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Healthy Food, Healthy Eyes

Eat more carrots to protect your vision. You've probably heard the advice before or dished it out to someone else. And it's true. Carrots do contain high levels of vitamin A needed to keep your eyes healthy and maintain your vision.

But carrots aren't the only foods packed with nutrients that can protect your vision. In fact, vegetables like sweet potatoes and leafy, green spinach actually contain more vitamin A than carrots. Squash, red bell peppers, basil, peas, and tomatoes are also good sources of vitamin A and other nutrients your eyes need to see. There are several ways to maintain healthy eyes.

The American Optometric Association recommends eating foods rich in vitamin A, as well as healthy food sources that contain vitamin C, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and other nutrients. Adding these foods to your diet can protect your vision and lower the risk for eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

Eating a low-sodium diet is an important practice to reduce your risk for eye diseases such as cataracts. In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that people who consumed 3,000 mg of sodium or more per day, compared to those who consumed an average of 1,200 mg of sodium per day, were twice as likely to develop cataracts.

Carrots are amazing, they have more health benefits than you can imagine. Read more about the health benefits of carrots, along with their history and other fun facts, here: http://www.well-beingsecrets.com/health-benefits-of-carrots.

If you're looking for low-sodium meal options with vision-friendly vegetables, we've got you covered. Take a look at the MagicKitchen.com menu, and you'll find tasty dishes like Chicken and Artichoke with Spinach, Buttered Carrots and Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Classic Chicken Noodle Soup, Crustless Spinach Quiche, Broccoli, Peas & Corn, and many others.

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