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Baby Carrots - When Is A Carrot Not A Carrot?

Updated on October 10, 2014
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The Truth About Baby Carrots

North Americans love baby carrots. Even more than regular, ordinary carrots. We love them because they are a fresh, ready-to-eat vegetable packaged in a convenient format. A wonderful snack food! We put them on party plates, in our kids lunches and in airline snacks. We carry them to soccer games and we grab them when we are on the run. Americans gladly pay more for products that are ready-to-go.

First, let me say that I am not a nutritionist or a scientist or anything of the sort. I am just a Mom and a consumer who is somewhat concerned about what she puts in her and her family's bodies.

Second, what started me searching for information about baby carrots was an e-mail that arrived in my inbox that claimed to be from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for leading retailers in Canada. Of course, there was no source listed on this e-mail. It was pretty anonymous.

What followed was a search for information, the results of which I have gathered here on this page to share with you.

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What Are Baby Carrots? - In North America, baby carrots are either:

  • Miniature carrots that are harvested before they are fully developed, sometimes as a result of crop thinning and sometimes as a specialty crop. They can also be a carrot grown to the 'baby stage,' or
  • Full grown carrots that are cut to make them smaller and uniformly shaped.

Your Baby Carrots May Not Be Baby Carrots At All!

This means that some baby carrots are not actually babies at all! They are full-grown carrots that have been cut down into two-inch sections. Those may be the ones we need to be careful of. Read on...

"I was shocked when I first discovered that (they were cut to shape)," says Jeanne Ambrose, Food and Entertainment Editor of Better Homes and Gardens. "I'd wondered how they got them all so perfectly matched to grow all the same shape and size."

I have to say that I did not actually think about it. I just ate them when they were offered, occasionally buying them for special occasions or for an easy, nutritious snack. I assumed that they were a good, nutritious choice for my family.

Did you know that some baby carrots are not actually baby carrots?

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The history of the baby carrot.

Californian farmer Mike Yurosek is widely credited with creating the baby carrot. As a farmer and, I expect, as a businessman, he was unhappy with the fact that he had to throw out up to 800 tons of carrots a day because they were not 'perfect.' They might have had a bad spot or imperfections like being twisted, knobby, bent or broken and they were considered useless. The consumer would not buy these 'inferior' products so sometimes 70 percent of his carrot crop was tossed out.

He used an industrial green bean cutter to cut his carrots into two and then put them through an industrial potato peeler to create the first baby carrot, which became known as "Bunny-Luv."

With the development of the baby carrot, carrots were reborn and became a 'premium' food. Baby carrots cost considerably more than regular carrots and children gobbled them up!

Today, Bolthouse Farms and Grimmway Farms are the world's largest growers, processors and shippers of baby carrots. Even my favorite brand of frozen vegetable, Green Giant, resells carrots from Bolthouse Farms.

Why Did They Decide To Make Baby Carrots?

Well, of course Farmer Yurosek was trying to reduce waste but, over the years, some people even came to believe that these baby carrots were better in terms of texture, nutrition and/or taste and of course there is the consumer's quest for convenience but perhaps the most important reason for making baby carrots may be that a product is made from an item that previously was thrown out and then sold for at least double the value of regular carrots.

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What About The Taste and Nutrition of Baby Carrots?

Remember that I am not a nutritionist, I am writing what I have gleaned from doing some research. I have read that carrots are one of the best ways for the body to get vitamin A. Our bodies change the beta carotene that is in carrots into vitamin A and apparently Americans receive 30 percent of their vitamin A from carrots.

Modern carrots have been bred to be sweeter because that is part of their appeal as a snack and they are also bred to be longer and narrower as size and shape is important if you are cutting them into baby carrots! (They can get three baby carrots out of one large carrot now instead of two as was the case originally.) Carrots are bred for uniform color because, of course, if you are cutting them into baby carrots, you don't want to have a lot of color variation.

All of this has lead to baby carrots that are nice - crisp and sweet - but without much flavor - not much carrot taste or smell.

Baby carrots are not as nutritious as whole carrots. They are grown fast and ripened quickly and have about 70 percent of the beta carotene of a regular carrot. Plus, much of the nutritional value of the carrot is in the skin and just below that area. This part is peeled away in the process of making a baby carrot.

