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March 5, 2012 1:30 PM
Hey everyone... I have been trying to do some research on the internet about carrots and have read that having too many is not a good thing. However, they don't tell you how many is too many. I have recently started juicing and am not sure how many carrots I should be allowed without overdoing it. I can easily put 2 carrots in anything I juice for an easy 6 carrots a day. Is this too much?
March 5, 2012 1:33 PM
Vitamin A is one vitamin you don't want to get too much of.....Google "Vitamin A overdose" or "Vitamin A maximum" then figure out just exactly how much you are getting. Too much of anything isn't good, but I know Vit A is one to be careful with.
  5978
March 5, 2012 1:38 PM
You would need 3000micrograms(μg) per day to overdose on Vitamin A. 100g carrots contain appoximately 835 μg. You'd need to eat a lot of carrots to get 3000μg.
  8198610
March 5, 2012 1:49 PM
Based on all the information I've read, I don't believe you can over-do it unless you have diabetes--carrot juice is very sweet. It's my understanding that there is no such thing as a toxic dose of carrot juice. While it is true that it is possible to 'overdose' on vitamin A, it is impossible to overdose on pro-vitamin A--the precursor to vitamin A that is found in abundance in carrot juice.

I have a friend who drinks 64 oz of carrot juice a day as part of an active vegan lifestyle. Funny thing was no one cared when he drank 8-12 cans of diet coke a day, but heaven forbid he drink carrot juice 8 times a day. I am currently trying to juice carrots in the morning and drink 8 oz at a time over the course of my morning. He told me that you should drink 8 oz/hour at a time. Something to do with absorbing the nutrients most effectively.

Good luck with whatever you decide!
March 5, 2012 2:00 PM
I have heard how too much of anything is a good thing... But it's amazing how people really think that about when it comes to getting in their fruits and veggies. I'm not obsessive with it, I just want to get what I need... I think it's funny on what you said about your friends Diet Coke drinking and nobody said anything. Lol. I'm juicing several fruits and veggies at one time and 2 carrots is apart of it each time. Thank you and good luck with yours as well.

Thank you all for your input. =) I appreciate the feedback.
March 5, 2012 2:07 PM
I knew of someone once who suffered from Cancer and heard that carrots had great cancer fighting properties.

He started munching on them almost constantly and his skin turned orange!

True story.
  16102022
March 5, 2012 2:14 PM
Natural: good
Chemically modified crap: bad
  17121359
March 5, 2012 2:14 PM
QUOTE:

Vitamin A is one vitamin you don't want to get too much of.....Google "Vitamin A overdose" or "Vitamin A maximum" then figure out just exactly how much you are getting. Too much of anything isn't good, but I know Vit A is one to be careful with.


I think that is only true for vitamin supplements. Naturally occurring vitamin A is good for you and while it may be possible to overdose, it would be very hard. You could eat a whole bag of carrots and it wouldn't hurt you. One cup of cooked greens such as kale and collards can contain several times the minimum RDA of vitamin A but they are one of the healthiest foods you can eat.

Also, carrots do not contain much sugar. They have a high glycemic index because the sugar in them is absorbed quickly, but the glycemic load is low because there is so little of the sugar.

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