Thursday, December 19, 2013

Can you find 5 Eyefoods in this photo?

While vacationing in Rome we spent many mornings browsing through Campo de Fiori, the market in the center of Rome.  The amazing farmers assemble their venues every morning - in tight city center quarters!  The fruits and vegetables are always bursting with color and flavor just like the enthusiastic vendors.  And there were always many eye healthy foods to be found.

Can you find at least five Eyefoods in the photo above?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Reason to Start Your January Get Fit Routine Now

Excersizing at least 3 times per week can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends:

2 ½ hours moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week

60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per day

Seddon, J., J. Cote, N. Davis, and B. Rosner. 2003. Progression of ARM associated with BMI, waist circumference and waist, hip ratio. Arch ophthalmol 121: 785-92.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mediterranean Style Kale Salad

Salad ingredients:
4 cups raw kale, thoroughly washed and dried
4 green onions sliced finely
1 orange pepper, chopped
¼ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup roasted pinenuts

Dressing ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

1. Remove ribs from kale leaves. 

2. Roughly chop kale into bite sized pieces (1-2 inches) and place into a large salad bowl. 

3. Toss together all of the ingredients of the salad except for the pine nuts.  

4. In a separate, small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients of the dressing. Drizzle over the salad and toss. 5. Cover and refrigerate for one hour or up to three hours. 

6. Sprinkle with nuts and enjoy. 

Serves 4

Eye Nutrients: Lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, fiber

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Green Pea and Quinoa Salad

This salad makes a great side to a grilled or poached salmon fillet.

2 cups frozen peas, thawed
2 cups quinoa, cooked
1 orange pepper, chopped
½ cup sundried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

3 tbsp oil from the sundried tomato jar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
Salt and pepper

1. Toss together all of the ingredients of the salad in a medium sized salad bowl. 
2. In a separate small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients of the dressing. Pour over the quinoa mixture.
3. Enjoy immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator up to two days.

Serves 4

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What's the Scoop with Glycemic Index?

By now, most people know that sugar and white flour are unhealthy food choices that can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even age-related macular degeneration. However, take a walk down the middle aisles of any supermarket and you will notice that most products contain both white flour and sugar, whether they are a bread, grain, cereal, cracker, cookie or sugary treat. Unfortunately, our bodies are naturally programmed to crave sugar and avoiding the temptation to add these items to our grocery cart can be quite a daunting task. Especially since clever marketing can make even some cookies and chips sound healthy.

Follow these Eyefoods recommendations when shopping in the middle aisles of your grocery store. You might even have fun discovering a new and unique food.

• Choose Foods with a low glycemic index because low glycemic index diets will promote eye health. (1,2,3) 
• Look for whole grains such as barley, bulgur, quinoa, millet, spelt, freekah, wheat berries, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta.
• Look for beans and legumes such as red lentils, green lentils, beluga lentils, chick peas, black beans, kidney beans, white beans and Romano beans.

Choose Foods with a High Fiber Content
A heart friendly diet is an eye friendly diet. Age-related macular degeneration and cardiovascular disease share many common risk factors. Increasing your fiber intake will contribute to healthy blood vessels and healthy eyes. (3) Whole grains, beans and legumes are all good sources of fiber.

Try this Black Bean and Mango Salad.

For more delicious eye healthy recipes please visit

Chiu, C., R. Milton, R. Klein, G. Gensler, and A. Taylor. 2007. Dietary carbohydrate and the progression of age-related macular degeneration: a prospective study from the age-related eye disease study. Am J Clin Nutr 86: 1210-18.

Chiu, C., R. Milton, G. Gensler, and A. Taylor. 2006. Dietary carbohydrate intake and glycemic index in relation to cortical and nuclear lens opacities in the age-related eye disease study. Am J Clin Nutr May, 83: 1177-84.