The Creation of Baby Carrots...

Just exactly how are baby carrots made? Watch the step-by-step production process...it appears pretty much the same today as when Farmer Mike created the first baby carrot.

How Are Baby Carrots Made?

The video does a very nice job of illustrating how baby carrots are made. However, it is a pretty 'clean' video and if you were to believe it you would think that the carrots were always nice and clean but there is at least one important step missing. Often, when baby carrots are being made, they are rinsed or soaked in chlorinated water.

Here is the Most Important Thing, in my mind:

Some baby carrots are washed or dipped in a CHLORINE SOLUTION to prevent whiteness on the outside of the carrot. The same chlorine that you might find in a backyard pool and chlorine is a carcinogen.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Fresh-Cut Vegetables

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the use of chlorine as an antimicrobial treatement is a currently accepted practice in the processing for all fresh-cut, ready-to-eat vegetables. (Section 4.4.) You will have your own opinion, of course, on what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to you and we know that often things are approved by the government and later declared bad for us.

Maybe. Dole's website claims that baby carrots are sweeter and more tender than full-grown carrots. They state that their carrots are small because they are either grown closer together or harvested earlier than big carrots.

Dole also says that if you notice a white coating on the baby carrots that just means that they are dehydrated and that you should put them in water to rehydrate them.

Others say that the white which appears on the carrots in your fridge is the chlorine coming out. Fact or fiction?

Be A Scientist And Debunk This Baby Carrot Myth At Home

Another site I read stated that the whiteness is actually caused by dehydration. They say that you can take any carrot and cut it in half, leave it in your fridge and it too will have the same white appearance once it has dried a bit. Of course, baby carrots get more white on them because the entire carrot is cut surface!

If you were hoping that there was a magical solution to eating baby carrots, there just may be.

To determine whether small carrots are 'real' baby carrots read the packaging. Labels on bags of very young carrots will say 'baby carrots.' Labels on bags of carrots made by chopping them down are called 'baby-cut carrots.'

Use this as your guide and you can go on eating baby carrots without worrying about chlorine...

Are You Going To Continue Eating Baby Carrots?

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Baby Carrot Trivia

Baby carrots represent approximately one third of the sales of fresh carrots.

Carrot Trivia

1960 -- Americans ate 6 pounds of carrots a year.

2008 -- Americans eat 10.5 pounds of carrots a year.

"If you get ambushed by a snack attack between meals or at social functions, bring along or request a nutritious snack like baby carrots or celery with peanut butter. The snack will help you feel satisfied and curb your desire to continue snacking."

-- Amy Grant on Healthy Holiday Eating

Baby Carrot Controversy

Well, back to what set off the creation of this page. The e-mail I received said that baby carrots are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine and that chlorine is a known carcinogen.

In my mind, it seems like a simple choice to go back to enjoying 'real' carrots -- either regular sized ones or ones that have been harvested while babies. Then I will know that there is no chance they have been dipped in chlorine, I will know they are healthier and my pocket book will know that they cost less.

I would love to hear from you about what you think of the Baby Carrot Controversy.

The End

An appropriate ending, don't you think for a page about carrots? Thank you for visiting this page and thank you to the Flickr.com photographers for allowing me to use their photos on this page.

Baby Carrot Controversy -- Your Comments, Concerns & Questions - Should I be concerned?

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      I, too, was totally thrilled with the convenience of Baby Carrots...and definitely choose to peel and slice my own carrots now. Thanks for your visit, Glenn!

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This was a very educational hub with very important information. I never realized that there was a difference between baby carrots and baby-cut carrots. From now on I will pay close attention to the labeling as I use them often in my cooking.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I buy organic ones for my kids, since it's one of a few vegetables they'll enthusiastically eat.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Like you, I stopped buying "baby" carrots for my family when I learned they were not baby carrots at all, but also because they don't taste as good as full-grown, ripe carrots. Then there's the plastic packaging. Just don't need that. Thanks for a well-written page on this topic. I enjoyed it.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      I love carrots. There's no denying how much vitamins you get per serving. Best to eat them raw to get all the vitamins. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I love my carrots, but prefer to get them at the local farmer's market. I always feel like the veggies I get there are better quality and more pure.

