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Vegetables that are good for your eyes
People used to believe that the macula pigment consisted of bètacaroteen, a substance which is present in carrots in large amounts. Nowadays people know the yellow mainly contains lutein and zeaxanthine. And these substances are present in green leaf vegetables in larger amounts. Kale, spinach and broccoli are the three most lutein rich foods, but rucola lettuce and white cabbage also contain lutein. Lutein and zeaxanthine stem from bètacaroteen. So it is true that carrots are good for you eyes.
A grown person should consume five milligrams of lutein per day. Patients with macula changes need around 10 milligrams per day. To achieve this, you should eat, for instance, 100 to 150 grammes of kale, spinach or broccoli per day. In comparison: to achieve the same results with carrots, a person would have to eat more than a kilo of carrots a day.
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