What you should know about Baby Carrots

baby carrots look delicious - These baby carrots are coated with Chlorine to preserve them.
@barehugs (8986)
Canada
September 25, 2008 7:26pm CST
The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for many of the Big Stores like Walmart, Loblaws, etc. The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots. Most people probably know this already. What you may not know and should know, is the following: once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them. (this is the same chlorine used your pool) since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher dose of chlorine. You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots, this is the chlorine which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to have esthetically pleasing vegetables which are practically plastic? Please pass this information on to as many people as possible to inform them where these carrots come from and how they are processed. Chlorine is a very well known carcinogen.
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@cream97 (29167)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I know that they are very nutritious and they are so delicious.. I love buying them when they are just this small.. My kids love them too..
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I hope you don't mind my butting in here, and hate to say it, but I think you're missing the point of what the original poster is saying here...He's saying to "preserve" the appearance of baby carrots, they are dipped in a solution of chlorine which is a carcinogen...in other words causes cancer...chlorine is the same substance put in swimming pools....So think they are so healthy now?
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
26 Sep 08
Its so sad, isn't it? So many food choices are either poison or dipped, sprayed, or cooked in Poison. Nobody cares about anything anymore, except the bottom Line! (which is the dollar)
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@cream97 (29167)
• United States
26 Sep 08
Yes, pye I guess I missed the topic.. Why are you so intent on checking up on me.. Go find some spot to sit on..
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
6 Oct 08
That is crazy talk... That white stuff is actually caused from dehydration. If you don't believe that, then go pick a carrot from a gardon && cut it in half, stick it in your fridge && you will see the same white stuff appear. This happens when the carrot dries out. If you want to keep the white stuff from forming (basically I mean, from drying out) on your cocktail carrots, then place them in a low temperature setting && in a high humidity enviroment. Some fridges have those special settings these days. As for the chlorine talk, that step is used in all fresh cut ready to eat veggies. But it's also cleaned really well after that step before being placed into packaging. && the step using chlorine is used to help or reduce any contamination. Research is knowledge... Good day!
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
4 Oct 08
thanks for the info. i did not know that. we don't know what we are eating, do we. i appreciate u putting this on. i will not be buying any more baby carrots. i really liked then to. lol
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Wow I did not know that. Thanks for the info, It is a real shame cause I really love baby carrots, just I'm gonna have to Re- think this.. Chlorine.. humm. That is not healthy at all. No wonder we have so many different things wrong with everyone these days. There is just to much to be worring about. I guess the good old days were much safer. Even though they didn't know a lot hen, but I think they wer better off..
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
26 Sep 08
This is not entirely true. Check out what snopes has to say about it. http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/carrots.asp Do I think it's ok to do it? No, as I try to avoid as many chemicals as possible in everything I come in contact with. Also, 'real' baby carrots, those that are picked when they're very small, don't have an issue at all.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
26 Sep 08
Thank you for the heads up on this barehugs....fortunately I've never bought baby carrots...just get the good ole regular kind and pare off the outer layer myself with a vegetable peeler ..but I bet a lot of people don't know about this use of chlorine for "baby" carrots
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
26 Sep 08
Wow, I am shocked. I love those little carrots. Nothing is pure and safe anymore to eat. Thanks for posting this important information.