Thursday, January 23, 2014

Eat Your Orange Peppers!

An all-star Eyefood, orange peppers are one of the best food sources of zeaxanthin. In fact, ½ orange pepper contains approximately 2mg of this macular pigment, the daily amount currently being investigated in AREDS 2 for its effects on the prevention of AMD.

Orange peppers are also a great source of vitamin C, containing more of this

vitamin than the green, red and yellow varieties. This tasty vegetable also beats out citrus fruit in this category containing over three times the amount of vitamin C than an orange.

With higher levels of vitamin E than other vegetables, orange peppers are an excellent low-calorie source of this anti-oxidant, which is more commonly obtained from fat and oils.

The Eyefoods plan recommends eating 2 orange peppers per week to help maintain healthy eyes. With their appealing taste to both kids and adults alike, their versatility in the kitchen and the fact that they are readily available in all supermarkets, orange peppers are a simple addition to any family’s diet.

In the not so distant future, we hope that an entire generation of parents will be telling their children to “Eat your orange peppers.”  

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