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Vitamin A, Winter Squash And Your Eyes

Vitamin A is colorful, tasty and it’s essential for your vision health. Research shows vitamin A plays an important role in keeping the surface of the eyes and skin healthy to protect against eye infections.

The lack of vitamin A causes the surface of the eye, the cornea, to become dry which can leads to clouding and eventual vision loss. Vitamin A deficiency isn’t common in the United States but here are foods you can eat to get it from because nobody has time for an eye infection.

Animal based foods: cod liver oil, whole milk, ricotta cheese, salted butter and beef. Animal liver is the highest rated source.

Plant based foods: carrot juice, pumpkin, acorn squash, sweet potato, carrots, spinach, kale, cantaloupe, red bell-pepper

The red-orange color of beta-carotene is one of the best ways to spot high doses of vitamin A.

Getting enough vitamin A in your diet is easy. For most adults one sweet potato with the skin on it is enough, or a half cup of spinach. A whole mango and a half cup of raw red peppers will get your 25% of the way there. A hard boiled egg, that will get an adults 10% of the way there or a child under the age of 8, 25% of the way there.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A

In the United States eating enough vitamin A is fairly easy. If you are eating eggs, drinking cows milk, eating orange and dark leafy veggies then you are most likely getting more than enough.

If you remember your parents saying, “Eat your carrots, it’s good for your eyes,” well they were right and now you know why.

Here is a recipe for the up coming acorn squash season. CLICK HERE

Reference

1. National Institute Of Health