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The Real Truth About Baby Carrots

Are baby carrots safe? Let’s find out!

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Ahhh, baby carrots, they’re cute, they’re convenient and they’re…toxic. (You were expecting me to say healthy weren’t you?)

So, last night I got into a back and forth discussion in the comment section of a post on Facebook regarding the safety of baby carrots, this includes organic baby carrots, not just conventional carrots. Here is the article discussed:

The truth behind baby carrots and why you shouldn’t eat it. – The post says that baby carrots are:

 “a result of taking all the broken and ugly carrots that can’t be put in the package, grinding them all up, processing them in a bath of chlorine, to give them a bright, happy orange color.

The discussion was about where the carrots actually come from. The other individual pointed out that this statement was a bit misleading, making the carrots sound more processed than in reality. But, needless to say, I was intrigued and disturbed, mainly by the chlorine part of the story. I realize that this whole baby carrot issue has been around awhile, but I needed to know  the truth one way or another. So, the newly budding scientist in me just had to investigate. Here’s what I found:

  1. Baby carrots are not actually “baby carrots”. (I’m not sure about you, but this didn’t surprise me in the slightest.) In the 1980’s, consumers began to expect their produce, including carrots, to look “pretty”. Anything that was malformed or “ugly” was either tossed, juiced or fed to animals. To fix this waste problem, farmers began cutting these “ugly” carrots into bite size pieces and selling them. Thus the “baby carrot” revolution began.
  2. The white stuff on “baby carrots” is not chlorine residue: The white residue is NOT from chemicals, but rather the indication that the carrot is simply drying out. However, there are some who believe that the chlorine causes this to happen faster.
  3. ALL baby carrots, INCLUDING ORGANIC, are rinsed in chlorinated water! This was disturbing to me. Frankly, I was shocked that even organic carrots were rinsed in chlorine. But this is actually required by the FDA…for our safety. This is done to rinse/clean the carrots of any food borne bacteria such as e. coli.

Below is a video (10:34) from 2013, done by Z6 Mag. This individual appeared to do some thorough research into baby carrots.  He even has a clip from the show, “The Doctors” about baby carrots, in which they try to convince you that chlorine is safe.

Here are four of my sources used for this article

Source #1: The Toxic Truth About Baby Carrots & Why You Should Stop Eating Them – Collective Evolution

Source #2: Stop eating baby carrots for this disturbing reason

Source #3: Chlorine in you baby carrots

Source # 4: Chlorine Toxicity

Not convinced that chlorine is actually bad for you? Well, if the fact that chlorine was once used as a chemical weapon isn’t enough to convince you, watch this video below (3:23):

Finally, you might be saying…”Well, they’re just rinsed in water with a little chlorine, that can’t hurt or get into the carrots…right?” Watch this experiment with tap water.(2:36)..this is fascinating…and a bit scary!

What do you think of baby carrots now?

About Tamara Hoerner (646 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

36 Comments on The Real Truth About Baby Carrots

  1. Might be avoiding these from now on. xx

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  2. If chlorine makes our eyes sting in a swimming pool, probably not something we want to digest. Thanks for doing this research. Very informative.

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  3. I always thought of getting those for my kids lunch..But now I am happy that I didn’t.. Thank you for sharing this information ☺

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  4. One of my favorite veggies is now on the hit list 😞

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  5. TheOriginalPhoenix // January 23, 2017 at 10:27 am // Reply

    Oh gods….

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  6. I’ve never liked baby carrots, but I LOVE ‘normal’ carrots. No one could understand it, saying that they’re exactly the same and taste the same. But I could taste a difference. Thanks for this, now I can prove to those who mocked me that there IS indeed a difference!

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  7. Luckily these ‘baby carrots’ are not sold in Australia. I’ve never bought them when I’ve been in the USA, mostly because they just look wrong. Turns out they are!

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    • It seems the rest of the world is so much better at keeping these kind of things out of markets, than the USA. Too much bureaucracy here I guess. Americans love their convenience food. That’s what these carrots are…convenience food disguised as health food.

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      • I don’t think it’s too much bureaucracy—maybe not enough. We have strict labelling laws for ingredients and less-so for country of origin, but still effective guidance for shoppers. I think you nailed it with a desire of convenience and being lured by the illusion of being healthy. No doubt many people want to do the right thing—carrots are better than junk food—but they are too busy to research what they’re eating/buying. Your blog is a service.

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      • You’re probably right about not enough…the problem here is the big food manufacturers lobby the govt to twist laws to go their way…so they make $ at the expense and health of the American consumers. Thank you for your kind words about my blog.

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  8. All I know is that they are waaaaaaay over priced. This frugal girl only buys normal carrots. 🙂

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  9. Seriously??? How can these stuff be sold in supermarkets?

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  10. Wow, no more baby carrots… thank you so much for this!!!!Very good read. I want to do all I can to stay healthy.

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