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March 2016

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M E D I A

Defending Eyesight in the Kitchen

 

It’s hard to realize how much you use your eyes until your sight dims. Vision loss becomes more common with age; according to the National Federation of the Blind, nearly 3 million older Americans suffer from a loss of sight severe enough to significantly affect their lives.

Many of these people have a retinal disorder called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), marked by “the telltale sign of seeing an area of darkness in the middle of their vision,” say Jennifer Trainer Thompson and Johanna Seddon, MD, ScM, in Eat Right for Your Sight, published by the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (macular.org).

Thompson, author of 10 cookbooks, and Seddon, a retina specialist, teamed up to produce, as Thompson puts it in the introduction, “a savory cookbook that’s fun to read while also highlighting ingredients that promote eye well-being.” That includes foods known to be vision-friendly, such as carrots (Roasted Tomato and Carrot Soup), and some that the average person wouldn’t associate with eyes, such as strawberries (Salmon with Peppered Balsamic Strawberries) or the peaches in the recipe below. What these foods have in common are rich stores of such sight-saving nutrients as vitamin C and lutein. The large, easy-read type is a thoughtful touch.

If you’re worried about your vision, Eat Right for Your Sight can help you make dinner a sight for sore eyes. (To learn more about vision problems and how to prevent them, see The Eye: An Owner's Manual.)

 

Jody’s Peach Soup

1 lb fresh or frozen peaches, pitted and halved (about 2 cups)
2 cups low-fat plain yogurt
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
Serve cold, garnished with fresh fruit or a mint sprig.

Serves 4-6

Recipe from Eat Right for Your Sight:
Simple Tasty Recipes That Help Reduce
the Risk of Vision Loss from Macular Degeneration,
copyright © American Macular
Degeneration Foundation, 2014.
Reprinted by permission of the publisher,
The Experiment (theexperimentpublishing.com).

 

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N U M B E R S

Tobacco’s High Price

 

 

$1,232,159

Total lifetime cost of smoking,

per smoker, in Louisiana

(includes per-pack, healthcare,

lost income and other costs)

 

1

Rank of Louisiana in smoking costs,

by state (including District of Columbia)

 

$326 Billion

Annual cost of smoking

in the US overall

 

Source: WalletHub.com

 

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Low Folate in Pregnancy

Tied to Poor Cognition in Kids

 

Prenatal consumption of folate—a B vitamin best known, in the form of folic acid, for its role in reducing birth defects—may help promote healthy child cognition as well.

Researchers in the Netherlands examined a sample subgroup of that country’s Generation R Study, which included nearly 10,000 pregnant Dutch women. Among the 256 children in the subgroup, those whose mothers had the lowest folate levels during pregnancy were more likely to have poorer language and spatial skills between the ages of six and eight, as well as smaller brain volumes.

According to study results published in the British Journal of Nutrition, women with adequate folate levels during pregnancy had been more likely to take folic acid supplements.

 

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Quote

You can choose to be happy.

There’s going to be stress in life,

but it’s your choice whether you

let it affect you or not.

 

—Valerie Bertinelli

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