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A 70-year-old female asked:

why would a person crave raw carrots and the cause a problem if eaten in excess?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Raw carrot craving: I've run across a few reports of craving raw carrots in pregnancy. Also there was one report in british journal of addiction -- series of 3 patients who couldn't stop eating the carrots. They described their addiction as similar to cigarettes. See the abstract: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/1511232 if you eat enough carrots, the carotenoids could turn your skin yellow-orange.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Agree. But yellow-orange skin is not a permanent problem, just extra storage of the vitamins. If you cut down at that point, the yellow-orange color will fade.
Sep 8, 2013
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Provided original answer
Yes, it's correct that the yellow pigment will fade if excess carrot-crunching is stopped. The women in the study couldn't seem to do that, though.
Sep 8, 2013

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