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Aww, Look at the Cute Baby Carrots

Baby carrots — they're a cute idea. Who could pass up a baby anything? But are they really baby carrots? Are they as healthy as "grown-up" carrots?

I hate to break it to you, but those ready-to-eat baby carrots are a bit of a scam. Fifteen years ago, the carrot industry was looking for a way to get people excited about carrots. They’re simply fully grown carrots, cut into 2-inch sections and peeled — by a machine that grates off their outer layer and rounds the ends. They were initially created as a way to salvage misshapen and broken carrots so they wouldn’t have to be thrown out.

Some companies call them "baby cut" or "mini" carrots to distinguish them from actual baby carrots that are also sold. Those baby cut carrots are just as healthy because they are essentially regular-sized carrots that are just cut into smaller pieces.

Fit's Tips: To keep your baby cut carrots from getting that all too familiar slimy mold, buy them in smaller bags.

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