A child asked me the other day whether carrots really were good for your eyesight! From the meaningful look her mum gave me I deduced that vegetables were something of a battle ground. I sympathise…one of my children is a vegetable refusnik too.
And the answer isn’t competely straightforward. Carrots won’t improve your visual acuity if you need spectacles. A diet rich in carrots won’t correct blindness or allow you to ditch your glasses. But carrots are immensely rich in the vitamins which promote overall eye health. They contain beta-carotene, a substance that the body converts to vitamin A and which is important in the production of retinol, which in turn is important in the production of the biochemicals which allow us to see in dim lighting conditions.
So yes kids, carrots are good for your eyesight, but so are liver, milk, eggs and fish oil.
And to finish here is a poem by the late great Shel Silverstein (I am a huge fan!)