Do carrots really boost night vision?
Many of us in the world believe that eating carrots can boost our night vision. This saying is very ancient, and many of us believe this saying without giving it any second thought. Perhaps, it is one of the greatest food myths.
Dr. Paul Beaumont, the director of the Macular Degeneration (MD) Foundation, is studying human retinas since 1976, says that the carrot myth was started in World War II. Sydney Morning Herald quoted Dr. Paul Beaumont, "when the English were flying at night they used radar but the Germans didn't know that radar existed." He says,” The English didn't want the Germans to know about their flying, so they put out a myth saying they were feeding their pilots carrots to improve their night vision and that's why they could fly and see things at night.” The Macular Degeneration (MD) Foundation has released a cookbook, “Eating for Eye Health”- outlining the connection between what we eat and our eyesight. The cookbook has recipes full of lutein-rich food like spinach, corn and egg yolks. Dr. Beaumont said that the lutein helps in protecting the eye from sight-damaging light that causes macular degeneration and blindness, while the foods which are rich in beta-carotene, like carrots can damage the eye's protective shield. It doubles a person’s risk of contracting the macular degeneration disease and blindness.
Interesting…isn’t it? And to those who were scratching their heads about their night vision despite stuffing themselves with carrot- don’t worry, carrots have a bunch of other benefits and is one of the healthiest foods. So, night vision or not…keep munching carrots – they at least boost our regular vision!
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