Tuesday, July 21, 2009

warning about baby carrots

i would normally not publish a chain email on the blog. but this is VERY important. we eat these all the time. do you?

snopes claims that the information is a mixture of true and false. you would think that would be better but it actually shares that they use the mixture talked about below on all processed vegetables.

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!!!!> > > > > > Confirmed by Snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/carrots.asp

~type to you soon~


sclinken said...

Thanks for putting this on your blog. I have never heard this before, but I have a bag of small carrots in my refridgerator with the white film on the outside. They are going to the garbage and I am going to the farmers market:)

Thanks again!

Bobbie Jo said...

This rumor was coverd in O Magazine- May issue. Trevor B. Suzlow, PhD. a food quality and safety researcher with the university of California Davis, says a chlorine wash is often used in baby carrot production to kill off microbes that cause spoilage and disease, but the carrots get a final clean water rinse and the tiny amount of chlorine left on the vegetables is not carcinogenic. The white covering is dried out cells on the carrot's surface. Just immerse the carrots in water for a few minutes and the white film dissapears.