8. Promoting good eye health
Firstly we have to understand what is considered good eye health. Simply explained it all starts with the food we put into our mouths and what our mothers eat whilst we are still in her womb.
Good eye health needs vital nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E. It can help ward off developmental and age-related vision issues such as macular degeneration, cataracts and night blindness. In order to have the right nutrients for this not only during pregnancy but in our everyday life, we need to ensure that we have a good selection of green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards and loads of bananas in our daily diet.
Bananas are rich and high in vitamin A. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is vital for good eye health. Also, an adequate daily vitamin intake also lessens your risk of night blindness.
According to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, eating three or more servings of bananas per day may also lower your risk of age-related oracular degeneration. It is the primary cause of vision loss in older people by almost 36% as compared to those who consume less than 1.5 servings a day. However, be aware of the ripeness of the bananas as this changes its glycaemic level. An overripe banana may have a high glycaemic level, while one that’s a bit under-ripe has lower levels. It has little health benefits for you. This is important because high-glycaemic foods have been linked to a heightened risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Make sure you eat them when perfectly ripe.