That carrots are good for your eyes, it is a flying decision. But is it true as well? Eight of the questions about the root causes, Alida Melse-Boonstra, a senior lecturer at the university of florida and a specialist in vitamin deficiencies.
Are carrots good for your eyes?
“Found In carrots is beta-carotene. This substance is converted into vitamin A. This vitamin is very important for the proper functioning of the eyes. The roots contain a very high concentration of beta-carotene, which is they are your eyes and contributing to good line of sight.”
What happens if there is a lack of vitamin A?
“If a person does not have enough vitamin A to get, your eyes are bad. The first sign of a vitamin a deficiency is night-blindness. If there is no action, there will be scarring on your cornea, so you get worse, go see it. This could eventually lead to fabric blinding. Eating carrots can be bad, can see to prevent it.”
How big is the risk of such a shortage?
“Vitamin A and belongs to the vitamins which are people in the world to be the most lacking. A deficiency of vitamin a is the leading cause of blindness in children in developing countries. In the Netherlands, you do not run the quick risk of developing a deficiency of vitamin A in our diet is varied it is. In addition, in our country, vitamin A is added to margarines and spreads.”
Can you get roots to eat for your eyesight to improve?
“If you find that you are nachtblind can be solved by, for example, a nutritional supplement from vitamin A to take. The roots of food can also contribute, but to be a supplement to work may be quicker and easier. If the scar is already on your cornea, it may not be fixed with a vitamin.”
Does it really matter how you get to the roots to eat?
“Yes, the body absorbs less of the beta-carotene from raw carrots. That is why carrot juice drink, the better. Because the roots are damaged, the beta-carotene will no longer be ‘trapped’. Roots cooked for food, may work well, but because of the heat, there is less beta-carotene, in the roots of the plant.”
“It’s a good idea to check the roots, with some fat added to the food, such as butter or olive oil. Fat helps in the better absorption. As you can see, fat is not all negative all the time.”
Carrot juice makes for a rapid intake of beta-carotene. (Image: 123RF)
How many carrots should you eat?
“If you are 100 to 250 grams of cooked carrots to eat in a day, you’ll get plenty of vitamin A in. Of the product is about 50 to 100 ml. The raw root, is that it is 150 to 200 grams.”
You also have to be a lot of carrots to eat?
“No, no, our body regulates how much beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A. too much is just going to brake it. But what a lot of people don’t know is that you’re orange, you can color it if you have too many carrots to eat. A normal volume of gives you get a healthy tan, but a lot of carrots, your skin is really orange. The beta-carotene is stored your skin.”
There are foods are good for your eyes?
“There’s a lot of vitamin A is found in meat and especially liver is loaded with them. All the orange fruits contain beta-carotene such as mangoes and pumpkin. Also, a tourist attraction and contribute to vitamin A. in Addition, green leafy vegetables, such as kale. But carrots contain the most beta-carotene.”
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