We Need to Talk About Sugar and Macular Degeneration
I spend a lot of time researching and writing about all the things that are healthy to put into our bodies to aid in optimal eye health. Carotenoids, lutein, legumes, antioxidants, and acidophilus anyone?
Well, as if that isn’t confusing enough, we should also discuss what NOT to put into our bodies for optimal eye health. Sometimes eliminating things from our diet can feel even harder than adding things to it, but it’s just as important. Like, sure I’ll eat ANOTHER spinach salad for lunch and I’ll sit at the table and force myself to gag down these 11 supplemental pills every morning because I know for sure those things are good for my eyes. But, ummmm, do I really have to cut back on dessert? Can’t I just have one soda?
The vitamins and supplements I take
First, if you’re wondering why I take 11 pills each morning (because yes, that’s a lot) it’s because in order to get the dose of Omega 3 Fatty acids I need, I have to take three. My daily multivitamin is two pills, and so on. I also take a few probiotics, an eye vitamin (purposefully lacking zinc which is important for my eyes’ unique needs), CoQ10 for help with blood circulation, and a few others prescribed to me for things completely unrelated to macular degeneration.
There are so many 'unhealthy' things we could eliminate from our diets in order to optimize eye health, but this series of articles will focus on just one: sugar.
Sugar is complicated
Before we start, we need to understand the basics about sugar. There is so much to know and they're extremely complicated and sneaky, so we will consider this Sugar 101. Sugars have many aliases and that can make things really confusing. They can be referred to as starches, carbohydrates, saccharides, and so on. And once they start to process in our bodies they turn into glucose.
Here are a few other sneaky names for sugar1:
- Brown Sugar
- Cane Sugar
- White Sugar
- Powdered Sugar
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