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The truth behind baby carrots
Fox News, by Sky McCarthy

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Posted By:Drive, 1/8/2014 7:56:38 AM

Baby carrots have become a lunch box staple. Parents love them for their convenience and because they’re seen as a healthy food choice. Kids love them because they’re sweet and fun to eat. But what’s the real deal behind baby carrots? After all, they’re not like regular carrots. They’re perfectly shaped with rounded edges; they don’t have the same thick core; and, even peeled, they’re bright orange. And a quick Google search of baby carrots turns up some frightening information on how they’re made and whether they’re really “soaked in chlorine.” What’s up with that? We decided to dig up the truth on

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 1/8/2014 8:09:23 AM     (No. 9683902)

Wow, that´s not so bad.
For a second there I thought this was going to an expose about hormone injected carrots, farm factories where thousands of baby carrots are slaughtered every hour or that they were milk fed and chained to the ground so they couldn´t walk around and get too fat.
Whew!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: horacer, 1/8/2014 8:16:30 AM     (No. 9683910)

Interesting, American farmer ingenuity created the baby carrot. I prefer the big, fat unbagged type. I like picking thru my produce.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/8/2014 8:19:39 AM     (No. 9683913)

They make a nice treat for a small dog. Helps keep their teeth clean and breath fresh. Just don´t over do it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 1/8/2014 8:24:00 AM     (No. 9683916)

#1, thanks for the good laugh. Very clever.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/8/2014 8:53:57 AM     (No. 9683957)

This writer didn´t have anything better to do than investigate baby carrots? Oy.

When you get past all the speculation and fearmongering, you finally get to two points: The chlorine solution used to wash the carrots is harmless. And one nutritionist is worried about the nutrition level in these carrots as opposed to regularly grown carrots. That´s it.

And I´ll never get back the minutes I expended reading this blockbuster expose.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jackie, 1/8/2014 8:54:40 AM     (No. 9683961)

I used to buy them. Then I decided they were just plain tasteless and not sweet... I prefer to buy the big ones and peel my own.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lancer12, 1/8/2014 8:56:34 AM     (No. 9683965)

Big and gawky roast better in the microwave.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: gerty, 1/8/2014 9:00:30 AM     (No. 9683974)

I became a bit concerned about baby carrots when I found an opened package in the fridge.

There they were, two months old, and not changed one bit since the day I bought them!

Something´s got to be wrong about this; haven´t bought them since.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ramona, 1/8/2014 9:07:52 AM     (No. 9683985)

My doggie gets two a day instead of a biscuit treat. Of course he also likes broccoli and yams. And pencils.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 10 - Posted by: M2, 1/8/2014 9:13:29 AM     (No. 9683988)

Chlorine is also used in most "fresh" fish cases in chain supermarkets, just in case you wondered about the chlorine smell.

The better, high-end markets are held to higher standards by their customers, so most don´t use it. But beware the chlorine in your supermarket´s fish case.

VERY funny, #1.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/8/2014 9:14:15 AM     (No. 9683989)

Nice to see Fox News found something to investigate! /s

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Wizard of IS, 1/8/2014 9:45:10 AM     (No. 9684042)

The Wall St. Journal did a front page story about the "inventor" in the early 90s. This article is just a rehash update of a very interesting profile of the guy who was fed up with a government enforced policy forcing him to discard a majority of the produce he grew.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: InOhio, 1/8/2014 9:49:29 AM     (No. 9684051)

Funny thing: when a friend saw me rinse some produce in a weak cholorine solution (about one drop to a gallon of water) she was aghast; her chemist sister told her that this practice was DEADLY and would KILL whoever ate the produce!

We lived in Turkey in the 60´s and my mother had a choice of trundling over to USAF hospitcal with a 5-gallon jerry can and filling it with their treated water, or treating tap water with a drop or two of chlorine at home. She chose to treat our tap water, and she was overly cautious, so she probably doubled the amount of chlorine. Needless to say, we brushed our teeth with it but had to be desperate to drink it, as Mom´s concoction really did taste like crap. However, it didn´t kill us, as we kids are all still here and healthy.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: joew9, 1/8/2014 10:04:17 AM     (No. 9684076)

Chlorine is good.
It kills germs.
It breaks long chain organic molecules.
It is highly volatile so it evaporates off the food quickly. It is also highly aromatic. A very slight amount, much less than what could be a danger to you is easy to smell. It you can´t smell it then there is not enough there to hurt you. But those facts won´t change those who get scared when reading the list of big word ingredients in things.

What´s really dangerous is organic food. It more often contains dangerous forms of e coli. And for some insane reason the FDA allows producers to call their food organic if it was produced using the fertilizers, chemicals, and insecticides that were common prior to about 1920. In my opinion those techniques were much more dangerous and replacing them with the newer methods is better.
Organic farming in Europe (and sometimes in the US) uses human feces as fertilizer. It is supposed to be composted a certain amount of time to assure that only one bacteria remains and that bloom of bacteria kills off all the others. But it´s real easy for farmers to cheat. Many stories about farmers not composting at all in Europe.

