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The holidays are an amazing time for enjoying yourself and spending quality time with your family and friends. However, unfortunately, we tend to engage in a few unhealthy habits during the holiday season. While it is a time to enjoy yourself, there are ways to incorporate a few healthy habits as well. The good news is that there are some Thanksgiving foods that are actually great for your eye health. Take the advice of your Arlington optometrist and incorporate these healthy foods into your Thanksgiving meal and maybe you won’t feel as guilty about that second slice of pumpkin pie.
While turkey is often the centerpiece focus of the Thanksgiving meal, you’ll be happy to learn that this meat contains vitamins that promote eye health. Did you know that cataracts are the leading causes of vision loss in the United States? In your turkey you can find zinc and B-vitamin niacin, both of which are prone to help prevent the formation of cataracts.
Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Both of these are amazing for your eyes. Beta-carotene is what give sweet potatoes that rich orange color. Just having one serving of sweet potatoes you are getting almost twice the amount of Beta-carotene than the average person consumes in a day.
Pumpkin is full of vitamin A which is helpful in aiding your vision in low light. Just as sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene, so is pumpkin; giving it its rich orange color and you your healthy dose for eye health.
Carrots, just like their orange friend’s pumpkin and sweet potato, are also full of beta-carotene and vitamin A and great for your eyes.
Green beans are full of lutein and zeaxanthin. These two nutrients aid your eyes in helping protect the retina while prohibiting oxidative damage from blue light. This can help in the prevention of macular degeneration.
Cranberries are great antioxidants. They are filled with bioflavonoids and vitamin C. These nutrients are very helpful in protecting the eyes from free radical damage which occurs as a result of the boy’s natural metabolic processes as well as pollution.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time, enjoy your meal this year even more knowing that you’re promoting healthy vision for yourself and your loved ones. On top of incorporating eye-healthy foods into your diet, remember the importance of regularly visiting your eye doctor. This ensures that any potentially permanently damaging eye problems are caught before they can progress. First Eye Care is a trusted Arlington vision center that can help you and your family from seeing the doctor to picking out your new glasses. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.