How many of you remember sitting at the dinner table as a kid with your parents and being told that eating carrots will improve your eyesight?
While there are definitely plenty of nutritional benefits to eating carrots, you’re not going to magically return to 20/20 vision if you up your intake, according to the American Chemical Society, a national chemists organization.
Carrots are a great source of Vitamin A, and have some Vitamin C as well. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, Vitamin A can help you see better in the dark, stimulates production of white blood cells, helps bone remodeling and regulates cell growth and division.
But for all their good, eating a truckload of carrots won’t improve your eyesight. Vitamin A is an important part of your eyes’ function, but the American Chemical Society says if you get enough of it in your regular diet there is no evidence getting more will improve your eyesight.
The society’s “Reactions” video series takes a look at how we came to believe carrots were magical eye-fixers– and how Vitamin A helps us see.