Ask the Diva: Are Carrot Greens Good For You?

Nutrition Diva explains why carrot greens are traditionally discarded.

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

Q. I'm growing carrots and the tops are a lovely, dark green. I can’t find any nutritional analysis for that part of the carrot that most people throw away. Can we eat them?

A. Actually, there’s a reason that carrot greens are traditionally discarded. As nutritious as they may look, they contain an alkaloid that, if consumed in sufficient quantities, could make you sick to your stomach.  The alkaloids also impart an unpleasant bitter taste—perhaps that’s nature’s way of discouraging us from eating them.  Although you’d probably get away with munching a few carrot greens now and then, they’re really best in the compost bin and not the salad bowl.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.