One thing the holiday season is known for is the over abundance of yummy goods and snack foods. And it’s well-known that this time of year definitely isn’t kind to the waist line. It’s probably for this reason why Santa looks so jolly! But read on! I’m not here to scold you on the guilty pleasure of holiday snacking, but actually tell you that some of those well-known holiday treats are actually good for your eyes! Nuts and eye health have a great relationship. Not only are nuts a tasty holiday snack, but they also pack a punch in the eye health department.
Nuts and eye health go together like peanut butter and jam. They are also a popular holiday snack. Just think, the nutcracker wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for the nut. But did you know that nuts don’t just serve as a yummy snack, they are also good for eye health! Nuts provide eyes with omega fatty acids, Vitamin E, zeaxanthin and lutein (especially pistachios). All are nutrition needed for healthy eyes!
Nuts and Eye Health – Omega 3
Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and many other kinds of nuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming good essential fats is good for eye. Studies have indicated that omega-3 fatty acids may protect our eyes from problems and diseases such as dry eye syndrome and macular degeneration. It can also help in reducing the risk of developing high eye pressure which can lead to the development of glaucoma.
Along with Omega fats, Vitamin E is also found in nuts. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect the cells within the body from harmful free radicals. Consuming nuts is a great way in getting vitamin E. Reasearch has indicated that vitamin E can help reduce the effects eye diseases and conditions, such as macular degeneration as well as the development of cataracts. Proving yet again how nuts and eye health go together, especially during the holiday season.
Don’t Pass On The Pistachios
Most nuts are a great source of nutrition good for eyes, not all nuts are created equal. If you have your choice of kind of nut to snack on, opt for pistachios. Pistachios not only contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, but they are the nut that contains the highest amount of lutein and zeaxanthin. Like vitamin E, lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that help reduce the risks if developing certain eye diseases.
Just like all other foods, even though nuts are a great source of eye nutrition, they should be consumed in moderations.
In order to make sure your eye health is being maintained, book an appointment with one of our doctors of optometry to make sure your eyes and vision are working to their full potential. To book an appointment, either call (403)255-2826 or book online!
Article written by: Trina Vanaalst, Licensed Contact Lens Practitioner & Optician