Have you ever wondered how many carrots do rabbits actually eat? Preferably none is the unlikely truth. After you read these interesting facts about the carrot, you will not look at them the same way anymore. At least if you are like us here at Woodz, where we are nibbling on them as we write the story.
In reality, rabbits do not eat carrots in the wild and should restrain from them even as pets.
Bugs Bunny – the Only Carrot Eating Rabbit
Usually, the first assumption when somebody mentions carrots is rabbits. We can blame the Warner brothers for that. Their notorious character Bugs Bunny always found time to gobble on a juicy carrot, even when he was hunted by the clumsy bald hunter Elmer Fudd. But in reality, rabbits do not eat carrots in the wild and should restrain from them even as pets. In fact, bunnies do not eat any root vegetables in the wild, so carrots are like candy for them. In conclusion, the only rabbit in the world that has to eat carrots is Bugs, while all the other bunnies should leave eating the orange vegetable to a species that benefits from it – humans.
The Protectors of the Human Body
Contrary to rabbits, the human body absolutely cherishes carrots. Their main ingredient is carotene, which we transform into Vitamin A. Carrots also provide a whole pallet of other essential vitamins, B1, B2, C, D and E which are antioxidants that reduce free radicals cell damage and heal and nourish the skin. Furthermore, carrots are rich in Potassium and contain magnesium, vitamin B6, folic acid, thiamine, and cholesterol reducing calcium pectate. Carrots also have small amounts of carbohydrates, essential oils, iron, copper, phosphorus and sulphur.
In the end, we can’t forget the ever lasting grandmother advice, that carrots also improve your eyesight.
The most nutritional way to eat carrots is by cooking or juicing them. This way we break down the rather tough cellular walls, and if we add some fats, the body is able to absorb over half the beta-carotene. Carrot juice is also a very healthy choice, as it builds natural immunity against colds, flu, germs, and other infections. In the end, we can’t forget the ever lasting grandmother advice, that carrots also improve your eyesight.
The Angry Carrot Farmer
The mother’s way to make a child eat carrots are baby-cut carrots. You should not mix them with baby carrots, where farmers simply harvest the immature roots. They claim, that these carrots are sweeter and more tender than their fully grown relatives. On the other hand, the baby-cut carrots are a product of an angry man. Mike Yurosek was not happy when his carrots were rejected because of slight rotting or imperfections. In 1986 he avoided discarding carrots by simply creating the so-called “Bunny-Lov” brand. He cut the “bad” carrots into two lengths and placed them into the potato peeler.
The Orange Deceivers
Did you know, that carrots were not orange before the 16th century? Back than all cultivated carrots were actually purple and yellow, whereas the wild, undomesticated carrots were white. And yet, the orange variant we all know is luckily the healthiest one, shows the study from the University of California.
We hope that you had as much fun reading this story as we enjoyed writing it. An while we finish our pile of carrots, you can be sure we are already looking for new ideas, which you can also submit in the comments bellow!