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Holiday meals stand out in our memories because they are festive, delicious, and we get to use the fancy silverware and china, right?

What about making this Thanksgiving a literal feast for the eyes by including foods that have a nutritional benefit for your family’s vision? Recent research indicates that good nutrition helps protect eyes from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Vitamins C and E and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin can help reduce the risk of eye disease.​ Vitamin C is found in most fruits and vegetables and vitamin E is found in nuts and seeds. Dark green leafy vegetables are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin. For more detailed information about antioxidants, diet, and nutritional supplements and their effect on eye disease, visit the American Optometric Association website.

Here are some suggestions to incorporate into your Thanksgiving celebration:


  • Offer fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice or tomato juice before or during the meal
  • Include a platter of fresh papaya, cantaloupe, persimmons, and strawberries
  • Prepare a cranberry relish that includes vitamin-rich cranberries, orange juice and  peel, and nuts
  • Add sunflower seeds or nuts to the stuffing
  • Serve side dishes of steamed kale, collard greens, spinach or peas
  • Include a raw vegetable platter of broccoli, green or orange peppers, and sliced tomatoes
  • Use safflower oil for frying and flaxseed oil in the salad dressing
  • Provide pre-feast snacks of almonds and peanuts. And don’t forget to give thanks for having eyes to admire the bounty of the autumn season.

Planning an Eye-Friendly Thanksgiving Menu

FEAST FOR THE EYES