Doctor Carrot – the Children’s best friend
Carrots are good for your eyes because they contain beta carotene, which is chock full of Vitamin A. But some believe that carrots are especially good for improving night vision. Where did that belief come from? Turns out it was a myth encouraged by the British Ministry of Information during World War 2.
British pilots had recently increased their ability to shoot down German planes at night, and authorities revealed that it was because the pilots were eating lots of carrots. Actually, the improved kill rate was due to a new, secret on-board technology called Airborne Interception Radar.
This "eat more carrots" propaganda might have helped hide the use of the new radar from the Germans, but it had another purpose – it encouraged citizens to grow and eat more carrots.
Due to the war, staple foods like sugar were scarce, and the government wanted to encourage the eating of home-grown vegetables in "Victory Gardens." The easy-to-grow carrot fit perfectly.
And, since the government had imposed citywide blackouts to prevent German bombers from easily seeing their targets, it made sense to promote carrots as a food that could help you see more easily in the dark.
Read the article, especially if you like carrots. And history: A WWII Propaganda Campaign Popularized the Myth That Carrots Help You See in the Dark, Smithsonian Magazine>>
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