As you age, you are more likely to suffer with chronic conditions that affect eye health. To ensure you maintain good eye health you need to control your blood sugar, avoid tobacco smoke, and wear UV-protective sunglasses when you’re outside. Another way to ensure your peepers keep peeping with the best of them is to eat a variety of foods, particularly antioxidant-rich foods, and avoid certain “bad” foods that reduce optimal eye health. To help you accomplish that, here’s the list of “bad” foods you may want to avoid:
- Foods with High Glycemic Loads. Food such as sugary and white flour treats have high glycemic loads, whereas low gylcemic foods convert more slowly to glucose and therefore have less of an impact on insulin secretion. Low gylcemic foods also lower your diabetes risk. Read Glycemic Foods: Both High and Low for more information on the proper foods to choose.
- Omega-6 Fatty Acids. These fatty acids are found in red meat and certain vegetable oils, such as sunflower, soybean, cottonseed, corn, and safflower oils. You do need them in your diet, but too often people consume too much. So, watch you’re intake.
- Saturated Fat. Saturated fats are primarily derived from animal fats but are also found in coconut and palm oils, as well as dairy products, and certain red meats. Read The Skinny on Fats for more information about saturated fats.
- Simple Carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates digest quickly and raise blood sugar levels, which can lead to diabetes. Diabetes results in retina problems. Small blood vessels can develop microaneurysms and leak blood, and this can eventually results in irreversible retina damage and vision loss. Read Carbohydrates: Your Energy Source for more information on carbohydrates.
- Trans Fat. Trans fats are not only bad for your eyes but also bad for your heart. Trans fats are formed when vegetables oils are heated and transformed into partially hydrogenated oils. When eaten, these oils, are unnatural to the body, and because the body doesn’t know what to do with them, free radicals form and damage the body at the cellular level. To learn more about trans fat, read Trans Fat and Why You Should Avoid It.
Besides, avoiding certain foods, there are also beneficial foods you should eat. To learn what foods stave off cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye problems, read Foods for Good Eye Health.