Eat Your Carrots!

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.

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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. 

 

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Takeaway

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.

Work Cited

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-carrots-improve-your-vision/

http://www.medicaldaily.com/pulse/eye-health-fact-or-fiction-does-vitamin-carrots-lead-2020-vision-314638

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-999-beta-carotene.aspx?activeingredientid=999&

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/supplement-guide-vitamin-a#1

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/betacarotene

https://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/natural-food-sources-of-beta-carotene.php

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http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html

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6 thoughts on “Eat Your Carrots!

  1. Derek William Drotman

    This is one of the best and most interesting blogs I have read. You incorporated a lot of facts which were backed up all claims and you used a ton of secondary research. To be honest, before reading this I would have accepted the null hypothesis because I didn’t think carrots actually affected your vision. Since more and more people are staring at screens all day, vision is getting worse amongst the average person. I think it is definitely worth the risk of increasing the amount of carrots one eats because it can actually save their vision. When researching this topic did you come across any cases where someones who almost lost their eye sight actually got it back after eating so many carrots?

  2. Mairead Donnard

    This was such a fascinating article to read! I never truly believed that carrots helped eyesight but going off the information that you provided, it definitely seems like they do. You said that for those who cannot stomach eating vegetables, they can get their suggested daily dose of beta-carotene through the intake of supplements. This statement definitely got me to thinking. When one takes a supplement, are they truly reaping all the benefits that that vitamin should be providing them with? Here is an article that you might find interesting: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrition-vitamins-11/help-vitamin-supplement
    The article discusses what vitamin and mineral supplements can and cannot do. I found it most interesting when the article talks about how some of these necessary vitamins and minerals cannot truly be replaced by a supplement.

  3. Daniel J Lehecka

    While carrots might help your eye sight, they aren’t going to make some miraculous difference. Getting a healthy diet full of all the necessary vitamins will do wonders for your life. I think you’ll notice it in your daily life, if you continually eat junk food and trash you will continue to feel worse about yourself. This article ( http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20621800,00.html ) describes the link between nutrition and mood, and I think it’s important. All in all, eating carrots is a good way to get some good nutrients into your body, but you shouldn’t stop there.

  4. Danielle Megan Sobel

    I hate carrots. They make my mouth itch, I hate the way they sound when you bite into them, and the color of them is completely repulsive to me. However, I understand the medical benefit to eating them and taking in the vitamins they include. My particular way to eat carrots is my putting them in other foods (smoothies, breads, soups) or by cooking them. By cooking the carrots, it eliminates the allergen that makes me allergic to them, it eliminates the crunchy sound, and they are at least a subdued orange color. Here is a recipe for my favorite bread that includes carrots in it for a healthy additive: http://www.athletefood.com/blog/2014/11/11/chocolate-chip-banana-bread (and chocolate)

  5. Lauren Eve Ribeiro

    I think it would have been interesting to compare a group of participants over time and see the results of eating carrots and or taking beta-carotene. For example, having both the experimental group and the control group take an eye examination at the beginning. Over time have the experimental group eat a certain amount of carrots regularly. At the end of the study have both the control group and the experimental group take eye examinations again and see the difference in the results. IT also would have been helpful if in your blog you had touched upon the fact if eating carrots once your vision is already bad is helpful. For example, my dad has pretty bad vision and has to wear glasses. If he eats a lot of carrots every day or take beta-carotene daily will this improve his prescription?

  6. Caroline Sorrentino

    Gulianna,
    This was a very interesting post! I remember hearing that from adults as a kid but it kind of fizzled away. This reminded me of how I could never eat carrots as a child (or up until this year for that matter) because I got an allergic reaction from them. My pediatrician said I would grow out of it and for the most part I have. When I ate things such as apples, carrots, celery, peaches, etc., my tongue would get very itchy and irritated and my neck would break out in hives. It was so awful because I was one of the rare kids that LOVED eating healthy! Being able to work these foods bad into my diet has been a challenge but also a blessing. This website describes my condition which is called Oral Allergy Syndrome.

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