Why Carrots Are Good For Your Eyes.
This week we bring you a vegetable that most people associate with healthy eyes. The carrot has long been thought of as beneficial to your eye health. The truth is that multiple foods are just as important in the nutrients that supply for eye health. Carrots are high in Vitamin A which is an essential nutrient for quality vision. The orange colour in carrots is caused by beta-carotene which is a form of Vitamin A that assists the retina, as well as other areas of the eye function well. If you are deficient in Vitamin A you may find it more difficult to see in dim light and it may cause some forms of night blindness. Vitamin A is also very important in promoting a health ocular surface and thus helping prevent dry eyes.
Carrots also have good amounts of Vitamin C which is important for eyes and may reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Vitamin C is important in helping the body form and maintain connective tissue and collagen, and in maintaining healthy blood vessels including the delicate capillaries present in the retina.
Beetroot, Carrot and Coriander Dip
This week we bring you a healthy and easy to make Beetroot, Carrot and Coriander Dip. You know that carrots are great for your eyes, and if you have been following our blog you’ll will also know from previous weeks that beetroot is also a good one for your eye health too (read more here). We thought this was a great recipe for the festive season with all the social occasions happening in the lead up to Christmas and New Year. It’s wonderful to know you can be looking after your eyes with a recipe that is healthy, easy to make and tastes delicious!
- 3 carrots, steamed
- 2 beetroot, steamed or soft
- 1 handful coriander
- 1/2 clove garlic
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons Greek Natural Yoghurt
- Added spices: hot paprika, black pepper, turmeric, cumin
- Pink rock salt
- Put all in a food processor. You can leave it slightly chunky if you like.
Original recipe from local Gold Coaster Rebecca Neale at Food Fitness Wellness
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