carrots for your eyes

December 24, 2008

Remember when our parents told us that carrots were good for our eyesight? We dismissed them with demands for scientific proof and accusations of “old wives’ tales”. There is more recent research that proves this may be true. According to Harold McGee, sunlight can cause free radicals in the eye that may lead to some forms of degeneration. Antioxidants (especially carotenoids) help reduce damage by joining with free radicals to neutralize them.

The best advice? – eat a varied diet of mostly vegetables, especially dark greens and reds. And don’t be so quick to dismiss older people’s knowledge – most of it comes from generations of trial and error. Within the last few decades, we have created elders who feel intimidated and insecure to pass on knowledge to us because we already know it all. What a silly world we are creating.

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