspective, comparing the sugar you get from eating carrots vs. some popular sugary foods and drinks. Note: Our calculations for this section are based on USDA nutritional data for raw carrots, where 100g carrots contains 4.7g sugar. Some numbers are rounded off.


You'd have to eat about 3 pounds of carrots to equal the sugars in one bottle of Coca-Cola.

 Coca-Cola
 20 oz. bottle
 Sugars, total:		65g
 Equivalent amount of carrots:		1.383kg 
 Or approximately	3 lbs
 
 


Break me off a piece of that... bushel of carrots
 Snickers Bar
King Size, 93.3g Sugars, total: 54g Equivalent amount of carrots: 1.149kg Or approximately 2 lbs., 8 oz.


Might be hard to fit that many carrots in a lunch bag...

 Twinkies
 Two Cakes, 85g 
 Sugars, total:		35g
 Equivalent amount of carrots:		745g 
 Or approximately	1 lb, 10 oz.
 


A bunch of carrots - the breakfast of champions.


 
 Cherry Pop Tart
 1 Pastry (1 Serving, 52g)

 Sugars, total:		17g
 Equivalent amount of carrots:		362g 
 Or approximately	12.75 oz.
 



A bit of an apples and oranges comparison, to be sure, but people don't realize the sugar content of fruit juice.
 Orange Juice
 8 oz. Serving
 Sugars, total:		24g
 Equivalent amount of carrots:		511g 
 Or approximately	1 lb, 2 oz.


If Ben & Jerry's has a carrot cake flavor, that doesn't count..
 Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch 

 1/2 cup (104g) serving
 Sugars, total:		26g
 Equivalent amount of carrots:		553g 
 Or approximately	1 lb, 4 oz.


Four carrots or three cookies - your call.

 Oreo Cookies
 1 serving, 3 cookies (35g) 
 Sugars, total:		14g
 Equivalent amount of carrots:		298g 
 Or approximately	10.5 oz.
 


Of course, the carrots don't have the guarana and caffeine.

 Rockstar Energy Drink
 16 oz. can (2 servings)
 Sugars, total:		62g
 Equivalent amount of carrots:		1.319kg 
 Or approximately	3 lbs
 


Hard to compete with candy-coated candy that's all the colors of the rainbow...

 Skittles
 1 bag (2.6 oz.)
 Sugars, total:		47g
 Equivalent amount of carrots:		1kg 
 Or approximately	2 lbs., 3 oz.
 

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