Tan, J., J. Wang, G. Liew, E. Rochtchina, and P. Mitchell. 2008. Age-related macular degeneration and mortality from cardiovascular disease or stroke. Br J Ophthalmol, Nov; 92 (1): 509-12.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dr. Barb's Top Five Ways to Eat Kale

Dr. Barb has a way with kale.  She makes the most delicious dishes with this top Eyefood.  Here are her top five ways to eat kale.

1.  Home-made oven baked kale chips
3.  Sauteed kale with garlic
4.  Kale salad with sundried tomatoes, pine nuts and a basic Eyefoods salad dressing
5.  Kale brownies  (Dr. Barb's secret recipe)    - They're delicious

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Five Minute Mango Salad

You can make this salad in a snap!  I whipped it up tonight in only five minutes.  And as a bonus it's delicious and full of vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein & zeaxanthin.  

1 mango, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp maple syrup
Salt and pepper
Hot sauce to taste
Add the mango, red pepper and basil to a medium sized bowl.  In a separate, small bowl add the ingredients of the dressing and whisk.  Add the dressing to the salad.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dreaming of a Summer Day? Try this Melon Mint Smoothie.

This smoothie has a nice refreshing taste to it thanks to the mint leaves it contains. It is packed with lutein because of its kale content and is a great replacement to any sugary drink on a hot summer day.

1 cup honeydew
1 banana
1 ½ cups kale, washed and coarsely chopped
15 Mint leaves
1 cup filtered water
Juice of half a lime

1. Put honeydew and banana in the blender.

2. Add kale, mint, water and lime juice.

3. Blend until smooth. Check consistency and add water as needed.

Eyefoods ingredients: honeydew, kale, lime

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Smoothies for Healthy Eyes

What better way to brighten your day than with the taste of a fresh and vibrant smoothie. Delicious and packed with nutrients, smoothies are loved by both kids and adults alike. Get the entire family involved in making smoothies by creating various combinations from our Eyefoods approved ingredients below. Add leafy greens and you have made a treat loaded with eye nutrients, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. 

Anatomy of a Smoothie
Pull that blender out of the cupboard and onto your countertop. Add the ingredients in the following order for best blending results. Be creative, experiment and enjoy!

The Base: 
Handfuls of green leafies such as kale, spinach and dandelion greens

The Body: 
Fruit: Berries, kiwi, cantaloupe, grapes, mango, avocado
Veggies: Orange peppers and cucumbers
Herbs: Parsley and cilantro
Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg and tumeric

The Boost: 
Water, green tea, almond milk, vegetable juice, unsweetened fruit juice

Other nutrition and flavor boosters include Greek yogurt, nut butters, sliced nuts, sunflower seeds and wheat germ.

**Lutein and zeaxanthin are best absorbed when consumed with healthy fat. 

Enjoy your smoothie with a handful of nuts or include a healthy fat as an ingredient in your smoothie.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Eye Healthy Recipes by Dr. Laurie

Check out this new article by Dr. Laurie on  It features delicious eye-healthy recipes.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Spiced Butternut Squash and Cauliflower

This vegetable side dish is a treat in the autumn and winter when squash is abundant and fresh. Serve it with a beef tenderloin roast for an elegant dinner party. It is full of beta-carotene and also contains vitamin C and fiber. Sweet potatoes or carrots can replace the butternut squash.

1 butternut squash, diced
1 head of cauliflower cut into florets (4 cups)
1 fennel bulb, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp spice blend (recipe beside) or paprika
Salt to taste

Spice Blend:
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp tumeric
1/8 tsp cayenne
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp black pepper
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight jar for up to 6 months.

1. Toss vegetables with oil and spices in a large mixing bowl. 
2. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. 
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes. 

Eyefoods ingredients: Butternut squash, olive oil

Monday, October 7, 2013

Don't Forget About Orange Veggies

Carrots were historically hailed as the best food to eat for your eyes, so most people expect orange vegetables to top the list of foods that promote eye health. High in beta-carotene, orange vegetables are an important part of any diet focused on eye health. However, recent studies are raising questions regarding taking a beta-carotene supplement. So, what is the story with beta-carotene and our eyes?

Everyone should eat foods that are high in beta-carotene to help maintain healthy eyes and vision.

