Nutritional research suggests that the more green, leafy vegetables you eat, the healthier your eyes and vision will be. Broccoli is a great natural source of dietary fiber, vitamins C, E, K and A along with other antioxidants such as carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin), beta-carotene, manganese and zinc in beneficial amounts.
Antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, found in the pigment that produces the dark green color in these types of vegetables, are also found in the retina of the eye. Studies have shown that by eating a diet rich in lutein and zeaxanthin will increase the amount of pigment found in the macula –the central area of the retina. More pigment means more protection against eye disease such as macular degeneration!
To maintain healthy retinas, try out this yummy broccoli recipe submitted by Erica Lashbrook, Patient Service Specialist at Mulqueeny Eye Centers!
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water. Place pasta in a large serving bowl, add broccoli, bacon, cheese, onion and toss to combine. Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar together, whisk until smooth. Pour over salad and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper, chill and serve.
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