Fact or Fiction: Eating Carrots Will Improve Vision

February 21, 2017

 

We've all heard the saying, "An apple a day will keep the Doctor Away."  Will eating carrots have the same effect?  Before you rush off to buy your carrots in bulk, here are a few things to consider.

 

Vitamin A has been proven to contribute to eye health.  The cornea can disappear if the body does not have enough Vitamin A, and Vitamin A can help people to see under low light conditions.  So what are the best sources of Vitamin A?

 

Carrots indeed are a good source of Vitamin A.  However, so are many other foods like milk, fish, meat, egg yolks, and cheese.  In fact, liver and fish oils have the highest concentration of preformed Vitamin A, and eating too many carrots may change skin tones slightly orange.  

 

It should come as no surprise then that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends a healthy diet that includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, milk products, oils, seafood, and other nutrient-dense foods..[1]  And for those of you still wondering, yes, that includes a carrot or two.

References

1.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Vitamin A Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.

 

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