Did you know that your decorated eggs and rabbit carrots are actually good for your eyes?!
This myth started in the 1960s when pilots ate carrots when flying because they thought that carrots increased their night vision. Carrots and eggs, though they may not influence night vision as much as the pilots once thought, are extremely healthy for your retinas.
Carrots and egg yolks are loaded with lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. All three carotenoids are helpful to prevent macular degeneration. Both lutein and zeaxanthin can absorb harmful UV light to protect your macula. These compounds are not only found in carrots and egg yolks but also in peppers, peaches, and dark leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, etc.). Zeaxanthin and lutein also can reduce the risk of developing cataracts. Beta-carotene is a large source of Vitamin A. This vitamin is useful for our vision because it is used by the brain to see light. Beta-carotene is also used in the prevention of macular degeneration. This carotenoid can also be found in sweet potatoes, papayas, and red peppers.
It was once said that eating more than 3 eggs a week would increase the risk of developing high cholesterol; in 2006 a study showed that eating more then 3 eggs in one week not only increased the lutein and zeaxanthin levels but also did not affect cholesterol levels.
Eggs can also help with weight management, brain development, increasing energy, and are high in vitamins. Eggs keep you full longer because the protein in eggs controls the rate the body absorbs calories. Eggs also stimulate brain function and sustain high energy levels.
Though these carotenoids are found at high concentrations in carrots and eggs, vision will not always become better if you do not have vitamin A deficiencies (especially caused by poor diet or alcoholism).
This holiday you can now eat your bunny carrots and dyed Easter eggs knowing that you are helping your eyes too!
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