Everyone knows that carrots are especially good for your eyes, right? The nutrient lutein — which is found in small amounts in carrots — has been shown to reduce the severity of the age-related eye disease macular degeneration (one of the top causes of vision loss). It turns out, though, that broccoli, spinach and other green leafy vegetables are much better sources of lutein than carrots. Just another reason to eat a wide variety of vegetables and fruit. They’re also a great way to add fiber to your diet while filling you up so you’ll eat less all day.
Aging Backwards healthy eating tips:
1) Feeling like a sandwich? Why not replace the bread with beefsteak tomato slices or Butter Lettuce (Boston Bibb) leaves? A typical “hoagie roll” has 200 calories or more, depending on its size, with 37 grams of carbohydrates (or more.) One medium tomato is 25 calories for the whole thing. Plus, tomatoes are also high in lutein. The Butter Lettuce is practically calorie-free. In addition, anything you typically enjoy eating on a cracker can be eaten on a healthier cucumber slice.
2) Try Portobello Mushrooms next time you’re in the mood for steak. Some people say that Portobellos, when prepared properly, can make you feel as if you’re eating steak. Marinate the mushroom caps as you would a cut of meat, then grill gill side down for two minutes. Turn the mushrooms and grill an additional two to three minutes until browned on both sides.
3) Drink your veggies. You can make your own vegetable juice in a blender or juicer by tossing in a variety of greens and reds or buy low-sodium, organic vegetable juice at your nearby health food store. A typical cup of vegetable juice has about 50 calories and is packed with vital nutrients.
For cutting-edge “insider” information about the latest advances in nutrition and all facets of anti-aging, visit the American Academy of Anti-Aging’s Web site, WorldHealth.net.