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Can eating carrots actually improve your eyesight?

Can eating carrots actually improve your eyesight?

It’s spouted by countless parents trying to get their children to eat their veggies but are carrots actually good for eyes?

Well, the answer, like many things, is between a yes and a no. If you have less than perfect vision, carrots won’t improve your eyesight. However, carrots do contain beta-carotene, a substance that your body converts to vitamin A, which is good for your eyes. In fact, a diet with sufficient vitamin A, iron and other provitamins is vital for eye health and a deficiency can lead to night blindness and other eye problems.

So there does seem to be some truth to the old wives’ tale but if you eat a well-balanced diet then no amount of carrots will be improve your eyesight.

So what’s the conclusion? Chomping on those carrot sticks do benefit your eyes, but it doesn’t improve vision. That is unless you’re Vitamin A deficient then eating carrots (and other sources of vitamin A) can improve your night vision.