07.04.2009

Presidential garden to include vegetables for eye health

Presidential garden to include vegetables for eye health

By Emily Tait

Vegetables grown in the White House garden will include ones that will help to keep the presidential family"s eyes healthy, it has been stated.

Writing for the Huffington Post, Dr Patricia Fitzgerald cited a farmfed.com report which said that one of the vegetables that will be home-grown there is kale.

She explained that kale contains betacarotene, zeaxanthine and lutein, which are necessary for good eye health.

Romaine lettuce and carrots, both sources of betacarotene, are also on the list, along with Swiss chard.

Professor Ian Grierson of the University of Liverpool recently spoke to the Daily Mail about the necessary nutrients for good eye health.

He pointed out the need for vitamin E in order to guard against cataracts and damage caused by UV rays, as well as vitamin C to help prevent certain diseases.

According to Ms Fitzgerald"s report, the presidential family will also be growing onions, rhubarb and broccoli for vitamin C, while the spinach will provide this and vitamin E.

by Alexa Kaczka


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