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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

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)

More Good News for Egg Lovers

Eating eggs occasionally probably won’t raise your risk of heart attack, stroke or heart failure. That’s the latest good news for egg lovers from a Swedish study following two large groups of men and women for 13 years. Only men who averaged one egg a day or more saw any

Try Tropical Fruit for Exotic Flavors, Essential Nutrients

If your budget isn’t up to a tropical vacation this summer, you can at least take your tastebuds to the tropics with some nutrition-packed choices in the fruit section. Tropical fruits such as guava, kiwifruit, mango and papaya are low-calorie, nutrient-dense options for adding variety to your menus. Although most

Eat More Like a Mediterranean to Protect Your Eyes

Consuming a Mediterranean-style diet, already linked to benefits for your heart and brain, might also help protect against the leading cause of blindness in older Americans. A recent study reports that at-risk patients whose diets scored highest on a Mediterranean-diet index were 26% less likely to progress to advanced age-related

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