Since I was a little girl, my father has always told me to “eat carrots because I will be able to see better”. I HATE carrots, but when my dad tells me that my eyesight will improve as a result of eating these nasty veggies, I always force myself to eat a few a day. However, after looking into it, I found out that improving eyesight isn’t exactly what carrots do.
According to Web MD, carrots contain beta-carotene. With beta-carotene our bodies create vitamin A, and as many of you know Vitamin A helps to promote healthier eyes. People with anything less than perfect vision cannot consume carrots for perfect vision. However, the health of their eyes can be strengthened. So, in a way carrots are allowing you to see better, but in the sense that they are creating healthier eyes, not actually improving vision.
During my research on carrots and vision, I came across a story that I found rather interesting. I’ll share it below.
During World War Two the British Royal Air Force released a story that talked about how one of their top pilots ate a lot of carrots in order to have good vision. He was amazing at flying planes at night, and he said it was all due to the fact that he consumed a large amount of carrots. As a result of the story, many British people started eating more carrots. Although the story published was strictly propaganda to conceal the fact that they were using radar, it is most likely the reason why so many people think carrots allow you to see better today.