‘Tis the season for eating, drinking and generally being merrier than usual. It’s finally the time to put your diet aside and eat to your heart’s content! But did you know that unhealthy food choices that you put on your plate will not only take a toll on your waistline, it will also affect your eyesight?
Take into consideration what is not only appetizing to your eyes but also what’s good for them!
For starters (literally), you should go for raw vegetables as your appetizer. Veggies like raw carrots and broccoli are filled with antioxidants like beta-carotene which reduces the risk of developing cataracts, while broccoli has vitamin E, which is great for strengthening vision. Also, why not add a few nuts to your salad? These are a good source of Omega-3 and vitamin E and can add an extra crunch to your meal.
For your main dish, choose leaner meats like turkey, chicken, and fish! Turkey is rich in zinc, which helps the body absorb vitamin A. Turkey also contains niacin, which protects your eyes from cataracts. Fatty fish like salmon can also add some Omega-3 to your diet. Think you’re missing out on red meat? Don’t fret! Know that red meat contains selenium, which helps your body absorb vitamin E.
Got room for dessert? Skip the White Christmas and sugary treats and opt for fruits! These high-sugar snacks can result in damage to normal retinal blood vessels.
For drinks, fruit juices like orange and cranberry juice are a good choice, also the occasional wine because these contain antioxidants, too. Avoid sugary drinks like soda as they have no nutritional benefit and can cause an elevation in blood sugar which can lead to optic nerve damage.
Watch what you eat this Christmas season! Happy Holidays!