Carrots are inexpensive. Most weeks I can pick up a pound of carrots for around a dollar, and they are the organic ones too. A serving size is a half cup of cooked carrots. Each bag that I buy contains right around five servings, so that’s $.20 per serving. What a bargain.

Carrots are low in calories. One serving of carrots is only 30 calories. Of course what you choose to top them with or dip them in will increase that.

Carrots are good for you. They contain beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants battle free radicals, which cause cancer and contribute to a host of diseases. One serving of carrots provides over 100% of your RDA of vitamin A and 10 percent of vitamin C too.

Cooking makes the nutrients in carrots more available for your body to use, but you still get some benefits from raw carrots. Adding a source of fat, such as butter or olive oil also helps your body absorb the nutrients, so don’t be afraid of a little fat.

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