September is National Fruit and Veggies-More Matters Month!

Here at the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation we are hard at work to improve the level of independence and freedom by providing sight saving vision surgeries and eyeglasses but I bet you are wondering where a healthy diet and National Fruit and Veggies-More Matter Month comes into the picture.

Did you know that your diet has a huge impact on your vision health? New medical studies have shown that fruits and veggies have a bigger impact on your vision health than you think.

With just about everyone and their mother looking for the next miracle diet, healthy buzzwords like super-foods, antioxidants, beta-carotene and polyphenols, have been have been tossed around like a salad during National Salad month, which is during the month of May– if you were wondering.

These health food buzzwords are part of a family of chemicals found in plant foods like, veggies, fruits, beans and grains, called phytochemicals, which is the common name for a wide variety of plant-produced compounds.

Foods such as kale, broccoli, carrots, spinach, collard greens, and peaches are known to carry certain phytochemicals like beta-carotene and lutine. These naturally occurring chemicals have been shown to promote good eye health, lower risk of cancer and a healthy heart. Studies have shown, eating a balanced diet with these sorts of foods can provide your body with a natural energy boost, help you lose weight and even prevent serious diseases like diabetes or cancer.

So, next time you are at the farmer’s market, community garden or grocery store, an easy way to tell if something is rich in eye-healthy beta-carotene is by color. Try to remember orange and leafy dark veggies–hence Carrots (beta-CAROTENE).

Next time you shop, make sure you keep your eyes in mind, and stock up on those phytochemicals essential to eye health!

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