• Beta-carotene is made into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is an important part of the visual pathway for both rods and cones. 
• Diets high in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.(1,2)

People that smoke should not take beta-carotene supplements.

Taking beta-carotene supplements can increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers.(3,4) However, eating a diet rich in beta-carotene does not increase the risk of lung cancer.(5) 

Include these foods in your diet several times per week: 
Sweet potato, canned pumpkin, butternut squash, and carrots

In addition to being high in beta-carotene, these orange vegetables are a source of vitamin E, zinc, fiber, lutein and zeaxanthin and vitamin C. Sweet potatoes top the list as the number one orange vegetable because they are the best food source of beta-carotene. They also contain a significant amount of fiber.

1. Van Leeuwen R, Boekhoorn S, Vingerling JR et al. Dietary intake of antioxidants and risk of age related macular dgeneration. JAMA. 2005;294(24):3101-7.
2. Tan JS, Wang JJ, Flood V, et al. Dietary antioxidants and the long-term incidence of age-realted macular degeneration: the Blue Mountains Eye Study. Ophthalmology. 2008;115(2):334-41. 
3. Alpha-tocopherol beta-carotene cancer prevention study group. The effect of vitamin E and beta-carotene on the incidence of lung cancer and other cancers in male smokers. N Engl J Med. 1994;330:1029-35
4. Omenn GS, Goodman GE, Thornquist MD. Risk factors for lung cancer and for intervention effect is CARET, the beta-carotene and retinaol efficacy trial. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1996;88:1550-99.
5. Mannisto S, Smith-Warner SA, Spiegelman D. Dietary carotenoids and risk of lung cancer in a pooled analysis of seven cohort studies. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004;13:40-48. Doi:10.1158/1055-9965. EPI-038-3.
6. USDA Agricultural Research Service. Nutrient data laboratory.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Satisfy your Sweet Tooth and Nourish your Eyes - Sabayon with Fresh Fruit

Sabayon is the French version of the traditional Italian desert zabaglione. We’ve used icewine in this recipe for a local twist – as icewine hails from the Niagara Region, our home. White wine or champagne can be substituted for icewine.

Serve with fruit of the season. Berries, citrus and kiwi are all great Eyefoods choices.

4 omega-3 egg yolks
3 tbsp icewine
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 cup fresh fruit

1. Add 1 inch of water to a medium sized sauce pan.

2. Bring to a soft boil.

3. In another sauce pan add egg yolks, icewine and maple syrup. Place this sauce pan atop the pan with the hot water. Make sure that the water in the bottom pan does not touch the upper pan. 

4. Whisk the egg mixture constantly; making sure that it does not turn into scrambled eggs. After 4-6 minutes, the mixture should have tripled in volume and create a ribbon effect when the whisk is raised from the mixture. Be careful not to overcook as the mixture can curdle quite quickly. 

5. Remove from heat. Serve in a small glass bowl and top with berries, kiwi or any other fruit of the season.

This sabayon can be enjoyed warm or cool. 

Serves 4

Eye Nutrients: Lutein, vitamin E, vitamin C, DHA, zinc

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July Green Salad - A Vibrant and Zesty Meal for Your Eyes

This salad features the best green vegetables for eye nutrition. The herbs give it a vibrant and intense flavor. Use local fresh herbs and vegetables for the greatest nutritional benefit.

Salad ingredients:
2 cups romaine lettuce
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup raw broccoli florets
1 cup green peppers, sliced
1 cup green beans, steamed and sliced
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Dressing ingredients:
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Wash all ingredients thoroughly. Mix together in a large salad bowl.
2. In a small bowl or jar, mix well all ingredients of dressing.
3. Add dressing to salad. Toss and enjoy immediately.

Serves 4-8

Eye Nutrients: Lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, fiber

Monday, July 8, 2013

Green Means Go when it Comes to Your Eyes

One of the best features of the Eyefoods plan is the vast number of foods that it includes. This makes it simple for everyone to choose Eyefoods on a regular basis, helping to maintain optimum eye health and prevent eye disease. Just when your evening meals start to become routine and boring, there is another great Eyefood to discover.

