Why Your Carrots Really Should Be Organic Carrots


Organic carrotsCarrots are a very healthy food but they have a big problem if they are conventionally grown carrots and not organic. This page explains why organic carrots are the best kind of carrots if you value your health.

The very same reason that makes carrots so nutritious – their ability to absorb up so many nutrients from the soil – is also the reason why they are so good at absorbing up pesticides and even heavy metals from the ground they’re in.

A farmer who was a friend of the family once told me that when they are having trouble growing vegetables in a field, they put carrots in for a season and they’ll absorb up all the ‘crap’ from the ground so other vegetables can grow again.

He said these carrots went for stock feed, but I doubt that’s always the case. Ever since then I’ve always bought organic carrots.

Pesticides in Conventionally Grown Carrots

I really don’t want to scare off anyone from eating carrots because they’re so healthy, but unfortunately they also tend to absorb pesticides from the soil they are grown in.

Peeling will help, as the peel has by far the highest concentration of pesticides. Even when peeled though, testing shows conventionally grown carrots often contain a wide variety of pesticide residues.

Some of these pesticides are pretty nasty too. Some are known carcinogens and neurotoxins as well as suspected hormone disruptors.

A few have being banned for being too dangerous, but are still turning up in testing years and even decades later. Others are said to be tolerable at certain levels, but the truth is we don’t really know what they do and how they accumulate in the body. I for one don’t want to take the chance.

The Environmental Working Group publishes a guide every year to the ‘dirty dozen’ of fruit and vegetables with the highest pesticide load. Anything on this list is really worth considering buying organic, or at very least washing very well (perhaps with some vinegar, which is said to be good at removing all kinds of residues).

The Benefits of Organic Carrots

Some fruits and vegetables really are a lot more expensive for the organic versions, but this usually isn’t the case with carrots. It’s really is worth the little more to buy organic carrots.

As a bonus, organic carrots shouldn’t need to be peeled and the peel does contain a lot of the health nutrients. Best of all, I think you’ll find they taste far better too.

For and even better way to enjoy your carrots try juicing them. This is a quick and delicious way to get lots of beneficial nutrition for healthy skin and eyes with organic carrots.

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Bets

I knew there was a very good reason why I was spending more for Organic Carrots. And because I’ve grown to really love cut-up carrots mixed with salt & coconut oil then baked – I wanted to know why I was peeling them….
And that is how I found your website.

So now I can eat more carrots – because I was getting tired of having to peel those great tasting carrots.

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    Jim

    That’s right. You shouldn’t have to peel organic carrots, just give them a good scrub. Peeling non-organic carrots doesn’t help anyway as described in the article.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Martin

They really do taste better too. My son always eats organic carrots but on the rare occasion we have non-organic he’s not that keen. He’s 2!

And like the article says, they’re not really much more expensive. We try to buy organic as much as possible now. People spend money on fags, drink, going out, takeaways etc. Why not just sacrifice a few tiny things and add a little to your shopping bill for the sake of your health.

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    Jim

    I agree Martin. It’s definitely worth getting organic carrots as heavy metals and pesticides are not something you want to be putting in your body.

    All the best,

    Jim

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