Baby Carrots are a big hit across the county, they’re cute, need no preparation, are easy to throw in a stew or snack bag, but they have a dark side. It’s not that you shouldn’t eat them, if you are eating them at the office or on a road trip instead of a candy bar you’re in great shape. However, if you’ve stopped using whole carrots because baby carrots are easier, you’ve dropped the phytonutrients you are getting by 1/3rd.
That’s because plants store the majority of those nutrients right at or just below the skin level as their first line of defense against insects, fungus and disease. So if you want to get all the nutrients and all the value from your carrots get yourself a little scrub brush and use that instead of the peeler. It’s faster than the peeler and you’ll be giving yourself a significant nutrient boost!