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Carrots and Your Eye Health

So you’re saying that if I eat a bunch of carrots I’ll have perfect vision?  Not exactly, but eating carrots does improve your vision in some ways, thanks to the large amount of Vitamin A they contain.

Carrots are rich in what we call beta-carotene, an important precursor to vitamin A. Although keeping your vitamin A levels up may not increase your vision to a perfect 20/20, but it can help to convert the light that enters your eye into nerve signals which allows you to see better in lower light (dark) situations. On the other hand, extreme deficiencies in vitamin A can have detrimental effects on your vision, including blindness.

Carrots aren’t the only vegetable or food that contains a high source of beta-carotene.  Other orange-colored foods such as mangos, pumpkins, cantaloupes and sweet potatoes are also great sources of beta-carotene.  Fruits and veggies aside, this nutrient is also prevalent in dairy products such as milk and cheese, as well as egg yolks and liver.

Like other nutrients such as fat, sodium, cholesterol, etc., be careful how much beta-carotene-rich foods you eat.  Since beta-carotene is a pigment, it may cause your skin to become orange.  This hasn’t proven to be harmful, but we recommend consulting a doctor if this happens to make sure you’re consuming a balanced diet.