Are carrots really good for your eyesight?

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Carrots have long been touted for their efficacy in improving eyesight, and generations of kids have been admonished to not leave them on their plates lest they end up needing glasses. But are carrots the sight-boosters popular wisdom asserts them to be? There is at least a bit of something to the carrots/vision presumption: Beta-carotene, which is found in the vegetable, may help reduce the risk of cataract and macular degeneration. However, it needs be pointed out that studies which have posited this link used doses of Vitamin A or beta-carotene that were higher than what is found in the standard diet. It would be quite difficult to eat the requisite number of carrots to match this level of intake. Also, among those who suffer a Vitamin A deficiency, nyctanopia (also known as nyctalopia or night blindness; the inability to see well in poor light) can be at least somewhat helped by adding carrots to the sufferer's diet.

Megadosing with Vitamin A, however, is a bad idea. Large doses of Vitamin A can be toxic, and though such an overdose rarely kills, it has on at least a few occasions. Also, too much beta-carotene will result in carotenemia, a condition that turns skin yellow or orange. Normal coloration returns once the increased intake of beta-carotene is reduced.
 

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Carrot contains Vitamin A, Potassium, Carbohydrates, and fiber. They are said to contain minimal calorie which means it cannot make you gain weight and it is good for your body as you work out. Carrot is not only good for our eyesight, because it contains more to it that can provide the missing nutrients in our body. If you are working out then drinking carrot juice is a healthy choice for you.
 

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Another miracle brought to you by the 1950s health gurus lol... so much junk health and nutrition science from back then. Carrots contribute.. just like every other whole food. No, nobody will be guaranteed good eyesight with the consumption of carrots. But a plant based diet will give you better odds and MUCH better health regardless.
 

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I eat a lot of carrots. Carrots and peas are one of my major side dishes for dinner. And I'm getting blinder by the day.
 

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Carrots are good because they contain beta carotene which is good for eye health. The essential component beta carotene can also help to boost the immune system among other great qualities.