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How to Eat Healthy This Autumn

September 4, 2014

autumn healthy eating

Even though it seems like it was just summertime yesterday, autumn is finally here. The leaves are starting to change, the temperatures are dropping, and healthy eating is better than ever! If you thought that the summer was a great time to get tasty food filled with nutrients then you won’t believe the amazing selection that you’ll be able to find in the next few months. Treat your tastebuds and your eyes to these delicious autumn options that will improve and protect your eyesight.

Apples

These crispy and tart fruits are fantastic for strengthening your eyes. The nutrients found in apples, including flavonoid compounds and antioxidant phytonutrients, are known to improve eyesight by controlling the impact of free radicals on your vision. They also work to prevent ocular conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Beets

Let’s face it, these guys are unbeatable! Seriously though, beets are great for your eyes. Beet greens contain high concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that are crucial to eye health. These nutrients block blue light from the macula, protecting the retina and reducing the possibility of light-induced damage to your eyesight.

Bell Peppers

Whether you love them for dipping, stuffing, tossing in a salad, or any other of their many uses, bell peppers are a great addition to a meal. Rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, these can be a quick and easy source of vitamins for an eye health boost while protecting against future eye problems. Bell peppers are known to protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration, so get eating!

Brussels Sprouts

Not only are these a fantastic side dish, but they’re also great for your vision. Brussels sprouts are also high in zeaxanthin, making them ideal for improving your eyesight. If you’re familiar with the antioxidizing and retina-protecting properties of zeaxanthin then you know that the next time you’re planning dinner, brussels sprouts will be your first choice.

Pumpkin

This is an autumn classic with a unique flavour and amazing eye benefits. Sharpen your eyesight with a pumpkin’s high levels of vitamin A which can improve your eyesight – especially in low light. These aren’t just for carving anymore! Bake up a seasonal pie or throw some pumpkin seeds into your salad for a healthy meal that tastes great.

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