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.