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February 7, 2011 - AOL Health
"Superfoods for Your Eyes"

HKI's Jennifer Nielsen, senior program manager for nutrition and health, was interviewed about the nutritional benefits of sweetpotatoes, especially for eye health:

"Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse for your eyes," [she] told AOL Health. "They contain high levels of beta-carotene (which is a carotenoid or a pigment) that the body converts into vitamin A. And vitamin A is essential for eye health and proven to prevent blindness in children." Keep in mind that there is a difference between sweet potatoes and yams. "For eye health, it's crucial to distinguish the sweet potato from the yam since a yam is only rich in vitamin C but not vitamin A," added Nielsen.

Other superfoods inlcuded almonds, leafy greens, orange juice, salmon, and oysters.

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