Did you know that the myth that carrots improve your eyesight may have its roots in a World War II propaganda campaign?
While carrots will not necessarily improve your eyesight (or give you superior night vision in battle), they do have their benefits. Carrots are packed with beta carotene and lutein, two antioxidants that prevent eye damage caused by free radicals.
Include them in your next meal plan with this flavourful recipe.
Did you know that those different coloured carrots you may have seen in the produce section can bring more of a nutritional punch than the standard orange variety? Studies show that purple carrots in particular are a higher source of alpha and beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. Getting enough Vitamin A in the diet is important, as deficiencies are known to cause night blindness.
Lutein, another nutrient found in carrots, has been shown to help prevent age-related macular degeneration.
Remember that carrots won’t improve existing eye diseases or complications, but a balanced diet can help prevent them. Adding whole roasted carrots to the menu, like the ones in the recipe below, can help to ensure that you’re getting these nutrients.
12 carrots (multicoloured or plain)
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoons of kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of minced dill or parsley
Whether you plate this dish alongside some proteins or other tasty options or simply enjoy it on its own, the savoury sweetness of this simple roasted carrot recipe is a perfect, nutritional addition to any meal.
For more eye-friendly recipes, check out the FYidoctors article recipe section.