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Thanksgiving Feast for Your Eyes

I bet you did not realize that your Thanksgiving Day feast actually has some eye health benefits! Delicious, mouthwatering, and nourishing for the eyes in so many ways. Lets take a close look at what you have on your table that may sharpen your vision.

Let’s start with the basics, turkey! Turkey is very high in zinc which is excellent at fighting against macular degeneration. As you probably already know, turkey is high in protein. Studies show that if you eat a minimum of 100 grams of protein daily, you reduce your risk of early cataract development.

How about those sweet potatoes? Talk about an eye health superfood! Any time you see a vegetable that is yellow or orange you can pretty much assume that it is high in the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene which is a rockstar at preserving eye health. Sweet potatoes also help to preserve a health gut. Healthy gut= healthy brain=healthy eyes.

Popeye was a very smart man! He was on the right track when he pulled out that can of spinach. Many Thanksgiving Day menus include collard greens and spinach. These foods are incredibly high in the antioxidants lutein and zeazanthin which we know are the key players in our fight against macular degeneration.

Sweet, tart, cranberries… YUMMY! Cranberries are another nutrient rich fruit that is high in fiber and low in calories. You can tell by their dark color that they are rich in the antioxidants that keep the eyes healthy.

So, in between your bloody Mary and football on Thanksgiving Day, you can be rest assured that you are doing something good for your eyes. If you are anything like my mom, you may argue that the best part of Thanksgiving is Black Friday shopping. Great news! Caruso Eye Care is open on Black Friday. Call 561-649-9898 to schedule your eye exam today. These hot exam slots will go fast!

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