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Eggs Are for More Than Hunting

POSTED ON April 22, 2011

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As I strolled through the grocery store, I passed displays full of bright colored plastic eggs. I can only imagine all the Easter egg hunts that will take place this weekend. The surprise inside of a plastic egg may be fascinating to many, but have you ever thought about the benefits of a real egg? Eggs are good for more than decorating and do more than hold candy. Real eggs have benefits for your eye health too! The yolk of an egg contains lutein and zeaxanthin. These ...

As I strolled through the grocery store, I passed displays full of bright colored plastic eggs. I can only imagine all the Easter egg hunts that will take place this weekend.

The surprise inside of a plastic egg may be fascinating to many, but have you ever thought about the benefits of a real egg?

Eggs are good for more than decorating and do more than hold candy. Real eggs have benefits for your eye health too!

The yolk of an egg contains lutein and zeaxanthin. These two compounds are yellow pigments that occur naturally in many plants and vegetables. Although eggs aren’t the biggest source of these nutrients (like spinach is), they are still recommended by Indiana eye care doctors to improve your eye health. But watch out if you have high cholesterol – you’re better off with fruits and vegetables.

According to All About Vision, in addition to being found in many green leafy plants and colorful fruits and vegetables, lutein and zeaxanthin are found in high concentrations in the macula of the human eye, giving the macula its yellowish color. Lutein in the macula blocks blue light from reaching the retina, reducing the damage that could eventually lead to macular degeneration.

So when you’re filling plastic eggs with treats this Easter, Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates suggest grabbing a few real ones, too.

Happy Easter!

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