When the British were rationing food and were low on sugar, they started encouraging citizens to use carrots as a replacement. There were recipes for everything from carrot pudding to carrot marmalade.
The press even started publishing stories about how carrots would help you see better during citywide blackouts — and how fighter pilots ate them to keep their vision sharp.
It all started out as a bit of propaganda. But now we’re learning that if you want to fight off the leading cause of age-related blindness, carrots really may be the best weapon you have.
According to a new study out of Harvard Medical School, researchers looked at the health records of 80,000 doctors and nurses over a nearly 25-year period.
It turns out that the doctors and nurses who ate the foods with the most carotenoids — including carrots — slashed their risk of age-related macular degeneration by a whopping 40 per cent.
Carotenoids are the pigments that give foods like carrots, oranges, tomatoes, broccoli and peas their bright colours. But they’re also a powerful antioxidant that can help fight off diseases.
And as a bonus, the people in the study who ate the most carotenoids had up to a 30 per cent lower risk of any serious illness.
It’s just more proof of why it’s so important to skip the fast food and load up on those veggies.
Add more carrots to your diet and you just may win your own war — against a disease that’s out to steal your sight.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Carrots do help ageing eyes, study says, nlm.nih.gov