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Edible Lilac Flowers

Lilac blossum
Some people are drawn to eat flowers. It turns out that flower eaters are attracted to the color of the flowers. This turns out to be a good thing because flower color is often provided by pigments called carotenoids (think of carrots). Carotenoids are nutritious. One carotenoid pigment called lutein is able protect the eyes and reduce the risk for macular degeneration of the eye. Is it just a coincidence that we are attracted to foods that are also good for us?

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