As you prepare to hit the Thanksgiving table on Thursday, make sure your plate includes foods that serve a dual purpose – tasting delicious and keeping your eyes healthy! Here are some of our favorites:
- Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes & Carrots: Beta carotene, the organic orange pigment in pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots, is a carotenoid that promotes retina health and overall good eyesight. It also helps protect against cataracts, and people who ingest high amounts have a reduced need for cataract surgery.
- Green Beans, Asparagus, Spinach, and Brussel Sprouts: These veggies are full of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are also carotenoids. They can help reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Second helping of green bean casserole? Don’t mind if we do!
- Cranberries: Cranberries contain high numbers of bioflavonoids which, like lutein and zeaxanthin, may also reduce your risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
A diet that’s full of the right nutrients is a great start to keeping your eyes healthy, but don’t forget that regular eye exams are equally important! We hope you enjoy a safe, happy, delicious Thanksgiving with family and friends.
The John-Kenyon Team