To help deflect criticism from the cholesterol content of their product, the egg industry touts the benefits of two phytonutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, that have indeed been shown to be beneficial in protecting one’s eyesight against vision threatening conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. But how do eggs stack up against plant-based sources?
The egg industry loves to boast that eggs have these two compounds, lutein and zeaxanthin, that appear so protective against cataracts and macular degeneration. What the industry does is feed hens yellow corn, alfalfa, even marigold petals, anything to boost the egg content up to 166 mcg per large egg. So, they say, don't worry about about that whole cholesterol thing, eat eggs to protect your sight.
Eggs can actually have up to 250, a cup of carrots, though, has over 1,000. A single serving of collard greens closer to 15,000 and a serving of kale tops the chart at nearly 24,000.
One spoonful of spinach has as much as 9 eggs. For eye protection, the recommendation is to get 10,000 a day. So that’s like a third cup spinach or, 40 eggs, More than 3 cartons of eggs a day, every day.
That’s nutrition unscrambled?
Here are the top ten sources of these critical eyesight-saving nutrients. All greens. Eggs don’t even make the top 100 food sources. To get to eggs you have to scroll down a couple pages, and according to the USDA, come in right behind, Captain crunch with crunchberries.
There are more phtyonutrients in crunchberries than there are in eggs.
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For some more context, check out my associated blog posts: Preserving Vision Through Diet, Bad Egg, Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk, 98% of American Diets Potassium Deficient, Prevent Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary, Eggs, Cigarettes, and Atherosclerosis, and Why Are Eggs Linked to Cancer Progression?