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      emmajowebster 4 years ago

      I enjoy carrots no matter what size or shape! I can understand why kids prefer baby ones though having a child myself - but I just cut them down myself and make soup with the remains.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      I prefer to eat large carrots as there is far more beta carotene in an older carrot. I peel very thinly as carrots need scraping to remove traces of fertiliser. Baby carrots may be a good way to get kids to start eating them though, and for adults who wouldn't normally do so. At least they are getting some nutritional goodness and fibre, so it's still a plus. I'm pleased you pointed out the difference. We don't have this fad so much in the U.K. I don't think, although you can still get them.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Good research. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's a carrot. Big or small....it's just a carrot. Who gives a rat's butt if it's a big carrot cut into a little carrot or a baby carrot. Baby carrots don't have some magical health benefit. You thought you were buying a carrot and it's still a carrot. Wow, people. Just wow. With all the crazy crap industries are doing with food this is what we are worrying about?

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      That's something I didn't know! Thank you.

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      Ibexing 4 years ago

      Shocking really, thank you for sharing such important information. I don't have a problem with making carrots look like baby carrots, however the consumer should be aware of this practise so they can make an informed decision when buying..

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      grahamcox lm 4 years ago

      hmm carrots are one of my favourite vegetables and this is very interesting!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just enjoyed a handful of baby carrots and have known they are cut "full" carrots for a few years. As for the chlorine contraversary--they are rinsed in water that has 100-150 ppm of chlorine, which is a richer mix than the 4 ppm allowed in the US federal standard for drinking water but the FDA requires "baby carrots" be washed with potable water or dried in a centrifuge after being rinsed with chlorinated water. There is a limit of 5 minutes that the carrots can spend in contact with the chlorinated water. As a point of reference, pool water has about 25 ppm of sodium hypochlorite liquid in it to create a 3 ppm level of free chlorine. I eat organic and pride myself on knowing a lot about my food, not worried about a high-chlorine water rinse. Much of your produce is washed in a H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) solution and many of these washes are approved for conventional and organic food.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hope you've given up tap water as well, then...

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I don't think we have the same cut-down carrots in the UK. We do have baby carrots but they are very obviously small carrots. I don't think the sales of them are so large either. I used to grow my own baby carrots and other things to encourage my sons to eat vegetables.

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      Vicki 5 years ago from USA

      You have certainly taught me a lesson today! Baby carrots are a staple in my fridge. I had no idea that they might be bad for me. I will start checking the labels to see if they are the real McCoy! Terrific lens and a unique topic.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Very interesting information.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I love carrots and eat a great deal of them, but I don't buy the packaged "baby" carrots. This year I am growing my own organic carrots and they won't ever come into contact with chlorine or any other chemical. Thank you for educating us on where baby carrots come from.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I love baby carrots .After reading this I will try growing my own .I love to garden and have grown some in the past.Great lens thanks for all the info.

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      Elhamstero 5 years ago

      I'm in the UK and I've never seen the cut down baby carrots that you describe. It sounds terrible though. I love carrots and I'll be very careful to check what I'm eating in the future.

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      CreativeArtDesigns 5 years ago

      Very interesting read on carrots. Thanks!

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      I love all carrots.Great source of Pro-vitamin A.Thanks

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      one flywitme 5 years ago

      Great lens, Here goes a little trivia. A burgundy carrot created by the university of Texas,get it burgundy has 40% more beta carotene and anthocyanin than the average carrot.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      what about organic? i dont trust it and never have, but am hoping THEY arent rinsed in chlorine...they do tend to go bad faster - which is a good thing :) i juice the real carrots , i might as well cut the real carrots smaller for the kids....but would love to hear what you know about the organic side of things....

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      catherinenbrooks 6 years ago

      I like to eat baby carrot.It's really good written lens.Helpful info sharing in to the lens.

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      iMANDY 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Excellent lens!! I am from Australia and as far as I know we don't sell the bagged baby carrots, I have seen the tinned baby carrots, which my husband likes. To me they just taste like chemicals! Thank you for such an informative lens!! :)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      You have actually introduced me to this controversy. But, I will gladly check the packaging from now on. Thatks for the research, and for passing on what you found!

