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Eating for Eyesight: Which Foods Protect Your Eyes?

Eating for Eyesight: Which Foods Protect Your Eyes?

Can what you eat affect your eyesight? And which foods protect your eyes? Research shows that three particular carotenoids, each of them antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, play a role in good vision: lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin.

Studies verify that astaxanthin protects the eyes against damage and daily wear-and-tear[1], decreases eye

7. Rethinking Protein Needs

You Might Need More
Most Americans get plenty of protein, despite the marketing hype suggesting otherwise, but an emerging scientific consensus says older adults may need even more. Evidence also is mounting that the timing of older adults’ protein consumption may be important; the traditional, protein-heavy dinner might need to give

5. Make Half Your Grains Whole

Fiber for Your Heart
You can obtain much of the dietary fiber you need by eating grains. Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults provides examples of choices that are high in fiber, such as whole and fortified grains and 100% whole-wheat bread. Fiber from grains is known as “cereal fiber,” a term

4. Choose Richly Colored Fruits

Eat a “Rainbow” for Maximum Nutrition
Much of what we said in the previous chapter about vegetables also applies to fruits, including the importance of eating a “rainbow” to get a variety of beneficial phytonutrients. According to the USDA’s MyPlate, women over age 50 should get one and a half

3. Eat a Variety of Vegetables

Plants and Phytonutrients
When you were growing up, your mother may have told you to “eat your vegetables”—and that’s still good advice when you are older. Vegetables occupy more space on Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults than any other food group for good reasons. In all of the various rating systems

6. Shape Up Your Plate

What You Eat and When
Choosing what to eat is an important part of your day. The choices you make day in and day out comprise your eating pattern, and studies show that eating patterns can have a significant impact on health. If you’re accustomed to eating most of your meals

An Antioxidant Boom

You’ve likely heard of antioxidants, even if you’re not sure what they do. They’re frequently touted on food packages, such as nutrition bars and breakfast cereals, not to mention in promotions of the latest “superfoods” and a host of dietary supplements. The marketing of such products, however, is a bit

Ask the Experts: Bell Pepper Colors; Protein in Nuts; Potatoes & Blood Sugar

Q: My local supermarket sells bell peppers in four different colors—green, red, yellow and orange. Do the different colors of peppers have different nutritional benefits?

A: Elizabeth J. Johnson, PhD, a scientist in Tufts’ HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory, answers: “No matter the color of your pepper, the macronutrient (protein, fat, carbohydrate)

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