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Gobble Up The Vision Friendly Meal

Created on: Friday, November 03, 2017 
Author: Eye Associates Surgi Center of Vineland

We know your Thanksgiving meal will satisfy your stomach… but what about your eyes?

 

There is nothing quite like a delicious, hearty home-cooked meal to bring family and friends together. Dozens of homemade dishes to pass, funny stories to exchange, memories to share and the collective feeling of love and happiness engulf the end of the meal.

Throughout the year, there are plenty of opportunities for winter holidays, birthday dinners, and celebratory occasions. However, Thanksgiving is the one meal that takes the cake when it comes to delicious food and amazing times spent with family.

This meal brings people together from all backgrounds to sit down and enjoy some of the most delicious Thanksgiving classics: turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing, honey-baked ham, Yams, and mashed potatoes. Just smelling these amazing dishes can make your stomach growl and eyes grow large. After all, Thanksgiving is the one day each year where you know your eyes will be bigger than your stomach!

When the meal is over, do not feel guilty about all of those calories you consumed. There are health benefits that come with a Thanksgiving dinner. This is especially true when it comes to your eyes. Here are just a few classic Thanksgiving dishes that will keep your eyes bigger than your stomach while wanting more:

Sweet Potatoes
This sweet and savory dish is a favorite of children and adults alike (especially when you add a little brown sugar and toasted marshmallows to the recipe). Good for us, it doesn’t just satisfy your taste buds. Sweet potatoes are packed full of nutrients, including vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C and vitamins B5 and B6.

Vitamin A is an important nutrient for good eye health and helps to stop the process of macular degeneration and age-related problems in the cornea and retina. Vitamin C also aids in the process of this, while also helping to reduce your risk of developing cataracts.

Turkey
No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a beautiful turkey in the center of the table. “Thankfully,” this holiday classic is loaded in zinc, which offers many different benefits for our vision. Zinc can significantly reduce the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which is associated vision loss. It also has a significant effect on the development and progression of cataracts. It is also considered a good source of vitamins B3 and B6!

Cranberries

Whether you include this delicious berry into your pies or not, be sure to keep the cranberry sauce on the table! This beneficial fruit can help protect your eyes from many different types of conditions, including cataracts, due to it’s nutrients of vitamin A and vitamin C.

This Thanksgiving, be sure that you leave plenty of room in your time and schedule for your Thanksgiving feast! Whether you plan to spend the day relaxing with your family, watching some holiday football or gearing up for the chaotic Black Friday sales… consuming these classic Turkey Day concoctions will not only keep your stomach full and satisfied, but will also help promote healthy eyes and vision for many holidays to come.