What and How Foods Affect Vision

Most adults remember hearing to eat their carrots for strong eyes when they were kids. But, while carrots are good, there are many other foods that affect vision. Some foods affect vision in a bad way and some in a good way. Wondering whether your diet is helping or hurting your vision? This article will discuss the best and worst foods to eat.

Best Foods To Eat For Vision

There are many different effective and natural ways to restore you vision and eating the right foods is another one of them. The eyes consist of blood vessels that supply blood and nutrients to the retina, as well as nourish other eye structures. This means that it is important to eat a diet that promotes healthy blood vessels. Obviously these vessels are very small and have the potential to be affected very easily.

While you can take supplements, getting the right nutrients in your diet has been shown to be most effective at helping prevent eye disease. Foods that contain vitamins A, C, E, lutein, beta carotene, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and zinc are all important to maintain good eye health. Moreover, eating a low-glycemic diet can help to prevent eye related disease as well.

“The visual system is also very sensitive to any nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that might be present in the body.” – Healthy.net

So, yes, carrots that have beta carotene are included in the ‘foods to eat’ list. Other foods you should include are:

  • Dark green leafy vegetables (high in beta carotene, lutein, and antioxidants)
  • Squash (high in beta carotene)
  • Broccoli (high in beta carotene)
  • Oranges (high in vitamin C)
  • Quinoa (low-glycemic food)
  • Cashews (high in zinc)
  • Almonds (high in vitamin E)
  • Mushrooms (high in zinc)
  • Eggs (high in zinc and lutein)

The list goes on and on, but as you can see, this list looks like any recommended list of foods to eat on a healthy diet. Therefore, aim to eat a healthy diet that includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, and nuts for overall good nutrition and you will be doing your eyes a favor.

Worst Foods To Eat For Vision

Because the eyes are vascular and the vessels can get plaque buildup which slows down the blood flow, and the health, of the eyes, it is important to avoid foods that cause plaque buildup.

Therefore, eating high-fat foods that are processed, such as french fries or donuts, should be avoided. Healthy fats found in fish, olives, avocado, and nuts should still be consumed in moderation as they provide many health benefits.

One food you should avoid for better eye health is sugar. When you eat foods that are high in sugar, you can cause all kinds of problems for the eyes. In fact, a change in vision can indicate blood sugar related problems such as diabetes or insulin resistance.

Sometimes it is easy to spot sugar in foods, but be careful about hidden sugar in processed foods. Always read the labels of foods before you purchase anything. Sugar is put in foods to add taste, and sometimes a food labeled as healthy (which could taste quite bland without the sugar) actually has more sugar than a soda and is not healthy at all.