More about Vegetables and Vision

29 Apr

In the last article, it was noted that carrots are indeed excellent for your eyes but that most eye doctors tend to recommend green leafy vegetables rather than carrots. The key ingredient in carrots that benefits vision is beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the stomach. Vitamin A is essential to the body’s manufacture of retinol, which is absolutely critical to vision.

The top ten foods with the most vitamin A or carotene compounds are, in order:

  1. Liver
  2. Carrots
  3. Broccoli leaves
  4. Sweet potatoes
  5. Butter
  6. Kale
  7. Spinach
  8. Pumpkin
  9. Collard greens
  10. Cheddar cheese

Liver contains so much vitamin A that eating too much can make be toxic. It also contains high levels of fat and carbohydrates. Carrots are simply loaded with vitamin A and dietary fiber but not much else. Butter contains a high amount of fat and is extremely caloric. On the other hand, broccoli leaves, kale, spinach and collard greens not only contain whooping doses of carotene, they are also low in calories, low in fat, high in dietary fiber, high in iron and calcium, and very high in vitamin C, lutein, folic acid and Vitamin K.

So be sure to eat your carrots but also be sure to eat your collard green and spinach.

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