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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 #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?