Thanksgiving is a time that almost always guarantees family gatherings, thankfulness, and our eyes being bigger than our stomachs! When we think about the food we eat on thanksgiving, our thoughts center around how the food will taste rather than the health benefits. We tend to forget that most of what fills our plate on this holiday helps nourish our bodies and our eyes. Curious on how to feast your eyes this Thanksgiving? Here are 7 Thanksgiving favorites that are good for both your taste buds and your eyes!
The most import thing in Turkey is zinc. Zinc offers a plethora of benefits when it comes to our vision. This mineral can diminish the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration and its associated vision loss. Zinc most importantly helps aid against the development of cataracts.
2. Sweet Potatoes
Who would have thought the color of a sweet potato could help the eyes? Beta-carotene is thepigment that provided sweet potatoes with its color. This pigment is proven to promote night vision and better eye health. To get twice the amount of beta-carotene than the average person consumes daily, have one cup of sweet potatoes this Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin cookie, any form of pumpkin has great source of Vitamin A. Not only will eating a slice of pumpkin pie help you get your daily source of Vitamin A, it will help with the protection of the eye’s macula, lens, and cornea.
4. Cranberry Sauce
Cranberries are the superfood of vitamins and nutrients for overall health! Specifically, the bioflavonoids and Vitamin C in cranberries help protect the eye from potential damage from pollution and normal metabolic processes. Try to integrate this into your everyday diet; your eyes and body will thank you!
5. The Greens
Whether it be asparagus, a leafy salad, or even green bean casserole, eating these foods on Thanksgiving will nourish your eyes. All of these foods contain lutein and zeaxanthin. These are pigments that are said to reduce the risk of cataracts. Along with that, these pigments are also said to block blue light from reaching the retina. Blue light is a light that is generated from Television, computers, tablets, and smartphones. If you are planning to watch a televised football game or are working with a computer the following day at work, try to eat some greens to protect your retinas.
Cauliflower is another very good source of Vitamin C and omega-3 fats. Both are linked to proper visual development. If you don’t have cauliflower on thanksgiving, another source of omega 3 fats are pumpkin seeds and nuts. So, get cracking!
We all know carrots are the number one food we think of when we think of foods that help strengthen eyesight. The pigment in carrots, which is the same pigment found in sweet potatoes, promotes night vision and overall good eyesight. Snack on some carrots; your eyes will thank you.
This Thanksgiving be sure to eat all your holiday favorites and try to include some foods that will feast your eyes. Never forget that the best way to enhance your vision this holiday season is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam! Call any one of our offices to schedule your appointment or visit our website to find out more about Eye Associates. Trust us with your eyes, you won’t regret it!