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FACT or FICTION? Carrots are good for your eyes.
Answer : FACT
Yes, carrots are good for your eyes. Carrots contain beta-carotene, a substance that your body converts to vitamin A, an important nutrient for your eye health. However, eating a lot of carrots will not improve your vision to the point that you do not need to wear eyeglasses or contacts.
Carrots became associated with vision during World War II, when the British Royal Air Force published a story that said skilled fighter pilot John "Cats' Eyes" Cunningham could thank a steady diet of carrots for his night vision flying. In response to the story, many British people began to grow and eat more carrots. They wanted to improve their vision so that they could see better during the compulsory blackouts that were common during World War II. Although this made for a great story, it was, in fact, propaganda put out to conceal the fact that the Royal Air Force was actually using radar to locate bombers during the night.
Carrots aren't the only vegetable that contain the essential beta-carotene that can help your eyes. Other orange-colored foods, such as sweet potatoes, mango, pumpkins, apricots and cantaloupe, are also sources of beta-carotene. This nutrient can also be found in dairy products like milk and cheese as well as egg, yolks and liver.
In addition to beta-carotene, carrots also contain lutein, an antioxidant. Foods rich in lutein have been found to protect your retina and lower your risk for macular degeneration. In addition to carrots, spinach, kale, Swiss chard and dark, leafy greens also contain lutein.
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