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      Wow, very informative and interesting! Blessed ;)

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      It's amazing how much information there is about simple things like baby carrots when you seek it out, and you've done a great job of doing that. I loved the facts and pictures. Love carrots...since the consumption of carrots has increased, maybe it makes up for the fact that content isn't as much as a "regular" carrot...we have become so accustomed to the convenience of packaged foods. Love this, blessed, added to Diet & Nutrition Squid Angel.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Interesting - I had no idea where baby carrots came from.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the mini carrots but have yet to meet a carrot I didn't like. Yup, chlorine is not a foo item and I prefer to not eat or drink it.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Chlorine is present in our tap water and swimming pools but I am pretty sure that not everyone likes the chlorine in those places, either...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ummm since when did Chlorine become bad for health? Tap water contains chlorine. Swimming pools contain chlorine. Most organic veggies are washed in chlorine to kill dangerous bacteria etc. Chlorine (in the small quantities in which it is used) is an anti septic.But good information to know none the less. The only thing I'm taking back with me is the bit about selectively breeding them to be thinner and of uniform color etc. What that means to me is that one has to eat even more baby carrots to get the nutrition of fewer regular carrots :P

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I love snacking on baby carrots. I get my veggies and I don't actually have to cook.

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      the777group lm 6 years ago

      I'm your 100th thumbs up and your century is well deserved. Lots of great baby carrot info.

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Wow... thanks for exposing the truth to me... I will be watchful of those packages of baby carrots now.

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Finally the truth revealed:) Baby, or grown up carrots .. no difference.Still I like them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Was never a big carrot lover...but the first time i had a baby carrot..I didn't enjoy it...even with ranch dip...wondered why it tasted different.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Fortunately, it is more economical to clean our own carrots and slice them so that's what I do now. I loved the convenience of baby carrots though.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We started our Organic craze in 2005 and flipped about 85-90% of our diet and started buying food in less popular markets. Every once in a while I pop-in to Costco because we have a large family and I try and buy some things in bulk.When I bought these "organic" "baby" carrots I thought this is great for lunches. Uuugghh! When I would snack on the carrots while making lunches, I thought these have such a strong smell and taste of chlorine! So, naturally, as any consciencious mother would do, I started to research. I didn't get very far when I found your web-site, (very nicely done, btw), and there you have it! Thank you so much for the information! I'm struggling now with ... do I throw these toxic carrots away and stand on what I believe, or just not buy any more after these are gone...this econmy is killing me, and so is our "government". Perhaps if we'd all learn to govern ourselves....again....we wouldn't think that we need someone to do it for us!

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      Louis Wery 6 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Thanks for alerting me to this carrot controversy. No more baby carrots for us!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Now I know why they never taste as good as a large carrot. And how true about the white dry looking preservative on em! Thanks for the info I never knew the real story, just that they were easy to serve at parties. Glad I stopped using them a long while ago just cause they didn't taste good most of the time.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I miss baby carrots :( They really are a North American thing. Great lens, wish I could come up with some witty thing to say - - - oh, well, lens rolling to my banana lens.

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      bigjoe2121 7 years ago

      Interesting. I had heard of a 'baby carrot controversy' and now I know what it is all about :) Liked and lensrolled to my only food lens to date.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great lens and valuable information on nutrition. Blessed and featured on Sprinkled with StardustNorma

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      semas 7 years ago

      Thank you for the information.Well researched and well presented 5*

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      This is an incredibly well-done lens on baby carrots. Blessed by an angel!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      Please take a few moments to check out the blog I created on behalf of this outstanding lens! Would You Recognize A Real Baby Carrot?

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I sure learned something today about baby carrots, I'm shocked.

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      Superwife 7 years ago

      well who would have thought baby carrots had such a history! very well done lens, so informative!

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      Georgene_Collins 7 years ago

      Great information on an not very well know topic. Paying attention to what we eat is not only smart, it's imperative. 5 stars for you!

