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Eyefoods Tips: Orange Peppers

Eyefoods TipsLaurie Capogna

Eat 2 orange peppers per week, 2 ways – raw and cooked

  • Orange peppers are one of the best food sources of that macular pigment zeaxanthin.
  • They make a great addition to salads and stir fry’s.

Orange peppers have the highest amount of eye nutrients of all of the coloured peppers! They are an all-star Eyefood!

Orange peppers are one of the best food sources of zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin along with lutein is a macular pigment that may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.  Half of an orange pepper contains approximately 2mg of zeaxanthin, the amount present in AREDS 2 used for prevention of AMD.

Orange peppers are a great source of antioxidants. They contain more vitamin C than all other colored peppers as well as over 3 times the amount of vitamin C in an orange. They are also the highest vegetable source of vitamin E, making them a great low calorie source of vitamin E as it is more commonly found in fats and oils.

 

Here’s some great ways to incorporate this Eyefood into your diet:

  • Add chopped peppers to a spinach or bean salad.
  • Sauté orange, yellow and red peppers with skinless boneless turkey breast.
  •  Enjoy raw as a snack.
  • Add chopped orange peppers to your omelet.