I know we’ve been talking primarily about fruit lately, but one food I feel compelled to mention is the pepper. I’ve chosen red bell peppers, specifically, but green peppers are just as effective. Rich in vitamin A, this vegetable is vital to keeping your eyes healthy and preventing damage and disease later on.
If you do a quick search on Pinterest, you’ll find that there are a lot of recipes for how to incorporate red peppers into your diet. Often, I find great recipes for appetizers, especially right now, as it’s football season and people are entertaining. You’ll definitely need something to pass around the living room, so why not go healthy? This way, you can serve up something good for everyone’s eye health.
Without vital minerals as vitamin A, night vision suffers and what follows could be Dry Eye, eye infections, and vision loss. Like the fruit I’ve mentioned before, this vegetable helps protect against cataracts and macular degeneration as you age. In particular, it may help those who suffer from Retinitis Pigmentosa, which is an eye disease in which the retina is damaged. If you get an infection like a pink eye, vitamin A can help fight off those symptoms.
Peppers are also full of vitamin C, which almost all cells of the body depend on, including those of the eye. I’ve already mentioned the importance of oranges for your eyesight, so maybe this will put into perspective how good peppers are for you. According to All About Vision, sweet red peppers have more than three times the vitamin C of orange juice. Now that’s a big deal! They have about 283 mg of vitamin C per one cup serving. Red bell peppers also contain several phytochemicals, carotenoids (beta-carotene), which are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.
Not only are peppered low in calories, but they are the perfect snack for the fall season (so you can load up on the gravy and turkey later). Not to mention they bring warmth and seasonal colors to the party/meal. Either steam them, roast them or add them to some casseroles, soups or dips; whatever you prefer, throw in some peppers to strengthen those peepers.