Holiday Dishes That Benefit Your Eyes? Yes, They Do Exist!
Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 12/13/2016
Choose your Christmas dishes wisely and you'll satisfy your palate while simultaneously helping out your eyes.
Serve up a side of carrots or pass them around as an hor d'oeuvre. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a version of vitamin A that boosts retina health as well as the functionality of other segments of the eye.
Load up those plates with leafy greens to improve eye health. Leafy greens are jam-packed with zeaxanthin and lutein, two powerful antioxidants that greatly decrease the odds of cataracts as well as macular degeneration. Examples of tasty and healthy leafy greens include spinach, kale and romaine lettuce.
Pumpkin: It's visually pleasing, tasty and surprisingly healthy. A single cup of mashed pumpkin has over 200 percent of suggested daily amount of vitamin A. This vitamin improves vision, especially in areas with minimal light. Pumpkins are also loaded with beta-carotene that the body transforms into additional vitamin A.
You can get even more beta-carotene by chowing down on some sweet potato during your Thanksgiving meal. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant as well as a carotenoid that improves night vision as well as general eyesight. Other foods that contain beta-carotene include collard greens and spinach.
Mix in some almonds as an appetizer or in your salad and your eyes will thank you. Almonds are loaded with vitamin E that hinders the onset of macular degeneration. All it takes is a single ounce of almonds to supply half the recommended daily value of vitamin E.
Just about everyone loves cranberry sauce. It tastes fantastic, has a unique texture and even improves eye health. Cranberry sauce's bioflavonoids lower the odds of macular degeneration and cataracts.
If you are on the prowl for more tips and tricks to improve eye health, Broome Optical has the answers. Schedule an appointment with our office and we'll educate you about the nuances of eye health and set you up with a new pair of glasses or contact lenses.