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Ask Tufts Experts July 2007 Issue

Q: Is canned spinach just as good as fresh spinach to protect my vision?

Answer :  Scientists believe that eating lutein, a nutrient found in green vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli, may help prevent eyesight deterioration. It is believed that lutein protects against cataracts and agerelated macular degeneration (AMD), both of which cause loss of vision. According to Allen Taylor, PhD, director of the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research at Tufts’ Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the lutein content of spinach is not…

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