Carrots and beets do contain more sugar than many vegetables, but less than most fruits. One carrot, 7 inches long, contains 5 grams of sugar, while 1 medium beet contains 6 grams of sugar. By comparison, one banana contains 19 grams of sugar and a large apple contains 25 grams of sugar. All fruits and vegetables contain fiber as well as many other nutrients, so sugar in this form is healthy.
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