Carrots help you see better at night myth

April 14, 2017

Carrots help you see better at night myth

Now let’s be honest. We’ll tell our children just about anything to get them to follow simple instructions or even more so to bribe them into eating their vegetables.

One, in particular, is that eating their carrots will allow them to see better at night. This myth has been a success for many years playing into the fears of young children who become fearful as night draws nigh.

This myth was, in fact, a British World War II propaganda which has victoriously persisted over the years.

The British Army built radar technology which was able to detect planes approaching in the dark. In order to keep this technology a “state secret” the British Ministry quickly developed the myth that their fighter pilots had developed “night vision” due to the absurd consumption of carrots and as a result were able to shoot down the German aircraft.

While this is a myth, there is, of course, some truth to the health benefits of eating carrots. Carrots contain beta-carotene which is absorbed by the body and turned into vitamin A, an essential vitamin that is good for our skin and immune system. Vitamin A is also great for our eyes, preventing cataracts and helping our eyes adjust rapidly from light to dark. Carrots, however, do not help people see in the dark as many have believed over the years. Carrots are not the only vegetable from which one can receive beta-carotene. Other sources include spinach, sweet potato, and squash.

In closing the body can only absorb a certain amount of Vitamin A so once the body has converted the Vitamin A it needs, it will stop. This is a good thing as too much Vitamin A can be toxic to the body and damaging to the liver.

Eat as many fresh vegetables as humanly possible as they have so many positive benefits, not just for your eyes but for your entire body.



Source:                   Straits Times:                        http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/food-myths-can-carrots-help-you-see-better

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