The holiday season is almost over. For some, now comes the more challenging season of New Year’s resolutions. Most will choose to spend more time with family, to get outside more, or to exercise more. All of these resolutions are noble and will be worth the effort. If you haven’t chosen a new year’s resolution, consider this: eat better for your eyes. As adults, when eyesight has evened out, you may have glasses or contact lenses, or you might have great vision; either way, you can prevent vision from deteriorating or from becoming worse. Rather than telling you what to eat, we will change it up a little bit, and tell you what foods to avoid.
Our eyes are full of blood vessels, so foods that are also good to avoid for heart health should also be avoided to keep your eyes healthy.
Margarine and Vegetable Oils
Condiments often have ingredients that have negative impacts on your body. Mayonnaise, salad dressing, or jelly, all have either a high-fat content or high sugar content. Also, foods that have margarine or vegetable oils and are man-made should be avoided. Foods that are high in polyunsaturated fats will oxidize in your body and can lead to inflammation and may even cause clogged arteries.
Avoiding foods with vegetable oils means avoiding fried foods because that is how they are made. Canola oil, commonly used to fry foods, is a genetically modified product that can also lead to clogged arteries. Fried foods can also cause plaque to build up which can lead to high blood pressure, also a danger to your eyes.
Commercially-Prepared Cookies or Cakes
Products like these are high in trans fats. This type of fat will increase LDL, or bad cholesterol in your blood. This can lead to blockages in your arteries. Trans fats will also increase triglycerides in your blood, contributing to deposits of fat in the arteries.
When you’re dealing with an organ that is full of arteries, such as your heart or eyes, avoiding foods that are high in fat or sugar will prevent potential problems. In this new year and the months to follow, try to avoid these foods in order to give your eyes a healthy advantage. Contact Vision Care Centre today for an appointment with an optometrist for a thorough eye exam.