If you had a family like mine, we have all heard little fibs like “eating the crust will help you whistle” to make sure we did not waste any part of our sandwiches. However, other stories that we hear about are actually true, like carrots can increase out night vision. Whether or not our foods give us the power of night vision, foods can help promote healthy eyes. Our Doctors wants to help you determine the best foods for your healthy eyes…
Just like our body’s, our eyes need nutritious foods to keep our eyes healthy. The types of food you eat can affect our weight, energy levels, and risk of disease; however, the most import affect our Eye Exam Centre Doctors will talk about is food and our eye health.
There have been many studies that show that eggs and leafy greens contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These nutrients have been none to reduce your risk of eye diseases, like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in visual development and retinal function. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish play an important role in strong immune systems and brain function. You can find omega-3’s in many other foods, as well!
These foods are a great source of Ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin c. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which slows your progression of age-related macular degenerate, loss of visual acuity, and developing cataracts. Vitamin E, found in these foods, protects our eyes from “free radical” molecules that affect your healthy eye tissues.
The “helper molecule”, zinc, is used in most of our body processes. These processes include transporting vitamin A to the retina from your liver. Without zinc, the vitamin A you eat would be useless.
Carrots contain vitamin A which helps our eyes to convert light into your brainwaves. Vitamin A is necessary for the structure of the cornea. Some forms of blindness can be linked to vitamin A deficiency. Not only is vitamin A found in carrots, it is also found in broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, and more.
We were also told many other food facts, but how many of them are true? Eye Exam Centre Doctors want to help debunk these for you!
You were always told that the fresh foods were healthier than frozen foods; however, it is not entirely true. Food starts to lose high levels of nutrients as soon it is picked. Many of the food’s nutrients have been depleted by the time it reaches the grocery store due to travel time and temperature fluctuation. This means you loose valuable eye health nutrients.
Indeed, when raw veggies are squeezed they contain enzymes and when you heat the produce it is diminished. However, our bodies already make enough of these enzymes. Other than these enzymes, vegetables are filled with minerals and vitamins which are not affected by cooking.
Even 100% fruit juices contain large amounts of natural and added sugars. One serving of juice can be 3 times your daily amount. Drinking juices can also increase your appetite.
When cooked properly, the microwave can be a healthy way to retain nutrients. The microwave limits the cook time as well as the amounts of water. The more water that you use and the longer cook your food, you lose precious nutrients.
Recent studies by the National Academics of Science state that there is no scientific evidence that genetically modified food is unsafe.
Many people believe that eating breakfast is important. This can be true, depending on the type of food you are eating. If a person is eating a breakfast full of sugars, they are better off only drinking coffee or eat nothing at all. On the other hand, eating a breakfast that is full of protein can help you stay full longer.
Is it time for your annual eye exam? Are you having vision issues and need a comprehensive exam. It is time to schedule your appointment today!