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A WWII Propaganda Campaign Popularized the Myth That Carrots Help You See in the Dark | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian

The science is pretty sound that carrots, by virtue of their heavy dose of Vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene) , are good for your eye health. A 1998 Johns Hopkins study, as reported by the New York Times, even found that supplemental pills could reverse poor vision among those with a Vitamin A deficiency. But as John Stolarczyk knows all too well as curator of the World Carrot Museum , the truth has been stretched into a pervasive myth that carrots hold within a super-vegetable power: improving your night-time vision. But carrots cannot help you see better in the dark any more than eating blueberries will turn you blue .