Chlorine is everywhere. You can´t help but intake chlorine everyday. The amount remaining on food that has been cleaned with chlorine is insignificant compared to what we normally intake.

When you reuse your Two If By Tea plastic drink bottles rinse them with a little bleach and hot water every 5th refill.(Now that is reasonable way to be green.) Always rinse tea pictures with bleach to avoid spoiled tea. Restaurants use bleach to clean milk shake machines and tea containers.(That was my teenage job.) Some don´t and they typically serve spoiled tea and spoiled milk shake.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 1/8/2014 10:05:21 AM     (No. 9684079)

When I buy them, most of the time they either are wet & slimy or they turn white in a few days.

I don´t have a problem peeling the big carrots, and I think they have a better taste, but that could be my imagination.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 1/8/2014 10:19:55 AM     (No. 9684109)

Mmmmmm! big carrots roasted in the same pan til caramelized right next to a well marbled beef pot roast with onions.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 1/8/2014 10:36:26 AM     (No. 9684134)

And some quartered up redskin potatoes to suck up all that beef roast juice

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Reply 18 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/8/2014 10:40:09 AM     (No. 9684139)

It seems a day can´t go by without someone trying to torque up the public´s anxiety level.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/8/2014 10:47:14 AM     (No. 9684161)

Think ´pretty poison´!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 1/8/2014 11:23:35 AM     (No. 9684236)

I saw what you did there poster 17.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/8/2014 11:37:49 AM     (No. 9684268)

Wow, the magic answer to how they get baby carrots is to choose a variety with minimum core, plant them closer together, and pick them while they are still babies.

I expect that most of the nutritional loss comes from the peeling the carrots since vitamins tend to concentrate in the skin. Still, baby carrots seem a better choice than Twinkies.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: mossley, 1/8/2014 11:44:17 AM     (No. 9684279)

Baby carrots are a convenience item. It doesn´t taste as good as the big ones, but they are ready to eat. Now, if you want a really, really good carrot, try one fresh from the ground after a light frost.

And, yes, carrots do grow in the dirt! Dirt! What´s dirtier than dirty dirt? No one tell the writer this, or he/she/it will go into a fit.`

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jj1319, 1/8/2014 12:07:56 PM     (No. 9684325)

Next, you´re gonna tell me that baby corn isn´t real.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Pete Stone, 1/8/2014 12:41:32 PM     (No. 9684375)

The more honest vendors call them "baby-cut" carrots. Some are obviously pieces cut from rather big carrots. What the heck, they´re carrots and they go good with a sandwich, a few radishes or green onions, and an apple.

During the summer I grow my own and don´t buy much garden produce at the store. By August I have to sneak around and leave bags of fresh zucchini on the neighbors´ front porches. (Just kidding.) During the winter, though, I buy my carrots at the grocery store.

No. 15 must shop at the national grocery chain where I don´t buy baby cut carrots any more -- they´re always slimy there. I haven´t had trouble at other stores.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 1/8/2014 12:57:59 PM     (No. 9684405)

OK, now the alternative: The illegals who pick these carrots regularly urinate and perhaps other things, all over them. Washing them isn´t good enough.
Yes, look it up, people get ill every year from bateria in fresh vegetables.
Thank you illegals! s/o

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Reply 26 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 1/8/2014 1:21:18 PM     (No. 9684438)

FTA: Nutritionists say consumers concerned about the chlorine can just buy whole, unprocessed carrots and wash, peel and cut them themselves.

Yes, wash those "organic" carrots. In ... tap water... which is ... chlorinated (and for good reason).

Ironic, ain´t it?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: SallyHerigstad, 1/8/2014 2:19:01 PM     (No. 9684542)

Just because something is a chemical doesn´t mean it´s scary. Chlorine kills germs and then completely breaks down and disappears. If you don´t believe me, try storing a chlorine/water solution in a bottle that allows light to pass through. Next time you open the bottle, it doesn´t even smell.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 1/8/2014 2:53:31 PM     (No. 9684604)

I adopted several dozen just for the tax deduction.

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Harry Reid Now Spreading Baseless Claim
that Koch Brothers Don´t Pay Corporate Taxes

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Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/2/2014 2:53:59 PM     Post Reply
Senate majority leader Harry Reid has a whole page on his official Senate.gov website devoted to revealing "THE FACTS ABOUT THE KOCH BROTHERS." One of the alleged facts promoted on Reid´s website is that the Kochs do not pay any corporate taxes: “They are known for bankrolling conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party causes and became poster boys for corporate tax reform last year when an Obama Administration official suggested Koch is organized as an S Corp. and so pays no corporate level taxes.” The claim that the Koch brothers don´t pay corporate income taxes was first made by former White House official


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