Eating vegetables is extremely important for people of all ages, and baby carrots in particular are a popular snack, especially with children. What you might not know, however, is that these delicious veggies might not be so good for you after all.
According to American Web Media, the original idea for baby carrots came in the mid-80s after a farmer realized he was throwing away too many short carrots that he couldn't send to grocery stores. He decided to peel these small carrots, shave them down to bite size and market them as a snack.
In modern times, however, baby carrots are much different. Today, most baby carrots are bathed in chlorine before being packaged so that they are clean of any germs that might be on the equipment that shaves and cuts them.
It's important to look out for any evidence that baby carrots have been washed with chlorine, and avoid such carrots at all costs. Look for ones that are natural and you won't need to worry.
Many readers said they did not care that some baby carrots were bathed in chlorine and said they'd eat them anyway.
"Not gonna stop eating baby carrots because of this!" one Newsiosity reader commented on the site's Facebook page.
"Nothing is wrong with eating baby carrots. They are made from whole carrot that don't grade out to be sold. Nothing wrong with them except the grower would have to discard thereby losing money," another added. "A farmer devised a way of cutting the whole carrots into equal sizes and selling them as baby carrots. They are still safe and great to eat even though they may be slightly less nutritious. Good video just not the whole truth."
In related news, sales figures from New Zealand show that carrot prices in the country increased by 50 percent from the year before. The cause of such an increase was likely a smaller yield due to weather.
Carrot grower Sue Deadman said she hadn't seen such a small yield in a long time.
"We sometimes get patches where it's quite damp … but this year it was consistently wet and you might have got the odd fine day in between," she told New Zealand news site Stuff.
Some readers questioned the price jump and how it was related to a smaller stock.
"How is pushing the price of basic food staples helping anyone other than the growers. It is already hard enough to get good fruit and veges cheap enough to feed families. I know that we fund the export markets for a lot of our produce. This is usually the better quality stuff, and it goes directly overseas, with a very cheap price. In a city in germany you can pick up lots of kiwi apples, kiwifruit, and other produce for about 10c per kg....yes 10c so how come we cant. I like to feed my family fresh fruit and veges, locally grown if possible, but sadly its getting harder to do. I will be going to frozen soon if this trend keeps happening," one reader commented.