When I was a baby my mother always told me to make sure I finish all my carrots on my plate or else I would grow up having bad vision. Being the stubborn child I was, I never listened to my mother and refused to eat the carrots. As a child I never believed that eating any type of food could benefit your health, especially if it meant I’d have to eat vegetables. Currently, I have horrible vision and now question whether I should have listened to my mother as a child and eat the carrots. So, could carrots actually benefit your vision? In order to discover this question there are two possible hypothesis, the Null Hypothesis that nothing happens whether you eat carrots or not, or the Alternative Hypothesis that carrots do benefit your eye sight.
According to Medical Daily, in World War 2 British Air Force pilots would eat carrots in order to recognize their enemy in the night time. Although the radars were the only true reason why the British Air Force pilots would find their enemies, it was discovered that there was a nutrient in the carrot that did indeed help one’s eyes. According to Scientific American, carrots contain beta-carotene, but what exactly is beta-carotene? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, beta-carotene is a pigment found in plants and vegetables that often will give it the orange, red, or yellow look. When beta-carotene is consumed the pigment converts into Vitamin A, and which according to WebMD, Vitamin A helps increase vision. Even though beta-carotene helps increase your vision, it can help other health benefits too. According to WebMD, beta-carotene can help reduce asthma, cope with Alzheimers Disease, and even help with infertility. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant, which means that it protects your body. This would explain why beta-carotene benefits so many common health problems. So, carrots ultimately do help with just more than your eyes; however, are there any other ways to consume beta-carotene? According to Healthaliciousness website, beta-carotene can be found in other vegetables such as sweet potatoes, squash, and even cantaloupes. Even though beta-carotene is common in fruits and vegetables, another alternative for taking beta-carotene supplemental vitamins. So, if you do not enjoy eating your fruits and vegetables, a supplement is the perfect solution in order to make sure you get the correct amount of beta-carotene. All in all, the Alternative Hypothesis is correct, and carrots do benefit your eye sight.
To my surprise, carrots do help your vision, even if you have bad vision already, it can help improve your vision even to the slightest bit, so it is very important to eat them! However, this information helped me realize that there are so many other ways to help benefit your eyes. All in all, beta-carotene is a very important pigment that most certainly everyone should consume in order to help with not just ones eyes, but other major health effects. Since my eyes currently have horrible vision I intend to consume more food with beta-carotene in order to possible improve my vision to the slightest bit. So, I guess my mother was right – you definitely should eat your carrots.