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6 foods that damage your eyesight

By Bernice Ansah
6 foods that damage your eyesight
6 foods that damage your eyesight
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We’re accustomed to removing the effect rather than the cause. Many, if not all, illnesses could be avoided if people followed a healthy diet, participated in sports, and avoided stress. The same can be said for the eyes.

Although operations to improve vision have become available and can now correct even previously thought-to-be hopeless problems, it is still far easier and less expensive to monitor health to avoid going to the surgeon.

If you don’t want to use glasses as you become older, start by avoiding foods that cause eyesight problems. Most of the time, these products influence the cardiovascular or other systems rather than the eyes, resulting in disorders that diminish visual acuity.

1. Products made from refined flour

Refined flour is a carbohydrate bomb for the body, as it has essentially no nutrients. Simple carbs present in white bread, pasta, and other refined flour products have been reported to enhance the incidence of age-related yellow spot degeneration.

This is a progressive loss of vision, including blindness, caused by injury to the central region of the retina. It’s worth substituting whole grain or first-grade flour for the flour products. Not only are these foods healthier, but they are also easier to digest.

2. Salty foods

Products created from processed meat, such as sausages, canned food, and other foods, fall under this category. An excessive amount of salt can cause an increase in blood pressure, which can harm the entire body, including the eyes.

Hypertensive retinopathy is a condition in which blood vessels in the eyes are damaged, resulting in blurred vision and even blindness. Salt intake should not exceed 5 grams per day, according to WHO guidelines.

3. Fatty meals fried in oil

We often emphasize the significance of avoiding fried foods, especially fatty ones, whenever we address junk food that harms the heart, kidneys, or liver. The reason behind this is that frying food causes inflammation by producing carcinogenic chemicals. Furthermore, trans fats in these meals raise harmful cholesterol levels and can contribute to a variety of ailments, including stroke and type 2 diabetes.

As a result, these diseases have an impact on vision, leading to macular degeneration, which occurs when the retina of the eye is damaged, diabetic retinopathy, and other problems that can cause blindness.

4. Vegetable oils of various sorts

Too much linoleic acid, an unsaturated lipid, has been linked to an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, a condition that can diminish visual acuity. Sunflower, corn, soybean, sesame, and safflower oils are among these. Foods containing hydrogenated oils and trans fats should be avoided in particular. Oils with no more than 4 grams of unsaturated fat per tablespoon are preferable.

5. Cheap margarine

Not all margarine is terrible, and in certain ways, high-quality brands are even better than butter. They are, at the very least, less damaging to the cardiovascular system. However, if you eat low-cost margarine, you risk harming your heart and eyes due to the trans fats it contains, which elevate harmful cholesterol levels.

6. Sugar-dense foods

Do you enjoy sugary sodas, chocolate bars, and other drinks and foods that you want to wash down with water right away because everything sticks together in your mouth?

This is a surefire way to lose your vision and even go blind. High sugar intake, including fried fatty foods, increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which can lead to retinal degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.