Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Eyes Have It

First, I am way too young for bifocals.
But, THAT'S another post...

This post is about eye health.
And, its relationship with food.

I asked my eye Doc,
"So, besides keeping my blood pressure low,
and doing all I can do not become diabetic,
what else can I do so keep my eyes healthy?"

He stopped and smiled.
(I'm guessing he doesn't hear that question enough.)

He said those first two - low high blood pressure and not being diabetic - are huge.


After those, he said there is more and more evidence to support that the recommendation of eating your veggies - those dark green leafy ones - had much merit. He said that everyday there is more uncovered about phytonutrients and polyphenaols and that it's no coincidence that we are seeing Lutein being added to daily vitamin pills.

Then he wisely added that vitamins are best absorbed by eating the actual food.

"Oh, that's not a problem," I assured my Doc.
Matter of fact, I grew up liking spinach, and I make a darn good home version of Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana which includes kale.

The links above are to interesting articles from the Agricultural Research Service division of the USDA.

Darn, good reading.
My optometrist and eye highly recommend it.

I should dig up that Zuppa Toscana recipe that my sis gave me...
And, post it. Pin It

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