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      Alfiesgirl LM 7 years ago

      I always detested carrots untill i tasted a baby carrot..now i cannot eat enough of them..i've had to curb my craving for them though as my skin began to look kinda tinged with orange ...oh thats not to mention my bunny tail n long ears..bahhh wots up doc!!! Great baby carrot lens 5*

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      Purple for orange! Congrats on this great lens being recognized.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      We all must be more careful about reading labels!! Thank you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a wonderful lens on Baby Carrots! Congratulations on that Purple Star!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Back to review the facts on this page and to congratulate you on the purple star!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Dont get too worried about the chlorine folks, every time you wash your fruit under the tap, you are washing it in chlorine.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Well. There you go! I just assumed they were little carrots!

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very interesting! 5*

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      Marelisa 8 years ago

      You know, I have always loved baby carrots but I never stopped to consider how they were made. It's amazing that the carrots are washed in chlorinated water. Great lens. :-)

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      chass071775 8 years ago

      Thanks for the information, it makes you wonder about what is actually in the foods we eat. Great lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have a little dog that loves to chew on raw carrots. Got in the habit of buying baby carrots for him. Now I read I may be slowly killing him because they are dipped in chlorine. My goodness, can't anything be trusted these days?

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 8 years ago from FL

      Very informative, I knew that a lot of baby carrots were cut but have never paid attention to how to tell the difference. I will from now on, Thanks!BTW - love the ending!

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      AndrewGreen LM 8 years ago

      I love eating Baby Carrots raw. Very good for you in any form. Interesting lens.

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting. I've always wondered why some baby carrots taste better than others. Probably those that are grown as baby carrots are the better ones. However, I have recently started just buying regular carrots and cutting them myself. They're much less expensive. We grow carrots, too, but never enough. A good lens to email to my kids.

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      JodiTraxler 8 years ago

      I had just assumed they were all 'baby-cut'. I'll be checking the packaging from now on! Thanks for the info Brenda!

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      likeapenguin 8 years ago

      Hmmm ... I always suspected something was off about those baby carrots! Sometimes when my mom would buy them they would have some sort of coating on them with a slime-like texture. I try to buy organic carrots now :) Great lens!

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      daoine lm 8 years ago

      Interesting - I'd never really thought about whether baby carrots were grown that way or cut, but then I've never bought them myself. We prefer the ordinary carrots.

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      very cool info - I buy baby carrots to feed my neighbors horse all the time - they love them.

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Interesting lens ~ I had no idea that they were cut down to size (they are pretty handy for snacks though :o)Http://www.squidoo.com/ConnieCrankpot

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Amazing.

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      ThomasC 8 years ago

      We love carrots in my house! Squid Angel Blessed! Beautiful lens work!ThomasC

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      seegreen 8 years ago

      I had no idea that some were cut down. I'll be keeping a lookout for the real thing now. Baby carrots are a handy snack that we all love.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      I recently stopped buying baby carrots because I missed the flavor of the full sized ones. Now, I'm glad that I did! I hate the thoughts of packing chlorine in my daughter's lunch boxes. Thanks for the great information! I suppose we should all think about the price of convenience more often. I LOVED your beautiful carrot photos too. :)

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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      Hmmmm - maybe I'll go back to whole full-sized carrots. Very interesting, well researched lens - with lots of eye candy! Thanks 5*s

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      Tina1094 8 years ago

      This is a great lens, and very informative. I do not like the cholorine washing and will go back to regular carrots. Keep up the great lenses! 5*

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 8 years ago from Michigan

      I LOVE baby carrots! Eat 'em like popcorn. This is a great lens to roll to my Laftovers lens. Also 5-starring and favoriting.

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      jackierondeau 8 years ago

      [in reply to pyngthyngs] When I first heard about the chlorine solution being used I immediately e-mailed one of the largest food retailers in my area looking for answers. At first, they said that they had visited the farms and assured me that that just wasn't the case. Later on, they contacted me again apologizing for their error. It appeared that the solution they used to transport the baby carrots to the packaging facility did indeed contain chlorine in the solution. The lady explained that it was for my benefit, to wipe out the bacteria. I think it is to my benefit never to eat baby carrots again and to this day I haven't.

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      pyngthyngs 8 years ago

      Now I understand why my mouth feels like it does after I go swimming, when I eat baby carrots. ;-)Very interesting lenses. 5*

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      Zen Automat 8 years ago

      a carrot lover who loves what you have done here... 5*

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      What an interesting lens on baby carrots -- who would have thunk!

