Chemist Chad Jones of The Collapsed Wavefunction podcast appeared in a recent episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions to answer the question “Do Carrots Make You See Better?”
In the episode, Jones explains the World War II origins of the myth that eating a lot of carrots improves eyesight as well as the chemistry of how carrots, among other foods rich in beta-carotene, actually do help eye health, though not to the degree some people may think.
You heard it from your mom over and over again. “Eat your carrots, they’ll help you see better!” So is it true? We teamed up with chemist Chad Jones, host of the Collapsed Wavefunction podcast, to crack the carrot case wide open.