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Why You Should Be Eating Carrots and Other Fun Facts

Posted on June 13th, 2016

We’ve always been told to eat our carrots, right? To this day, we may still think that an extra helping can give us an extra boost to our eyesight. But is there any truth to the belief that carrots are good for your eyes?

The answer is: sort of. Carrots won't improve your vision per se, but the vitamins found in the vegetable can help to promote your overall eye health.

Carrots contain beta-carotene, a substance that the body converts to vitamin A, a key nutrient for eye health. Beta-carotene in itself is not an essential nutrient, but vitamin A is. An extreme lack of vitamin A can cause blindness. In fact, in the developing world, vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of blindness.

Vitamin A can prevent the formation of cataracts and macular degeneration, the world's leading cause of blindness. However, if your vision problems aren't related to vitamin A, your vision won't change no matter how many carrots you eat.

 

Did you know?
  • People first grew carrots as medicine, not food, for a variety of ailments.
  • A medium-size carrot has 25 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fiber. The veggie is an excellent source of vitamin A, providing more than 200% of your daily requirement in just one carrot. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a natural chemical that the body changes into vitamin A. The deeper orange the carrot, the more beta-carotene you’re getting.
  • The average person will consume nearly 11,000 carrots in a lifetime.
  • We think of carrots as being orange, but they can also be white, yellow, red, and purple.
  • The carrot is a member of the parsley family including species such as celery, parsnip, fennel, dill and coriander

 

While a diet rich in beta-carotene is a great way to be kind to your eyes, there are many more lifestyle choices that can promote long-term eye health. To speak with an optometrist to learn more, contact your local FYidoctors today.