Carrots: Do they Really Help you See in the Dark?

Posted by Charlotte Miller on

Okay, it’s time for a bit of foodie myth busting!  We’ve all heard the one about carrots helping you see in the dark.  But is it really true? Well…. Yes and no.
 
You see, carrots contain vitamin A (AKA retinol), and if you’re deficient, your body won’t be able to synthesise rhodopsin - which is the pigment in your eyes that operates in low-light conditions. Essentially, vitamin A deficiency can cause night blindness.
 
So, if you were vitamin A deficient and started eating carrots, it could actually improve your night vision!  (But slow down – we’re talking back to normal visual acuity – not superhero style seeing-in-complete-darkness vision). 

Carrots are actually in season all through the year, and we use them in heaps our dishes in the We Feed You kitchen.  They’re also a great source of fibre, antioxidants and various vitamins and minerals (not just vitamin A) that support immune health and prevent chronic diseases. If you haven’t got a bag of carrots in the crisper, why on earth not!?

Many of our meals contain carrots and you can use our search function to find out which meals have carrots - if you really want to improve your night vision! 

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