Slice and Dice Avocados for Vision, Brain Health

Eat more carrots. That’s sound advice for getting the nutrients you need to protect your vision.

But is there a fruit that can boost eye health and provide other protective benefits?

How about avocados? Yes, it’s a fruit. But aren’t avocados just for enjoying with salad, chips, and making guacamole dip.

In fact, researchers at Tufts University recently found that lutein in avocados can help increase “lutein levels in plasma and in the macular of the eyes.”

Researchers also found that people who ate one avocado a day for six months also scored significantly better on brain and memory tests than people who ate potatoes or chickpeas instead of avocados.

In a separate study at the University of Illinois, researchers found that consuming higher levels of lutein may help prevent age-related memory loss and cognitive decline.

Protect your vision and keep your brain healthy as you age.

Those are two good reasons to get more lutein in your diet from foods like spinach, kale, broccoli, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes, and of course avocados.

If you’re looking for an easy way to enjoy avocados, try this recipe:

Salmon Caponata with Salad 
1 Salmon Caponata entrée
1 bag of baby spinach
1 large yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 cup cucumber, sliced
1 avocado, diced
Vinaigrette/Italian Dressing or your favorite salad dressing

1. Combine the spinach, bell pepper, cucumber, avocado, and dressing in a large bowl. Mix well.
2. Prepare the Salmon Caponata in the oven or microwave as directed.
3. Enjoy (Serves 2 to 4 people).

And if you’re looking for other healthy foods choices and vegetables high in lutein to protect your vision and keep your brain healthy, check out the selection of 20-plus Low-Carbohydrate meals, all made from fresh ingredients.