To make kids less suspicious about vegetables, parents often feed them the old story of “carrots will spare them from corrective vision care” but are carrots really good for your eyes? Well, the answer is YES and NO. Carrots won’t improve your eyesight if you have below par vision. That’s a fact!! However the vitamins found in them can help promote overall eye health as it contains beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A – an important nutrient for eye health.
The truth is for centuries carrots have been connected with health benefits and was believed to cure anything from STD’s to snake bites. But it was during World War II that they became famed for aiding particularly night vision. During the war, the British Royal Air Force published a story which stated that their fighter pilots could thank a steady diet of carrots for their night flying exploits. Though eating carrots for the eyes made for a great story, it was actually just a propaganda put out to conceal the fact that the British Air Force was using radar to locate enemy bombers during the night. Although the propanga lent carrots a bit more repute than deserved, it’s no doubt that the vitamins it contains can promote overall eye health!