What’s the Deal With Carrots and Your Eyesight?
According to the now-defunct U.K. Ministry of Food, the effectiveness of the British Air Force in World War II lies behind the pilots and their steady diet of carrots. This encouraged civilians to eat more locally grown carrots and vegetables to help them develop the eagle eye they assumed these pilots had.
This tall tale had significance and held influence among people since World War II and has carried on through today’s belief that “carrots improve your eyesight,” but there still lies the question...
Do carrots really improve your eyesight?
Well, the U.K. Ministry wasn’t completely wrong in their statement because carrots have been proven to optimize night vision. The real answer here lies with Vitamin A found in carrots.
In low-light environments, vitamin A does a lot of the heavy lifting in how your eyes convert light into a readable signal for your brain. In addition, vitamin A helps keep your corneas clear, preventing them from clouding and essentially leading to blindness.
Here at Baked Smart Cookie, we use carrots in our healthy cookie. With seven other major superfoods used, we have put together one delicious, healthy, and chocolatey cookie for you and your family that tastes better than the competition. To make things better, our healthy cookie is non-GMO and vegan friendly!
So What are the Benefits That Carrots Provide?
1. Vitamins and Minerals
Just like many other fruits and vegetables, carrots hold various vitamins and minerals including:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K1
- Vitamin B6
Carrots also have carotenoids such as beta carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, and lycopene, all of which can improve your immune system, act as antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Reduced Risk of Cancer
Diets rich in carotenoids may be able to help protect against various types of cancers such as prostate, colon, and stomach cancers. More specifically, women with high levels of carotenoids may also have a reduced risk of breast cancer.
3. Weight Loss
Just like many other healthy foods, carrots are low-calorie and have a high-water content. This then allows your body to feel fuller and not over exceed your required calorie intake. This is important when trying to lose weight and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle.
4. Budget Friendly
At 23 cents a cup, carrots rank as one of the thriftiest vegetables you can grab at the grocery store. This is important to note since eating healthy can be costly, especially when you have a family of four or more to feed and when you are on a budget.
Have Stubborn Kids Who Won’t Eat Vegetables?
We at Baked Smart Cookie understand how difficult it can be when you have kids who won’t eat vegetables.
But everyone loves cookies. Kids need fun and flavor, and we’ve achieved just that.
We packed eight different fruits and veggies into each cookie to deliver those nutrients their bodies need while satisfying their sweet tooths. And if you want them to incorporate more of the good stuff into their diet, we wrote a blog for that, too!
We aren’t saying that all kids need is only one of our awesome Baked Smart Cookies, but subbing out those other unhealthy ones sitting in the pantry right now with one of our healthy AND flavorful ones will only give them more of what they need to grow up strong.
So what’re you waiting for? Kick out those counterfeit confections and grab a box of Baked Smart Cookie today!