As a root vegetable, carrots consist of a fair amount of carbohydrates (about 7%) and much less protein and fat, although they do contain a little of those macronutrients as well.
Paleo and Eating Nutrient Dense Foods
As always though, there’s more to the story. What gives carrots their characteristic orange color is B-carotene, which our bodies convert into vitamin A. Carrots also contain significant amounts of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium, so just because these roots come with a little sugar, is no reason to exclude them from your diet.
Food As Medicine
Long before Western civilization learned to come up with a pill for everything, ancient cultures used certain foods to treat all sorts of maladies. Carrots, for example, have traditionally been used to treat digestive problems, including intestinal parasites, tonsillitis, or constipation.
The health benefits don’t have to stop at the root, though. Mark Sisson recommends eating the tops of carrots.