Carrots & Eyesight

Maybe it was Bugs Bunny or maybe it was the episode of Gilligan’s Island where Mrs. Howell eats radioactive carrots and gains supersight, but for most of my life it’s been a truism that eating carrots makes for good eyesight. Well…maybe.

*Correction: Mrs. Howell eats radioactive sugar beets and has incredible speed/energy. Mary Ann eats the carrots and gets amazing distance vision.*

Here’s a great blog post from the Smithsonian about WWII propaganda helped promote this idea. This poster is my favorite from their post, partially because it’s from the World Carrot Museum:

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