Benefits of Carrots
The carrot gets its characteristic and bright orange colour from β-carotene, which is metabolised into vitamin
A in humans when bile salts are present in the intestines. Massive overconsumption
of carrots can cause carotenosis, a benign condition in which the skin turns orange. Carrots are also rich in dietary fibre,
antioxidants, and minerals.
Lack of Vitamin
A can cause poor vision, including night vision, and vision can be restored by adding Vitamin
A back into the diet. An urban legend says eating large amounts of carrots will allow one
to see in the dark. The legend developed from stories of British gunners in World War II
who were able to shoot down German planes in the darkness of night. The legend arose during the Battle of Britain when the RAF circulated a story about their pilots' carrot
consumption as an attempt to cover up the discovery and effective use of radar technologies in engaging enemy planes, as
well as the use of red light (which does not destroy night vision) in aircraft instruments. It reinforced existing German folklore and helped to encourage Britons—looking to improve their night vision during
the blackouts—to grow and eat the vegetable. Ethnomedically,
the roots are used to treat digestive problems, intestinal
parasites, and tonsillitis or constipation.