Do you eat Baby Carrots? Are you still going to.... after reading this?

@aaamine (134)
United States
January 9, 2009 6:01pm CST
How many of you eat baby carrots? Is it good. I read this somewhere and wanted to share with you guys. Many of you may already know that the small baby carrots you buy from supermarkets are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into smaller cocktail carrots. What you may not know and should know is the following. Once the carrots are cut into cocktail carrots, they are dipped into a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them (this is same chloring used in swimming pool water) since, they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give a higher dose. You will notice this once you refrigerate these carrots for few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the chloring which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to esthetically pleasing vegetables which are practically plastic? Chlorine is a very well known carnicogen.
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@kprofgames (3018)
• United States
10 Jan 09
I'm sorry, but even before I read the other responders I knew this was wrong. I know you read it somewhere and were giving us all a warning. No harm in that, but when I read this, it just doesn't make any sense. Baby carrots, well I raise them. There isn't anyway they can come from one main carrot and "reformed". I know this because if you look at them, they still have the circle at the top where the greens were cut off. If you keep think in your fridge and they start getting a white coating, then they're getting rotten. Store bought vegtables do not keep as long as garden fresh because of the time they are in storage and delivery. Sorry, if this was a let down to you, but I was just telling it to you because I grow them.
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• United States
12 Jan 09
Your post got me to thinking because I eat these carrots all the time. So, I did a little research. Here is what I found. From the American Chemistry Council: Chlorine is the antimicrobial used on fresh produce, especially carrots, mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, cherries, strawberries and apples. The use of chlorine greatly extends the shelf life of these foods by reducing the bacterial concentrations found on these foods. From the Food Technology Center at Oklahoma State University: The use of chlorine to reduce bacteria has stringent guidelines. The concentration of sanitizer must not exceed 2000 ppm hydrochlorite. And the produce must be washed with potable water following the chlorine treatment. Most operations, unless the produce is very dirty, will not need a sanitizer concentration over 200 ppm total chlorine to achieve the desired sanitizing effect. Contact time of one minute is usually sufficient to achieve a thorough kill. The regulations do not specify a permissible level of residual chlorine. Presumably, the fresh water rinse eliminates any potential problem with residual chlorine. As a practical matter, residual chlorine, would in most foods, cause a highly objectionable odor and flavor well before becoming a safety hazard. So, to answer your question, Yes, I will continue to eat them.
@aaamine (134)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Ok, I was kind of caught up in work could not check mylot for a while. And today I see so many people responding this discussion. I am glad first of all. Thanks to everyone and especially to those who pointed that this article was not entirely true and also gave good explanations. I just read it somewhere and wanted to share in mylot and know what others think about this. Anyways, if it is true or not, I would anyways go for regular carrots than baby carrots. Thank you all
@dmrone (751)
• United States
6 Feb 09
I did not know this until i read your discussion. Thank you for the information.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
12 Jan 09
Hi, aaamine. I do not eat baby carrots. I have heard this information before. I avoid many things along the same lines, like salad in a bag, for the same reason. It kinda defeats the purpose of trying to eat healthy doesn't it?
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
10 Jan 09
I'm so very glad I didn't buy a bag of baby carrots today while I was grocery shopping! They had them on for $1.00 a bag but we were on a stricked budget and we were at our limit. Thanks for the information and I don't see myself feeding myself or my family those anymore! Have a great night
@loveyevi (513)
• United States
10 Jan 09
Thank you everybody who posted that this was not true. I love to eat baby carrots and when I read the original post it scared me a bit.
@albert2412 (1782)
• United States
10 Jan 09
I am not sure that baby carrots are safe to eat. Withh all that chlorine, msg, etc that they put onthem I think that i would rather buy fresh carrots and peel them. At least that way I have remove some of the poisons from getting rid of the peelings. Isn.t that safer to do?
• United States
10 Jan 09
If you think about it , when you drink water from the tap , you are also drinking a minimal amount of chlorine . I would imagine the amount they put on the baby carrots would be next to none . I have been using the baby carrots for years and have never had a problem with them . I would be more concerned about samonella on a tomato than a little chlorine on a pre - packaged carrot . You should always wash your vegetables , whether they are pre- packaged or not .
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
10 Jan 09
Thank you so much for sharing this information with the fellow mylotters. I always thought that carrots are really good for the health and so I always ate a lot of carrots. Now Iwill avoid using baby carrots and eat only the larger ones. I hope the bigger ones are not dipped in chlorine.
• United States
10 Jan 09
Nope I will never eat them again after reading this!! I buy about 3 bags of these a week oh no my toddler eats them like candy. what will this have done to him????
• India
10 Jan 09
Thank you dear. Though we do not eat baby carrots, but I will keep that in mind, and will never attempt to eat also. But in our country, normally baby carrots are not sold like that in supermarkets. But this information will be helpful for people in your country.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
10 Jan 09
This is an urban legend that has been going around for ever. You should check these things out before posting them or e-mailing them. Most baby carrots are just that baby carrots. the carrots are planted very close together to make them small they are also harvested when very small. Yes they are washed in Chlorine for no longer then 5 minutes as are all vegetables that are prepackaged. Chlorine kills bacteria. We drink some chlorine from our tap water. As for the white stuff that forms on carrots after a few days that is from the carrot drying out. Here are 2 web site that countedict your discussion. http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/fooddrink/a/baby_carrots.htm http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/260034 Also check out Snopes at http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/carrots.asp
@laglen (19782)
• United States
10 Jan 09
Do you know how to make chlorine? salt water.I am ok with this.
• United States
10 Jan 09
I do eat baby carrots on occasion but I usually only buy organic veges anyway. I never knew this but I've also never seen a white film on my carrots either; I wonder where it is exactly that this happens. Mostly my son and I like the big fresh carrots anyway, they're bigger, crunchier, and they last a lot longer =) Thanks for the tip though, that is very good information to share.
@cornyman (1128)
• Germany
10 Jan 09
Oh, oh, this is scary, aaamine. I didn't know this until i read your discussion. I guess i won't buy anymore so many of them or i will stop consuming them from now on, if they use chlorine for preserving them. Do you have an internet source/webpage where we can read about this topic? Have a great time in myLot!