Get the most out of your carrots.
Do you know how?
The tips offered in this quiz might surprise you.
You get more beta-carotene from raw carrots than cooked carrots. T/F?
FALSE. Cooked carrots provide about 20% more beta-carotene than raw carrots. PLUS, adding some fat to your cooking helps your body to absorb the beta-carotene too! So go ahead and add a splash of canola oil to your pan or dressing.
Carrots keep fresher, longer when stored with the greens still attached. T/F?
FALSE. For crisper carrots, remove the green tops, then store your carrots. The greens may look pretty but they suck the moisture out the carrots leaving you with wilted carrots.
There’s no need to peel carrots. T/F?
TRUE. Because most of the nutrients are just below the skin, rinse and scrub carrots with a vegetable brush. And of course, cut off any bruised or damaged bits.
Baby carrots come from full-grown carrots that have been peeled and shaped. T/F?
TRUE. And because they have been peeled, baby carrots are slightly less nutritious than regular carrots but still very good choices.
Carrots will keep for 3 weeks when stored in the crisper, unwashed in a plastic bag. T/F?
TRUE: To reduce food waste, use up perishable vegetables like leafy greens early in the week and the longer lasting carrots, later in the week. Carrots are one of the best healthy buys in grocery store.
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