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Small Changes: Carrots

January 16, 2013

Recently, this Barre Bee heard that baby carrots, one of the cuter vegetables at the supermarket, are soaked in chlorine to preserve them and keep them looking pretty. This gossip led to some investigation, because:

1) It forced me to seriously think about what I am putting in my body.

How much does my stomach really appreciate what's going into it?

How much does my stomach really appreciate what’s going into it?

2) It reminded me that food can be just as good as people at lying.

Think you're being healthy when you get a salad while eating out? Salads are actually often the least healthy item on the menu!

Think you’re being healthy when you get a salad while eating out? Salads are sometimes the least healthy item on the menu!

& 3) It was a reminder that some people/things will go to extreme lengths for fashion.

Chlorine: The carrot's equivalent to botox?

Chlorine: The carrot’s equivalent to botox?

Channeling my inner Sherlock Holmes yielded the following results:

I even went to the trouble of finding clip art of a deerstalker cap.

I even went to the trouble of finding clip art of a deerstalker cap.

  • Yes, the baby carrots you purchase at the grocery store were washed in chlorinated water.

This practice, however, is not as scary as it sounds. You might have noticed that I said “chlorinated water.” Thus, the carrots, baby and otherwise, that you see at the grocery store have not been dunked in the cleaning supplies beneath someone’s sink. There is also a reason that the carrots are washed in this diluted chlorine – to kill bacteria that, if present, might make us very ill. The practice of disinfecting foods with a very diluted chlorine solution is approved by the FDA, and occurs with many of the ready-to-eat veggies available for purchase in the supermarket. The small amounts of chlorine are safe to ingest (unlike the bleach you use to clean your bathroom – don’t consume that, or attempt to use it to dye your hair).

bleach

So, you are not slowly killing yourself every time you consume the easy snack of baby carrots. Plus, many of the small bags of carrots sold in the supermarket are pieces of larger carrots that are fine to eat but don’t look very nice. More people are eating carrots, less waste is being produced, and farmers derive more profit – win, win, win, right?

For the REAL jackpot, buy and eat full-sized carrots.

For the REAL jackpot, buy and eat full-sized carrots.

Well – not exactly. Consuming baby carrots is better than not eating carrots, at all. So if it comes down to baby carrots or nothing, then by all means, eat baby carrots – and don’t feel guilty about it.

On the other hand, if you have a little extra time, it does not require very much extra effort to eat full-size carrots. You can cut them yourself, and wash them instead of peeling them, which has the benefit of giving you extra nutrition. Like many other fruits and vegetables, the skin of a carrot contains many nutrients, so if you can eat it, you should try to. It is a small change to make, but slowly making small changes to your lifestyle will result in having a great impact.

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Due to this philosophy, we will be periodically featuring small change suggestions on this blog, for education and inspiration. We would also love to hear about the small changes you are making in your life – feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!

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