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Carrots vs. Baby Carrots

Choosing the most antioxidant-packed carrots, onions, and lettuce.

September 26, 2008 |
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Carrots, or the same weight in baby carrots? Does the smaller is better rule for grapes work with carrots? How many say regular carrots are healthier? How many say baby carrots??? Sorry. Regular carrots are actually smaller. “Baby” carrots are just mechanically whittled from monster carrots.

 

Let’s try a three-way. Which is healthier—iceberg lettuce, Boston lettuce, or red leaf lettuce? Hmm… How many say iceberg??? How many say green leaf lettuce??? How many say red leaf? ?? And the winner is red leaf. Those who said green leaf please sit down and those who said iceberg definitely sit down.

 

Which is healthier—red onions, white onions, or yellow onions? How many say red??? How many say white??? And how many say yellow??? Anyone voting white or yellow, please… sit down. Look at this! I don’t want to see anyone ever buying white onions ever again. If you have a choice, always buy red—off the charts in terms of phytonutrient flavenol content.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on phytonutrients. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!

For some context, please check out my associated blog post: The Best Foods: test your nutrition knowledge

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on phytonutrients. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please check out my associated blog post The Best Foods: Test Your Nutrition Knowledge!

  • http://www.facebook.com/timmeh.green Timothy Green

    Today I learned that RED leaf lettuce has the most antioxidants, IdaRED apples have the most amongst apples, and RED onions are the best amongst onions.  Is there a connection?  Are red bell peppers better than green/orange/yellow? cayenne?

  • tavit

    yeah! I love red onion

    • Toxins

      Its my favorite onion variety vegetable as well!

  • lovestobevegan

    We now know red onions have more antioxidants than yellow or white onions. Yet some red onions are mild and have fewer antioxidants compared to the “hot” red onions. The mild onions can be recognized by their wide and flat shape. The red onions highest in antioxidants are those which are round or oblong. These so-called hot varieties are the ones that bring tears to your eyes. You can tell you’ve made a nutritionally sound decision when you are struggling to see through a veil of tears.

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    – 6 cups water/homemade vegetable broth
    – 1 large butternut squash, cubed
    – 1 cup uncooked lentils
    – 3 cloves garlic, minced
    – 1 yellow onion, chopped
    – 1 red onion, chopped
    – 2-3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
    – ¼ tsp white pepper
    – Sea salt

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