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      Natalie W Schorr 8 years ago

      Fascinating lens, and well done!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm glad that you are concerned about chemicals and toxins that you're family may be consuming, however, this article is alarmist and doesn't really present much tangible evidence. As I see it, you're two main arguments against baby carrots is that the carrots contain less �-carotene and that baby carrots are washed in a chlorine solution. As previous posters stated before, chlorine is a common bleaching agent used on almost all produce (organic and non) so even eating regular carrots you are exposing yourself to chlorine. This is not even mentioning the other numerous places that chlorine is present in, including tap water. Your other point is that baby carrots provide less �-carotene, which is a positive thing since �-carotene has been shown correlate with an increased chance of developing lung cancer.

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      Adrienne Jenkins 8 years ago

      Love that photo on flickr

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      julcal 8 years ago

      Thank you so much for this lens. I eat a LOT of carrots and love the size and convenience of babies. I'm going back to regular carrots. I'll just use a good veggie washer and leave the skins on5* and a fav

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      Lou165 8 years ago from Australia

      Well I've learnt something new today. I've always been a cheapskate and brought regular carrots and I chop them up myself when needed so I'll just continue to do that.........unless I can grow some (last year was the first attempt at growing carrots dd wanted round ones.....they were very small and it wasn't a very big success!).

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      jpetals 8 years ago

      This is just another reason why I cant wait to have a house with a yard big enough for a vegetable garden. You are a concerned mom, how many times a day do you wonder about yet another chemical entering their bodies? Great lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Fozmead has it right, chlorine is routinely used as an antimicrobial sanitizer in many vegetables that we eat everyday. Carrots that are treated with chlorine are subsequently soaked and rinsed with potable water to remove the excess chlorine before being packaged. " Sanitizers that can be used to wash or to assist in lye peeling of fruits and vegetables are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in accordance with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Ch. 1, Section 173.315. Chlorine is routinely used as a sanitizer in wash, spray, and flume waters used in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry. Antimicrobial activity depends on the amount of free available chlorine (as hypochlorous acid) in water that comes in contact with microbial cells. The effectiveness of chlorine in killing pathogenic microorganisms has been extensively studied." http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol3no4/beuchat.htm

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excuse the 2 minute rant, but as a person who worked in the food industry for 30 years and has a degree in the biological sciences, I can see why these absolutely wasteful and misleading dialogs go on and on. All of you people need to go back to school and take a science course or two. Number 1, carrots like many, MANY, agricultural foods are "sanitized" with chlorine at very specific levels. This is a good thing. You know why? How many of you have had salmonella poisoning or other food borne illnesses? They grow in the ground, people. It doesn't matter whether you grow them or they are grown by some big conglomerate. Microbes are indigenous to the ground and it doesn't matter whether the label says "Organic" or not! The Canadian Food Agency is 100% correct in their statement. Now, go to your library and look up the Code of Federal Regulations. In the "Parts" on Agriculture you will find the rules for processing agricultural food products.

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Congratulations, you were nominated for The Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Group Excellence Award!Good Luck and Good Health!Monarch 13 (Michelle)

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      I never knew that about baby carrots. Luckily, we don't really ever eat them though and prefer the normal natural ones - they are always in out store cupbaord.Interesting lens.Mike.

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      lvnmab 8 years ago

      I had just recently heard that the baby carrots were soaked in chlorine. Thanks for confirming. That plus the genetically modified vegetables on the market cause a person to long for the private garden. I'm planning a bigger one for this year.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      I did know that "baby" carrots were cut down from larger ones, but did not know they are manipulated to be less nutritious and then soaked in chlorine! Thanks for sharing, and welcome to Real Food, Real Living!

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      Sniff It Out 8 years ago

      I like to buy thesmall chantenay carrots which are a small sweet variety... great lens with lots of information. Welcome to 'The Cooks Cafe' group!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow...I never knew. Thanks for all the information here! Great lens.

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      I never knew this--I'll never buy them again! Thanks for the info!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      To me, there is nothing better than a homegrown carrot that you pull out when it's still very small.