Are regular carrots healthier than baby carrots?
Asked by shughes54 on Sep 09, 2008 in Nutrition

I know how important it is to eat carrots, but I read somewhere that the baby carrots sold in the supermarket do not have any, or as much, nutrition as the regular long carrots. Is that true?


Regular carrots are a tiny bit healthier because the skin is intact - but that's not to say that baby carrots are unhealthy! The best carrots are those that are whole, unpared, scrubbed, and raw or lightly steamed. Cooking is a good thing because it breaks down fibers to make beta-carotene easier to absorb. Heavy peeling can rob some of the nutrients that are stored right below the skin. Packaged baby carrots come from oddly-shaped carrots that are cut and peeled by a machine. All peeled carrots, whether whole raw carrots or baby carrots, are nutritionally alike. Both have provitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber, and potassium. Eat carrots often for your health. 

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