Green vegetables are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants that promote overall health, however, these four are the all stars for eye health. With a bit of creativity, these gems can be turned into a multitude of different dishes.

• Contains lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, fiber
• Make a stir-fry with broccoli and lean beef. Add low sodium soy sauce, garlic and pepper. Serve over a healthy whole grain such as quinoa or barley.
• Cut out broccoli florets. Peel the stem and shred it. Mix with you favorite vinaigrette for a new twist on coleslaw – broccoli slaw
• Mix small broccoli florets with a little olive oil and sea salt. Roast broccoli in oven until it starts to brown, about 15 minutes at 375. Enjoy.

• Contain lutein and zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, fiber
• Children love them half-thawed as a pre dinner snack
• Add to stir-fries and soups. 
• Add steamed peas and edamame to a bowl of rice, with sautéed chicken or tofu. Great in a thermos for lunch the next day.

Brussels sprouts
• Contain lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C, beta carotene, fiber
• Roast Brussels sprouts in the oven to bring out their sweet, complex flavour.
• Use Brussels sprouts instead of cabbage in a soup for added nutritional value

Green Beans 
• Contain lutein and zeaxanthin, beta-carotene and fiber
• Mix steamed green beans with ½ can of light tuna and baby spinach for a quick lunch salad.
• Steam green beans until tender-crisp. Immediately shock in ice water to keep the color and stop cooking. Keep in the fridge and add to salads, soups, pasta dishes and stri-frys 
• Steamed green beans with sea salt and olive oil, garnished with slivered almonds are a classic side dish.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Citrus Zinger - A Juice for Your Eyes

This juice is pleasantly tart and full of vitamin C. It is the ultimate refreshment on a hot, humid day.

2 oranges
1 grapefruit
1 lime
1 lemon 

1. Peel all fruit. Juice, using an electric juicer or a manual citrus juicer. Enjoy immediately. 
2. Garnish with a sprig of mint if desired.

Serves 2

Eye Nutrients: Vitamin C 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Which fruits are best for eye health? Feast on these to protect your vision!

Fruit is an important part of any healthy diet. It contains high amounts of a variety of vitamins and nutrients, especially antioxidants. Eating fruit often will help maintain overall health and may protect against many chronic diseases.

The following Eyefoods fruit recommendations will guide you to choose fruit that contains the highest amount of nutrients that have been shown to maintain eye health and prevent eye disease.

• High in vitamin C. In fact one kiwi contains more vitamin C than one small orange. Vitamin C may decrease the progression of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. 

• Also contains vitamin E, fiber, lutein and zeaxanthin and zinc.

• Great fruit source of beta-carotene. 

Citrus Fruit
• Reliable source of vitamin C.
• Also contains some lutein and zeaxanthin, and fiber.
• Pink and red grapefruit are a source of beta-carotene and lycopene.
• Use both the juice and zest of lemons and limes when you’re cooking to boost your vitamin C intake.
• Add lemon and lime juice to water and tea throughout the day for an additional vitamin C boost.

• Good fruit source of vitamin E.
• High in fiber and ALA (plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids)
• Also contains some lutein and zeaxanthin

• All berries are high in anti-oxidants and contain vitamin C, vitamin E and fiber.
• Goji berries are a great source of zeaxanthin. 

USDA Agricultural Research Service. Nutrient data laboratory.
Tan, A., P. Mitchell, V. Flood, G. Burlutsky, E. Rochtchina, R. Cumming, and J. Wang. 2008. Antioxidant nutrient intake and the long-term incidence of age-related cataract: The blue mountains eye study. 
Am J Clin Nutr Jun, 87 (6): 1899-905. 
Tan, J., J. Wang, V. Flood, S. Kaushik, A. Barclay, J. Brand-Miller, and P. Mitchell. 2007. Carbohydrate nutrition, glycemic index, and the 10-year incidence of cataract. Am J Clin Nutr 86 (5): 1502-8.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Eyefoods Nicoise Salad Recipe - A Tasty Way to Get Your Omega-3s

This classy salad is bursting with omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA), lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C and vitamin E.

