Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Those Cute Little Baby Carrots.....


So my Dad was telling me some disturbing info about these cute little baby carrots that we are all so fond of at the grocery store. You know, no peeling required, just open and eat. Well, after hearing the details, these cute little carrots are not so cute anymore. What the tale is is that these carrots are the centers of the deformed ,old carrots that no one wants. After they are carved down into the cute baby carrots, they are soaked into a mixture of water and chlorine. This is how they are preserved because they no longer have their skins as a barrier. If you notice, sometimes you can see a white film on the carrots. You don't see that on the real deal long variety in the packages. This story seemed quite logical, I mean, why would a company waste a good carrot to just get to the middle. I checked out snopes and a few other sites and yep, it's true. There may be one company that doesn't do this but I haven't found it. Convenience never pays. Is it really so hard to peel and slice a carrot? Have you noticed how good the real carrots taste after you have eaten the chlorine baby carrots for so long or even a garden carrot? I bought some local organic carrots last week and couldn't believe the flavor and the crunch. The best part is that they are even cheaper! Why are we all so sucked into convenience that we will trade it for value? Now, this is one more thing I will have to cross off my list at the stores, no more baby carrots. Time to pull out the peeler. And just in case you didn't know, you don't want to eat chlorine. I am sure it also strips away many of the nutrients in the carrot as well. As always, eat your food naked. Just like God made it.

9 comments:

Linda Merrill said...

Good info. Thank you for posting this.... no more baby carrots for me!!

Lori P said...

Holy smokes! I always buy these because I think they are more appealing looking and, therefore, my kids will be more inclined to eat them. You are rockin' my little world, Shari! No more baby carrots for us!

Megan said...

Weird! I would have never thought that in a million years! Poor little old, deformed carrots that nobody wants! I have a hard time eating these anyways. They make me choke!

Tracey said...

That just BUGS!! My kids loved those little guys - what a bummer.

Sarah said...

I knew there was something suspicious about those things! They're all wet and slimy, then in no time dry out. Thanks for the research!

johnson six said...

I wonder if this is true for the organic baby carrots as well. I had heard something similar long ago, and have made sure to buy organic baby carrots ever since, I may not be playing it safe after all. Do you know?

Shari Goodman said...

While some organic baby carrots could possibly not be soaked in chlorine, chlorine is acceptable on the organic level so they could use it and still be labeled organic. You wouldn't know it so it's best to just peel your own!

Anonymous said...

Check your sources before you spread lies and rumors. www.snopes.com is a peer-reviewed fact checker. Your 'freakish' chlorine soaked baby carrots are just fine to eat, becuase everything you said about them was a lie. This is exactly how lies become fact and facts become legend. Don't be 'factless'!

Shari Goodman said...

FYI, I never rely on snopes because I agree they side with who they want. That is why I check other sources. I actually called a company that makes the baby carrots and was told that they were washed in a chlorine solution, same as many other processed fruits and veggies, which they played down as totally safe. You may call them yourself if you would like. While I know that chlorine is in many things, including water and is deemed safe, there is too much of it and I do not want it on my produce. You may keep eating them, it is up to the individual. I will peel my own, thank you.