7th Dec 2018
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Discover the diet that leads to a lower risk of eye disease
Author: Ben Hocking
Dietary discovery protects eyes

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables could lessen the risk of an eye disease now affecting more than 1.29 million Australians.

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is an increasingly common problem among people older than 50 and leads to the loss of central vision.

A recent analysis of high-quality research reveals that diet may affect individuals’ risks related to the development and progression of AMD.

New Zealand optometrists Naoko Chapman and Rob Jacobs teamed up with registered dietician Dr Andrea Braakhuis and trawled through 1300 published papers on the topic of eye health and diet, before narrowing their analysis to 18 high-quality studies.

The evidence from the research found that sticking to a Mediterranean diet was linked with a decreased risk of AMD progression.

An Oriental diet pattern – with a higher intake of vegetables, legumes, fruit, whole grains, tomatoes and seafood – had a lower association with AMD prevalence.

Specifically, eating plenty of vegetables rich in carotenoids and fish containing omega-3 fatty acids could help those at risk.

A Western diet pattern – with a higher intake of red meat, processed meat, high-fat dairy products, fried potatoes, refined grains and egg – had a higher association with AMD, as did having more than two alcoholic drinks a day.

The team further found an increased link between AMD and diets containing food high on the glycaemic index, such as sugar, white and some wholemeal breads, and white rice.

"Improving the quality of the diet, increasing the intake of foods that contain the nutrients required by the retina, and avoiding foods that induce oxidative damage will play an important role in protecting against AMD," said Ms Chapman, of the University of Auckland, in New Zealand.

Would you consider eating more fruit and veg if you knew it would protect your eye health?

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    Nose Hair Bob
    27th Dec 2018
    12:09pm
    Lutein, the best for healthy eyes is found in dense quantity's in Kale. Nutritionfacts. org
    Drewbie
    27th Dec 2018
    12:18pm
    Since Oct 1st I've been on a regular 4/5 day a week diet high in fruit ( 1 each of a whole apple, peach, nectarine, kiwi, orange or mandarin + a handful of strawberries & blueberries. Veggies: carrot, broccoli, ginger, garlic, olive oil. leafy greens, beetroot, brussel sprouts . . . whatever's in season ). Plus grated high quality organic cocoa beans. All are either sliced or grated accordingly, pureed in a big blender with enough filtered water until a drinkable thick-shake like consistency is achieved. Takes roughly 75 sec's.

    Results? I feel lighter, higher energy/alertness levels, much easier movements, ahem, down below & gradual weight loss too boot. I still enjoy my meats, though smaller portions & less frequency. I started this to lose weight as I was 90 kg & a lower back injury precludes somewhat any vigorous exercise regime for fast & sustainable toning up & physical fitness.

    The " only complaint " is from the wife who does the shopping. Her weekly fresh produce cost has rocketed accordingly. At least she's saving heaps compared to what our meat costs once were. Like the old medibank commercial used to sing. " I feel better now "! Most definitely.

    Cheers everyone & have a prosperous 2019.
    musicveg
    27th Dec 2018
    12:26pm
    That is fantastic Drewbie, but why not cut the olive oil out there is no nutritional value, just fat, look it up at Nutritionfacts.org. Not sure about the cocoa beans, do you need the caffeine hit? It can effect your adrenal glands. If you add lemon juice first thing in the morning this helps to detox your liver which in turn helps your health and weight. Great book to read is Liver Rescue by Anthony William. He recommends celery juice too to detox and heal. Also check out forksoverknives.com heaps of info there too.
    Triss
    27th Dec 2018
    4:49pm
    I’m amazed that eggs should be avoided, egg yolks have lots of lutein to keep eyes healthy and are said to be more easily absorbed than kale.
    musicveg
    27th Dec 2018
    5:16pm
    That is what the egg industry want you to believe, eggs are fat/too high in protein and also will give you more inflammation of any kind, too rich for older people.
    Triss
    27th Dec 2018
    5:58pm
    Hmm, I’ll have to do a bit of research on that.
    musicveg
    27th Dec 2018
    6:30pm
    You will find very conflicting information about eggs, because a lot of research is being funded by the egg and agriculture industry. Fact is they are still high in protein, protein equals fat, and cholesterol. The egg industry is also one of the cruelest industries, they kill all the baby males in horrible ways, and eggs can also carry a lot of diseases. Here is one article to get you thinking about the health aspects: https://www.forksoverknives.com/whats-wrong-with-eggs/#gs.sNW_fho
    Here is one about the cruelty aspect:
    https://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/egg-industry-secrets.php
    KSS
    27th Dec 2018
    8:08pm
    "Protein equals fat"!

    Seriously?????

    You need to do more research.
    musicveg
    27th Dec 2018
    8:17pm
    KSS, yes it does because everything that most people eat for protein has fat, that is why eating more fruit and veg has many health benefits and helps you lose weight. Just trying to help, I read all the time about health.
    KSS
    27th Dec 2018
    8:07pm
    Association or correlation is not causal!


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