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Janice of California wants to know ~ what’s the “real” story behind baby carrots?

Baby carrots sure have been given a bad rap.
Rumors in an email making the rounds have instilled fear in the grocery carts of every mother who packs baby carrots in her child’s lunch.  Well, have no fear, the nutrient-packed little veggie is still safe and a great snack for both kids and adults.
First, it’s helpful to identify the two types of baby carrots:  1) Naturally grown baby carrots are regular carrots harvested before they reach full size or a variety of smaller carrots, such as Thumbelina.
2)  Manufactured baby carrots are actually normal-sized carrots they cut down to look like baby carrots.
Either way, the carrots retain the same nutritional  value.
As for the rumor these carrots are bathed in the same chlorine that’s used in pools– a chlorine that then shows up as a white film on the carrots over time– not true.
It is true that baby carrots, like all pre-cut vegetables, are rinsed with water containing a small amount of chlorine during processing as mandated by the FDA. However, they are not soaked in chlorine and it does not leak out to form a white coating. Any white blush you might see, occurs naturally as carrots age and lose moisture.  Baby carrots are rinsed with the chlorinated water to reduce your risk of contracting a food-borne bacterial illness.

Reference: “Safety of Baby Carrots”

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