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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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katie225 katie225 10 years
baby carrots make eating carrots just a little bit easier, you know? it's so easy to just stick them in a baggy and take them with you. i'll pay for the convenience, thank you, especially since they're the same nutritionally as regular carrots (since they ARE regular carrots!). i'm usually not a fan of "convenience food" because they're not healthy and have a ton of unnatural ingredients (high fructose corn syrup anyone?), but this i can get behind! now, if i could only find a healthy ranch dressing without the weird ingredients...
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 10 years
I love baby carrots. In fact, it's just about the only way I'll eat carrots (unless they're chopped or sliced and put into something else). Mine don't usually get slimy; they often dry out. (We buy small bags so the kids can snack on them.)
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
My dogs love to crunch them into bits and leave them all over the carpet, so they don't get them too often.
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 10 years
I heard that baby carrots were slightly cooked first. Is that true?
yamahamama yamahamama 10 years
My gf doesn't like "baby carrots". She makes sure I buy the "infant' ones! Ha. They really are young carrots & more tender & sweet than the baby ones. We call the less desirable ones "toddler carrots". I don't like any carrots, but I force myself to eat the infant ones for a snack.
cubadog cubadog 10 years
My dog loves carrots, sweet potatos, broccoli, bananas, and apples.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
I, too, hate that wet slime. If it's bad, I'll take them out of the original bag, rinse them, and then drain them on a paper towel before re-packaging them in a different plastic bag.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I'm with bluejeanie, who cares if they are baby or baby cut. They taste good, and they are healthy for you. As a bonus, if they are baby cut, then we aren't just wasting food because the regular carrots are misshapen. P.S. I do hate that slime that they get. I didn't know it was a mold, though. That's gross.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
lol, your DOGS like baby carrots? so silly! oh well, my childhood cat loved pizza, french fries and corn on the cob. it doesn't matter to me if the carrots are baby or baby-cut. they still taste good.
rkdub rkdub 10 years
Ok, so, I know this sounds weird.... but my dogs LOVE baby carrots.... they sit in front of the refrigerator waiting for my boyfriend or I to open the all revered bottom veggie drawer.... we buy two bags of carrots a week!!! One for me, one for the puppies!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
my husband, have to love him, wouldn't eat them our first year together because of that scam. So, I kept snacking away on them in front of him and he caved to the pressure of having to peel and cut his own LOL! :D
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
Seemed sort of obvious to me.
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