Healthy Food

Healthy Eating #8: Foods that help keep your eyes healthy

Whenever we talk about healthy eyes, carrots do help you see better. Carrots contain beta carotene (which forms vitamin A),  whichhelps your eyes adjust to dim light. Other than carrots, there are other antioxidants in plant-based foods may help protect your eyesight from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

- Eating foods rich in antioxidant vitamins (beta carotene, vitamins C and E) may lower your risk for cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin, found in the retina’s macula, protect your eyes from sunlight and other environmental damage. Increase these carotenoids in your eyes by eating plenty of lutein- and zeaxanthin-rich foods.

Choose eye-catching foods to enjoy, starting today.
- For beta carotene: yellow-orange fruits and vegetables, including carrots; dark-green vegetables
- For lutein: green-leafy vegetables, kiwifruit, eggs
- For zeaxanthin: citrus fruit, corn, green vegetables, winter squash, eggs
- For vitamin C: citrus fruit, berries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, green pepper, papaya, tomato
- For vitamin E: almonds, corn oil, eggs, peanuts, spinach, sunflower seeds