Remember when your mom told you to eat your carrots because they are good for your eyes? It turns out she wasn't telling you an old wives' tale, after all. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. A lack of vitamin A is the leading cause of blindness in children. In both children and adults, the nutrient protects the cornea or front layer of the eye. Other foods rich in beta-carotene include sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, pumpkin, bell peppers, broccoli, butternut squash, dried apricots, cabbage, and avocado.
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