Senin, 03 Oktober 2011

Oompa Loompa Doompadee Doo

I have a friend who told me that she was on this kick whenall that she was eating was carrots . . . bags and bags of those little babycarrots.  She ate so many over a periodof a few weeks that she actually turned orange.

She must have looked like an Oompa Loompa with a glandularproblem . . . my friend is pretty tall.

Is it really possible that eating too many carrots can causeyour skin to turn orange-ish?  Yeah,actually it is.

It’s a condition called carotenosis . . . it is caused byeating a lot of foods that contain carotene . . . a red or yellow hydrocarbonpigment . . .  egg yolks, sweet potatoes,beets, a variety of leafy vegetables and, of course, carrots. Carotene buildsup in your bloodstream and most people turn a sickly yellow color resemblingjaundice. It’s rarely fatal . . . apparently you have to try really, reallyhard to die of carotenosis.

The good news is you just have to stop eating carrots toresume your normal hue.

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