It"s official: carrots do help you see in the dark

It"s official: carrots do help you see in the dark

Carrots actually do allow you to see in the dark, a study has found.

Carotenoids found in leafy green vegetables and coloured fruits play an important role in eyesight and have a positive effect on the retina, according to research.

The University of Georgia study, published in the Journal of Food Science by the Institute of Food Technologists, revealed that the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin play an important role in human vision and may also prevent age-related eye diseases.

The study"s lead author Dr Billy R Hammond Jr said: "It is clear that they could potentially improve vision through biological means. For example, a recent study suggests that the pigments protect the retina and lens and perhaps even help prevent age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataract."

Research from healthcare provider Simplyhealth recently rated fruits and vegetables highly in reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

by Adrian Galbreth

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