Frequently Asked Questions about JustCarrotsCan I take too much beta carotene?
Beta carotene is nontoxic and does not appear to affect health apart from strengthening the immune system. This in unlike synthetic vitamin A supplements, which can be toxic in large doses. People who take exceptionally large quantities of beta carotene may experience a change in skin tone known as carotenemia. This condition gives the skin a golden tone and is not harmful.
Are the carrots in AIM Just Carrots organically grown?
Because of varying regulations and environmental conditions, it is difficult to define "organic." Wind can blow chemicals from far away and acid rain can affect the soil of a field. Some states stipulate that no chemical products could have been used for two years on a field, and other states say three years, for crops grown on it to qualify as organic. The carrots for AIM Just Carrots are tested for pesticides and herbicides to ensure that AIM Just Carrots is residue-free.
What can you tell me about the processing used for AIM Just Carrots?
AIM Just Carrots uses a special three-step process. In this process, beneficial heat-sensitive enzymes are not destroyed. This has been validated by testing the enzyme activity of AIM Just Carrots when reconstituted in water.
AIM Just Carrots does not taste exactly like carrots. Why?
This is because the process does alter the taste. As stated above, we use this process to ensure that the carrots' nutrients remain intact. We feel that it is better to have a slightly different (but good!) taste and more nutrients than the same taste as carrot juice and fewer nutrients.
Haven't some studies indicated that beta carotene is bad for you?
Some of the media have mistakenly linked beta carotene to cancer. This is because, in the NCI's CARET study, beta carotene did not prevent cancer. However, this is not the whole story. The 14,254 participants in the study were smokers or former smokers and 4,060 had been exposed to asbestos on the job-two major causes of lung cancer. The smokers and former smokers had smoked at least a pack a day for 20 years or the equivalent. The other participants had extensive occupational asbestos exposure for 15 years. In other words, the participants in the study were in a very high-risk group for cancer. Also keep in mind that the vitamin A and beta carotene used in the study were in the form of synthetic supplements, and in the many epidemiological studies that show positive results, these vitamins were in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables.
What this test probably shows is that beta carotene did not prevent smokers and those exposed to asbestos from developing lung cancer; by the time they started taking beta carotene, they were probably well along the road to lung cancer. Some health practitioners caution that smokers should not use synthetic beta carotene.
We also should consider the years of positive results of beta carotene tests; the many human studies that show that beta carotene might, along with other substances found in plants, protect against tumors and heart disease; and the NCI's advice that, for those who wish to reduce their risk of cancer, it is prudent to adopt a low-fat diet containing plenty of fruits, vegetables, and grains. In other words, use natural products.