So, is the orange carrot a real natural vegetable or is it genetically modified / man-made?
Dr. Sebi was on point! He tried to tell everyone way back when about the hybridizing of so called "natural" foods like carrots. But it took many years for his teachings about the electric diet to become generally accepted by skeptics and critics.
No doubt about it, the carrot is an ancient root veggie - going way back to Asia and some say even to ancient Egypt. However it didn't look anything like it does today. They were usually purple or white. They still exist too, but it's rare to see them in the grocery stores, at least here in the US. They came in many other colors too, including black.
But, over the years carrots have undergone a myriad of genetic modifications and alterations at the hands of human beings. Most of which was for the sake of more orange-ness.
How Was The Orange Carrot Created?
Carrots themselves are ancient and naturally occurring, however the modern day, typical orange carrot is a man-made hybrid. Scientists and researchers have traced the carrot back to dinosaur times. According to the family tree of the carrot, it split with the grape around 113 million years ago and then split from the kiwi about 10 million years after that.
Then around about 1,100 years ago, farmers living in what is now modern day Afghanistan began to domesticate their white/purple carrots.
While domesticating the white, wild carrot, they turned it yellow. Six hundred years later in Europe, cultivation took another turn, and carrots deepened in hue from yellow to dark orange.
There are periods of European history where chemists and horticulturists were generously paid to develop various species of vegetables. The carrot is said to have begun as a mutation of the Asian purple carrot and was cultivated into the modern edible plant in the 16th century in the Netherlands. The Dutch were the dominate carrot breeders during this period. And today's typical carrots stem from the lineage of the 200-year-old Dutch carrots developed then.
It is also said that the carrot was made by hybridizing the Queen Anne’s Lace with the wild yam, and that this hybridization created a poisonous combination called the carrot. This sounds interesting but I haven't been able to find much evidence to support this. If you know more leave it in the comments below.
So What is A Hybrid Vegetable?
Hybrid foods are made by cross-breeding plants under controlled pollination. When you take 2 different, but compatible species of plant and only allow them receive pollen from one another, it produces a hybrid strain that shares characteristics from both species. Like a tangelo- which is a cross between a mandarin and a pomelo or a grapefruit.
To prevent "accidental cross-breeding" most hybrid crops are grown in separate fields from natural crops that could cross-pollinate with them. Hybrids, also known as genetically modified foods, constitute well over one half of all processed grocery store products in the US.
Why Do People Cross Pollinate / Breed Plants?
Main Reasons People Make Hybrid Foods:
to increase yield or productivity
to cultivate insect resistance
to lengthen shelf life
to shorten harvest times
to alter appearance
to alter flavor
to alter nutritional value
to achieve more desirability
Some nutritionists and scientists disagree on this.
The Late Great Holistic Healer Dr. Sebi taught that consuming ANY hybrid food is an automatic detriment to one's health over time. Dr. Sebi was the first person I ever heard diss carrots. He viewed certain foods as being "non-foods" if they were in anyway altered genetically by man. The philosophy of Dr. Sebi's electric diet is that is physically impossible to improve on nature. So, eating vegetables that have been genetically modified to increase their shelf life will have adverse effects on your body- because the "homeostasis" of the food has been altered from its purest original state.
Still - carrots are generally considered by most scientists to be highly beneficial to human health due to their high beta-carotene and fiber content. This root vegetable is also cited as a good source of antioxidants, vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.
Whether you should cut carrots out of your diet or not depends on your personal approach to health and what matters most to you. It seems that despite the hybridization, carrots of all colors have at least partially retained their nutrient content.
However - if you want an all electric food diet - you have to cut out carrots. According to Dr. Sebi - they've just been tampered with so much, that they might as well be junk food.
So have carrots been hybridized / man-made /genetically modified?
Are carrots bad for you?
I don't think they are bad for you, just maybe not as optimally healthy as they once were. Perhaps if you traveled in a time machine back to the days of the original carrot - it would probably be a lot more nutritionally potent than it is today. But then again who knows?
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