Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday Tips

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? We do hope that this information can be passed on to as many people as possible in the hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and how they are processed. Chlorine is a very well known carcinogen. Please let us make this information available to as many people as possible.

If you care about your family and friends, pass it on.


Karin said...

Thanks for sharing this. I knew they used something to preserve the pre-cut carrots but always thought it was lemon juice, like they use for some fruits on fruit platters.

Debbie Wallace said...

This article made me think twice about buying a bag of veggies today that included baby carrots.

ddurance said...

Good to know. Now those baby carrots don't sound so yummy.


Debbie Wallace said...

Sorry Deidra, sometimes the truth stinks! I can't tell you how many of those little carrots I've eaten after they started to turn white:(

Nancy Bristow said...

Well Debbie...I too have eaten white coated baby carrots...even though I limit the quantity because of the amount of natural sugar they contain. (Anybody who needs to be aware of their sugar intake will know this - my 411 came from a nutritionist.) think you're doing something wonderful for yourself by eating a raw, orange, healthy vegetable only to find out that this delightful snack contains chlorine AND lots of sugar. Crap.

Maybe you have to eat an inordinate number of baby carrots in order to suffer the consequences? I mean really...which of one of us has not been eating these little suckers for years now?

I'll tell you what I will be doing...I will continue to eat baby carrots in limited quantities. It's good to know the cautions regarding our food but I'm simply at the point of not giving a rats a$$ and I guess I'm just sick to death of EVERYTHING that we eat having a warning attached to it.

My age has a lot to do with this decision...if I were a great deal younger perhaps I would take it more seriously...who knows.

It may not sound like it but I do believe that information is power and that it's good that you share with others the information you run across. From there we will each make an informed decision.

I wonder if somewhere there's a list of "safe to consume" foods? I swear it must be extremely short.

Thanks for the heads-up Amigo....Nancy:)

Debbie Wallace said...

LOL, I bet it's a short list, too. And we're probably putting a lot more crap in our bodies than we'll ever know. I love when they come out with reports that say something isn't good for you and then a couple years later it's good for you again.

About the only thing I can remember giving up because of an article of what it can do is coke, which led to all soda.