Baby carrots are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots. Chlorine which is a renowned carcinogen is what is used while processing baby carrot into a final product. Exposure to Chlorine has been linked to several health problems including sore throat, coughing, eye and skin irritation, rapid breathing, pain in the lung region and asthma.
Whenever you see a small and evenly shaped baby carrots being sold in the stores with those conspicuous packaging and labels, won’t you get tempted to buy them? But the question is should you buy it or not?
Baby carrots also called small cocktail carrots are not naturally grown like regular carrots. If you are not aware of this, these are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots. They are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots. Most people probably know this already.
Why Baby Carrots are bad for Your Health?
One of the most esteemed carcinogenic chemical – Chlorine which is also widely used to keep the swimming pools clean is what is used while processing baby carrot into a final product.
Once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots, they lose their protective cover. Therefore, they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them. Chlorine is a highly toxic, yellow-green gas most heavily used in chemical agents like household cleaners and can be found in the air near industrial areas especially around paper processing plants.
How can you see the chlorine in the baby carrots?
If you put these baby carrots inside the refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots, this is the chlorine which resurfaces. However, some disagree with the same.
The contrary belief
Dr. Joe Schwarcz, professor of chemistry at McGill University reportedly said that none of this is harmful to your health. He explains that the whole point of washing vegetables with chlorinated water is to protect consumers’ health by reducing bacteria that could cause food-borne illnesses.
Since Chlorine is a pesticide, and its purpose is to kill living organisms, if you ingest it, it kills some parts of our body like the healthy bacteria in your gut and intestinal flora for instance.
Exposure to Chlorine has been linked to several health problems including sore throat, coughing, eye and skin irritation, rapid breathing, pain in the lung region, narrowing of the bronchi, wheezing, blue coloring of the skin, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, severe eye and skin burns, lung collapse, and asthma.
Edited By: Vivek Chhetri