Move over carrots, you’ve been riding on your reputation as the best food for eye health for too long. The incredible, edible egg is chock full of eye friendly antioxidants. It is true that carrots are high in the chemical family of carotenoids, but eggs yolks are high in lutein, a type of carotenoid that helps fight macular degeneration, the leading cause of legal blindness.
It is true that eggs don’t contain as much lutein as green leafy veggies, like kale and broccoli, but according to nutritional biochemist Elizabeth Johnson of Tufts, the body is able to absorb these antioxidants better from eggs.
Eggs are definitely a food to stop avoiding. They are good for brain function, as well asdieting since they provide a protein filled breakfast that keeps you full, which in turn prevents overeating later in the day. Now it seems, they are good for your eyes!
Fit’s Tip: Eating one egg a day is not considered unhealthy nor will an egg a day increase your risk for stroke or cardiovascular disease. The National Institute of Health found that the small adverse affect of cholesterol in an egg is counterbalanced by the effects of other nutrients including antioxidants, folate, and other B vitamins.