Ask the experts: Eating carrots

Q: "If I eat lots of carrots, will my skin turn orange?"

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A: Our nutritionist, Rose Carr advises:

"Quite possibly! There's even a name for it – carotenemia, which means you have high levels of carotene in the blood. But you'd have to really like carrots to eat enough to do that. Or you could drink carrot juice several times a day (probably easier to do). Carotenemia won't kill you – but you'll look a bit odd. Cut down on your consumption and your skin will return to normal."

First published: Apr 2005

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