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Why Kale and Carrots Should Be Properly Dressed

The right fats increase your carotenoid absorption by 800 percent

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You know you need to eat your carrots—not to mention your leafy greens like kale and spinach. Even if you don’t like them, you know you should eat them because these veggies are laden with carotenoids: powerful antioxidants that prevent premature aging caused by free radicals. For example, frequently exposing your eyes to blue light—which occurs naturally but is also emitted by energy-saving bulbs and can be absorbed by reading online—catalyzes free radical production in the sensitive parts of your eye, causing damage and possibly leading to macular degeneration and other eye diseases. The carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin absorb blue light in sensitive parts of your inner eye and prevent damage. Other carotenoids, like neoxanthin and violaxanthin in spinach, are widely anticarcinogenic, and lycopene in tomatoes has been shown to prevent prostate cancer. But you knew that.Now here’s something you may not know—and may be preventing you from getting the full benefit of the veggies you eat: Carotenoids dissolve in fat rather than water. That means your gastrointestinal tract absorbs them far better when th …

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