Sight is by far one of the most important of our senses. 80% of impressions are perceived through this sense and it is ultimately the protector of danger without the other senses. Vision helps us perceive the world around us and therefore it’s vital we do what it takes to care for our sight. Wearing sunglasses is not the only way to protect eyesight! Deficiencies in vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, chromium, selenium, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and essential fatty acids can lead to various vision problems. Let’s take a look at the best vision friendly foods for kids.
Yellow vegetables contain high amounts of Vitamin A and beta-carotene, which can protect eyes from damage by the sun. Carrots have lots of natural sugar and children love the crunchy goodness of munching on carrot sticks as a snack. Bake and drizzle with maple syrup for the fussy eaters!
Berries in the summertime and oranges in the winter, keep the citrus intake up all year around. Vitamin C is crucial for eye health preventing cataracts whilst tomatoes also play a part in protecting the eyes from sun damage.
Mixed nuts are another kid friendly food that are super easy to pack into lunches. Rich in vitamin E, nuts are excellent for eye health, though make sure it’s in moderation! Excessive amounts of natural fats from nuts can do the reverse and inhibit enough oxygen reaching the eyes. Peanut butter is another easy favourite along with other nut butters!
Supply your child's body with Zinc found in legumes such as lentils, peanuts, bean and black-eyed peas. These legumes contain minerals which are highly concentrated in eye structures additionally eating foods high in Zinc can alleviate the damaging effects of light.
Cold Water Fish
Growing children need omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and sardines helping their vision develop properly early in life. Add a serving of fish to your diet too to avoid degenerative eye diseases later on in life!
Give your kids the best start possible and boost their eyesight early on by providing their eyes with the necessary vitamins and minerals.