Food Combinations Can Boost Healthy Vision

Stop reading this screen! It’s damaging your eyesight! On second thought, you might want to keep reading.

Most Americans spend 7.4 hours per day staring at a screen, and our eyes are suffering because of it. Research shows that 50 percent to 90 percent of working adults claim to have screen-related eye problems. Children are also at risk for digital eye strain. Whether staring at the screen of a television, portable gaming device, tablet or smart phone, children can irritate their eyes by too much screen time or by playing in poor lighting conditions.

Degenerative eye disease is on the rise, so what is to be done about it? Some experts believe that diet can be a key component in delaying the onset of conditions like macular degeneration. Johanna Seddon, M.D., ScM, founding director of the Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service at the New England Eye Center, Tufts Medical Center in Boston, teamed up with cookbook author Jennifer Trainer Thompson in collaboration with The American Macular Degeneration Foundation to write Eat Right for Your Sight. Dr. Seddon and Thompson’s goal was to design recipes that will boost vision health. Each recipe has been chemically analyzed to provide the optimum combination of eye-healthy vitamins and minerals, and these dishes promise to delight the palate as well as nourish the eyes.
Vision-healthy food combinations include:

  • Lentils and red pepper—vitamin C from the red pepper helps the body absorb iron contained in the lentils.
  • Avocado and grapefruit—grapefruit contains fat-soluble vitamins, so the healthy fats from the avocado help the body absorb vitamins from the grapefruit.
  • Broccoli rabe and pine nuts—nutrients in the broccoli rabe can be efficiently absorbed in the presence of fat, provided by the pine nuts.

Seddon explains that the combination of foods is just as important as the choice of foods. For example, foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin (carotenoids) have been known to reduce the risk of macular degeneration in research from 1986 to 1992. In that same study, researchers discovered that there was a benefit when eating dairy with omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and nuts.

So maybe it’s not just what you eat; it’s how you eat it. Pairing foods so that the body can absorb as many nutrients as possible could play an important role in keeping your vision healthy. Maybe it’s time to make some new goals for screen time as well as your diet. Don’t be afraid to set some parameters on video games, television and tablets. You’ll have better family time and richer conversation, and with the help of some new dietary tips, you’ll enjoy healthy vision too (Source: Tech Times).

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