More likely than not your parents told you to eat your carrots because they were good for your eyes, right? Well, it turns out, your parents weren't joking! We rarely think about our eyes when we consider our grocery list, but proper nutrients and a healthy diet impact our vision more than we think.
Look at these five foods (other than carrots) that help protect against sight-threatening diseases:
- Cold water fish such as tuna, salmon, and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can help against cataracts and dry eyes.
- Eggs are packed with lutein and vitamin A which is known to protect against nighttime blindness and dry eyes.
- Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are high in vitamin C which can reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (the leading cause of vision loss).
- Legumes, particularly kidney beans and lentils are great sources of zinc, which helps your body absorb vitamin A, and therefore helps reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
- Beef (yes, beef) in moderation can works wonders for your eyes. Lean beef in moderation also contains zinc which plays a big role in age-related illnesses.
This WebMD.com article goes into even more detail about tips to keep your eyes healthy. Remember, it is always important to consult with your physician before making any major dietary changes. It is also vital to visit your eye doctor once a year for an annual exam.