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Do carrots really turn you orange,,,?


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Hey i was just wondering (kind of a dumb question)- if there was any truth behind the saying that if you eat too many carrots you'll turn orange or if it is just a food myth because i am a carrot lover. I can go through those 2 lbs bags of carrots in like 5 days easily and people keep on telling me I am going to turn orange so i was just wondering if there was actually any truth behind this... and if it is bad to be eating the amount of carrots that I do, like can you overdose on vitamin A or C because I've had days where the analysis says I've eaten like 1000% of my Daily needsEmbarassed

Thanks a lot for any replysSmile

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Yes, there is truth to that. Is it because of the beta-carotene content in carrots (vit A). Additionally you CAN overdose on Vit. A too since it is fat-soluble. This is not possible with Vit C because it is water soluble (means you pee out the excess if you eat too much). I am not sure how many carrots you have to eat before this happens but I know that it is ALOT. I got on a carrot kick once and was sure I was going to change color but never did.

yep, it can happen.  I don't know how much you have to eat-quite a bit, I'm sure.  It happened to a friend of mine some years back.  She was eating carrots like there were going out of style.  Also a weight thing.

 

No worries, you won't turn neon orange or anything like that. You will, notice a slight discoloration on the palms of your hands-at least she did.  

There are foods you could/should be eating as well.  Zeroing in on one food is never healthy-regardless of how healthy that one food is.  Our bodies need variety of nutrients, y'know. 

Ha Ha that is a legitimate question but that's funny.
Yes, years ago my brothers friend "juiced" carrots but he consumed alot.  Really he turned orange, I wouldnt have belieived it if I didnt see it.  He was also very tan so it was a tannish orange glow.

It is a fact that carrots can turn you orange. This is highly unlikely, however, since you would need to eat so many carrots to suffer from carotenosis. There are many benefits from eating carrots, so continue to eat them in good health and remember that your diet needs to be balanced.

As for the vitamin overdose, it is possible. If you are taking a multi-vitamin or eating other vitamin rich foods you should cut back on the carrots. If you are just looking for something guilt free to snack on, try jicama! It goes with anything and can also be enjoyed on its own. Add it to salads to help you get full faster. Eat some before a meal to help you cut down on your portions. It's great stuff, and won't turn you orange.

That's how my teachers figured out I had eating problems =\

Everyone kept commenting on how orange I was...and that was months ago.  I'm STILL pretty orange and I've cut WAY back.

I got pretty darn bright too

Yes, but I think you would have to eat a lot.  I had a friend that had terminal cancer, and in a desperate effort she did this all carrot diet. 50 lbs a month or so.  She turned very orange, but  possibly at least some of it was due to jaundice, hepatitis because her liver was beginning to shut down from the cancer.  It was to no avail and she did die from her cancer.

I can't think of any reason to eat that many carrots unless you are trying to teach a rabbit table manners. Cool

Sadly, I speak from experience when I say its true. Ive turned orange from eating too much pumpkin, sweet potato and carrots. Im also recovery from an eating disorder, and apparently my lack of body fat made the beta carotene get stored in my skin. It sucks though, its so embarrasing haha.

woah! thanks for all the replys!

I havent noticed any orange tinging yet so i guess im not consuming that manySmile

and the reason i eat so many carrots is purely because i enjoy the taste i do eat many other vegetables and fruits in fact because i just find there tastes exotic and intoxicating haha.

I'm so sorry to here about you friend fransen Frown but thank you for the insight.

I remember at work when we noticed it in a coworker. she loved carrots and as a result had it as part of her veggies every day for years upon years. where it was noticeable was on the palms of her hands. compared to others it definitely had an overall orange cast. She was blond, blue eyed so one would think it would show in her skin- if it did it was not that noticeable. it was more orange,but we only noticed because we were looking for that shade.

its true.

 

but i dont think you're eating too much of it.

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It happened to me. I had to pretty much stop eating sweet potatoes, and I cut back my carrot consumption from 7 days a week to 3-4 days a week. I didn't even notice it, my nutritionist did.

I'm a bit surprised to see comments saying that excess in beta-carotene can result in vitamin A overdose. This is NOT true.  It is true that beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A, but the body is smart enough not to convert it to vitamin A if there's no need. Yes, you do turn orange, but there is no risk of vitamin A overdose (too much of actual vitamin A from supplements CAN and WILL be harmful).

I'm not saying it's OK to consume several pounds of carrots daily, I'm just saying it will NOT result in vitamin A overdose.

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Original Post by maha-kisa:

I'm a bit surprised to see comments saying that excess in beta-carotene can result in vitamin A overdose. This is NOT true.  It is true that beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A, but the body is smart enough not to convert it to vitamin A if there's no need. Yes, you do turn orange, but there is no risk of vitamin A overdose (too much of actual vitamin A from supplements CAN and WILL be harmful).

I'm not saying it's OK to consume several pounds of carrots daily, I'm just saying it will NOT result in vitamin A overdose.

 Yeah you're right. But I think many people associate turning orange with being an overdose. 

Haha, ya..my mother went on weight watchers years ago and LIVED off of carrots. I was a first hand witness to seeing her skin change to a peachy orange.
jicama is a great idea thanks lovelylena68. I also love the fiber content of celery - keeps me full longer after a meal.
Wow, i'm definitely glad i'm not the only one that loves eating carrots that much! i've had some eating problems over the last year or so and grew to love carrots! Even though i portion almost all of my food, with baby carrots it was a must! I would eat a 2lb bag of baby carrots, the next day i would buy another bag and eat that bag in two days. Its a good low calorie snack so i didn't see the problem with it....... until my mom told me that i needed to stop as my face and hands were turning orange :)

i guess everything in moderation :)
But... I feed my bunny carrots everyday! And it's not orange! Tongue out
lol... that was cute :)
so,  i always eat a large carrot for lunch and dinner and often for snack too,  i eat it after my meal, it gives me the snacking and crunch i need and allows time for my stomache to recognize the other food i ate and feel full,  no one has ever told me i look ornange, i also eat oranges and sweet potatos,  if this is true i would be glowing like a monster
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