Baby carrots were invented in the early 80s and have been touted as the ultimate healthy snack but that is not completely true. They may be easy to eat and readily available but not necessarily healthy.
Below are some reasons that are sure to make you think twice before grabbing a bag of them.
- They’re not babies: The package might call them baby carrots but most are simply regular carrots that have been sliced into two-inch pieces that are then shaved, and polished down to that « baby » size.
- They don’t taste like the real thing: A simple side-by-side test can prove this. Baby carrots have a taste best described as factory fresh, which is completely different from actual carrot flavor.
- The baby-carrot industry is fixated on unrealistic beauty standards: Not every carrot can be modified to become baby carrots. When carrots arrive at the baby-carrot processing plant, they are quickly sorted. This means that those that are considered too fat or not straight enough are tossed away to become juice or animal fodder.
- They waste energy: Processing the carrots and making them perfect for packaging requires precise work usually left to machines that demand lots of energy to function. It all seems like a waste to try to beautify a product that was perfect in its natural form.
- They’re rinsed with chlorine: This is done before packaging to ensues with a weak chlorine solution to prevent “microbacterial contamination.” They get rinsed after the treatment but is that really enough to get rid of any lingering chemicals?
- They develop a weird white film and can get slimy: Since these carrots are entirely made up of cut sides, it is easier for them to dry out and develop carrot blush, a thin white film that forms due to dehydration. They can also get slimy if left inside the bag, even before it’s opened.
- They’re pretty expensive: The exact price usually varies based on the store, but, on average, a pound of regular carrots can cost about $1 while a pound of baby carrots costs anywhere between $1.30 and $1.50.
- It doesn’t take much time to cut your own carrots: Doing it yourself will help you enjoy more healthy carrots, save energy and money.