Salad Ingredients:
1 can of boneless, skinless sardines, drained and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 tbsp capers, chopped roughly
1 green onion, sliced thinly
1 cup romaine lettuce, washed, cut into bite-sizes pieces (Use the large romaine leaves)
1 cup baby spinach, washed 
4 black olives
1 hard boiled egg, cut in half
½ cup green beans, blanched, then shocked in ice cold water to stop cooking. 

Dressing Ingredients:
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp orange juice
2 tsp olive oil
Dash Dijon mustard

1. Make dressing: Mix lemon and orange juice together with mustard. While whisking, slowly add olive oil to create an emulsion. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

2. Arrange lettuces, capers, green onion, olives, egg, green beans, and sardines on two nice plates. 

3. Drizzle with salad dressing.

4. Enjoy!

Tip: To make more dressing, use same proportions and store in a glass jar with tight fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

Serves 2

Eyefoods ingredients: Sardines, green onions, romaine lettuce, baby spinach, eggs,
green beans

Monday, June 3, 2013

SeeFood Facts - What Fish is Best for Your Vision?

Fish is an important part of a healthy diet. They contain the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA that are important in maintaining eye health as well as cardiovascular health, cognitive health and decreasing inflammation in the body. Eating fish also supports growth and development, making it especially important for children and pregnant women. Most North Americans are not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in their current diet. A great way to increase the amount of omega-3s in the body is to consume more cold-water fish. In fact, to help the prevent the onset of chronic eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome, the Eyefoods Plan recommends eating cold-water fish 4 times per week.

If only it were as simple as that… 

As important as it is to eat more fish, there are concerns of contamination of the fish available to us. We’ve created these guidelines to help you choose the cleanest and safest fish for yourself and your family. 

How clean is your fish?
Two contaminants of concern in fish are mercury and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).

One of the reasons that mercury is hazardous to health is that is enters into our cells effortlessly and interferes with the body’s normal functioning. It also crosses the placenta of mammals and can interfere with normal fetal development.

Small fish are lower on the food chain than large fish. So, small fish have lower amounts of mercury than large fish. The bigger the fish, the more mercury in the fish. 

Although dangerous, mercury can be eliminated from our bodies over time, however, in cases of long-term mercury exposure, it can take up to a year to fully eliminate methyl mercury from the body. 

PCBs (polychlorinated byphenyls) are man made chemicals that were used in industry before being banned in the 1970s. PCBs are slow to break down and may still be a concern in certain fish such as farmed salmon. 

Eyefoods Fish Recommendations:
The Eyefoods fish recommendations are high in omega-3 fatty acids, low in contaminants and sustainable.

Eat 2 servings of wild Alaskan salmon and 2 serving of other Eyefoods recommended fish per week.
• Wild Alaskan Salmon (both fillets and canned)
• Sardines
• Atlantic Mackerel
• Rainbow Trout (Farmed)
• Oysters (high in zinc)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Lutein Loaded Meal for Tonight - Dill and Spinach Frittata

This popular frittata is loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as vitamin C and vitamin E.

3 eggs (omega 3)
1 tbsp 1% or skim milk
½ orange pepper, diced
1 green onion, chopped
¼ cup frozen chopped spinach
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh dill
Salt and pepper

1. Whisk together eggs, milk, dill, salt and pepper and set aside.

2. Saute pepper and onion in 1 tbsp olive oil for 1-2 minutes over med-high heat in a non-stick pan. Add frozen spinach and continue cooking until spinach has thawed and cooked. Reduce heat to low and add egg mixture, ensuring that vegetables and eggs are evenly distributed in the pan. 

3. Cook on low heat until top of frittata begins to cook, approximately 5 minutes. Ensure that the bottom does not burn. Flip frittata by placing a plate over top of pan, flip the pan and slide frittata back into pan and cook on low for another 1-2 minutes. Alternatively, place an oven-proof pan in oven and broil on low for 3 minutes or until top of frittata is cooked. 

4. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. The frittata can also be enjoyed at room temperature or even cold the next day. 

Serves 2

Eyefoods ingredients: Eggs, orange pepper, green onion, spinach, olive oil

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Eggs - More Than Just a Breakfast Food

Did you know that the average person in North America receives only 2-3mg of lutein a day from his or her diet? Considering that our bodies cannot make lutein, as well as the fact that 6-10mg of lutein per day may aid in the prevention of AMD and cataracts, we need to include as many lutein-rich foods in our diet as possible.

Eggs provide the body with a bio-available form of lutein and are a staple in most people’s refrigerators. The amount of lutein in eggs is less than that in leafy greens, but the body absorbs the lutein in egg yolks more efficiently. Most of the egg’s nutrients are in the yolk, so you should eat the entire egg for full nutritional benefit. It’s time to bring eggs back in the spotlight as a healthful food.

Two studies from the Journal of Nutrition in 2006 showed that consumption of eggs increased serum lutein and zeaxanthin levels without negatively affecting serum lipid levels.(1,2) Many other studies confirm that healthy individuals can eat an egg a day without increasing their risk for heart disease or stroke.(3-7)

Omega-3 eggs are also a source of DHA. They are laid by hens that have been fed a diet high in flax and the hen converts the ALA in the flax into DHA.

Eat four eggs per week and avoid cooking eggs in high amounts of butter or vegetable oil to limit saturated and total fat intake.

Eye nutrients: Lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids (DHA), zinc

1 Wenzel, AJ, Gerweck C, Barbato D, et al. A 12-wk egg intervention increases serum zeaxanthin and macular pigment optical density in women. J Nutr 2006; 136: 2568-2573.
2 Goodrow EF, Wison TA, Houde SC, et al. Consumption of one egg per day increases serum lutein and zeaxanthin concentrations in older adults without altering serum lipid and lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations. J Nutr 2006; 136: 2519-2524
3 Hu F et al. A Prospective Study of Egg Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Men and Women. J Am Med Assoc 1999; 281:1387-94.
4 Qureshi AI et al. Regular egg consumption does not increase the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Med Sci Monit 2007; 13:CR1-8.
5 Jones PJ. Dietary cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients: a review of the Harvard Egg Study and other data. Int J Clin Pract Suppl 2009; 163:1-8, 28-36.
6 Barraj L et al. A comparison of egg consumption with other modifiable coronary heart disease lifestyle risk factors: a relative risk apportionment study. Risk Anal 2009; 29(3):401-15.
7 Scafford CG et al. Egg consumption and CHD and stroke mortality: a prospective study of US adults. Public Health Nutrition 2011, 14(2):261-70.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Recipe for Healthy Eyes

A Recipe for Healthy Eyes

Today, patients are more aware than ever about diet and health issues. But they sometimes don’t make the connection between disease and nutrition. As eye care professionals, we have a responsibility to give patients straightforward information on nutrition and its impact on eye health, as well as the prevention and treatment of eye disease.

Emphasizing ocular nutrition as part of a patient's regular eye care makes perfect practice sense! As patients become more aware of eye health, we have found they are more likely to recognize the importance of regular optometric care. And that’s a bottom line boost for your practice and for patient health! Being a trusted source of information on nutrition and eye care sets your practice apart and makes you a total eye health provider.

The team that brought you the top-selling Eyefoods book has prepared an exciting new health education series that makes it easy to continue the ocular nutrition conversation with your patients. Recipes for Healthy Eyes is an attractive and informative series that explains the science of eye health and the importance of good nutrition.

Each full colour publication includes:
• Up-to-date research on nutrition and eye health
• Easy to understand facts and figures • Eye-care advice for patients
• The inside scoop on ocular nutrition superfoods
• Unique, tasty, and easy to prepare recipes that patients will appreciate
• Hints on how to shop for and prepare eyefoods that won’t break the bank

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