Are Baby Carrots Dangerous?

A graphic and associated narrative is making the rounds again online which promotes the dangers of baby carrots. Is there any truth to the claims of the dangers of baby carrots?

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No. Baby carrots are safe to eat.

First, let’s take a look at one variant of the rumor:

DANGER TO YOUR FAMILY!!
From the Department of Life Education:

Baby Carrots:
The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, 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 in 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?

Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen, which causes Cancer. I thought this was worth passing on. Pass it on to as many people as possible in hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and how they are processed.

I used to buy those baby carrots for vegetable dips. I know that I will never buy them again!!!!

Baby Carrots
It should be noted that not all baby carrots are the same. There are in fact true baby carrots, which are carrots harvested before reaching maturity. There are also other smaller varieties of carrots available. The rumor above, however, discusses the manufactured baby carrots. These are created from misshapen carrots that are not visually pleasing enough to sell in supermarkets, and are whittled down into uniform “baby carrots” we are accustomed to seeing today.

Chlorination
While it is true that baby carrots are treated with a diluted solution of chlorinated water, there is nothing special about the treatment of baby carrots as opposed to other vegetables. In fact, almost all ready-to-eat vegetables, along with bagged lettuce, is treated in this manner. It is very similar to the chlorination process that treats tap water. The process is approved by the FDA and opponents can point to no studies  which proves this process leads to cancer or any other illness.

White Covering
The rumor mentions the “white covering” which is the chlorine resurfacing. This is absolutely false. The white blush that appears on carrots is merely a process of damaged tissue (peeled, in this case) drying out. This process occurs naturally on any carrots, even those grown organically.

The internet is full of scare tactics such as this. Before sharing such a post, take time to research the info. And if you found this page because you saw them sharing this misinformation, share this article in return!

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  • http://www.riponwitch.net riponwitch

    What’s more shocking is that there are countries who actually cut down carrots into uniform baby carrots! Only in the US!!

  • Jay

    In the beginning i thought that it said: No baby, carrots are safe to eat. I was all like: This website is coming on to me…

    • waffles

      Hah!