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UK veganism surge brings benefits to eyesight.

Carrots, among other vegetables, could in fact help you see in the dark, according to recent research carried out by Optical Express. 

As part of ‘Veganuary’, more Brits than ever will bring in the new decade with a move towards veganism, and the trend may not only benefit our waistlines but also our eyesight. 

In 2019, the numbers of people signing up for Veganuary nearly doubled, increasing from 168,000 to 250,000* in just one year. Over one percent of the population now declare themselves vegan. 

Increased awareness of environmental and health risks associated with consuming animal-based products has led to many choosing to adopt a vegan lifestyle. Our research has revealed that this plant-based diet does more than keep off the pounds.  

Vitamin A, found in carrots, squash and spinach, is proven to increase the eyes ability to perform in low light. Together with the other powerful benefits of vegetables, such as fibre and antioxidants, increased uptake of these vitamins will ensure the strongest possible eye health. 

Clinical Services Director, Stephen Hannan offers advice about what we should be putting on our plates: “We immediately assume that our diet affects our appearance, but we shouldn’t forget that what we eat has a direct impact on our optical health. Plant-based food is packed with valuable vitamins and nutrients that are crucial to maintaining eyesight.

A healthy, balanced diet can reduce the risk of developing eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration. So, a good serving of vegetables will result in a feast for our eyes as well as our stomachs!”In 2019 the UK was among the top five most obese countries in Europe, along with Malta and Turkey. 

During last year’s ‘Veganuary’, alongside other new years’ resolutions, Brits turned their attention to having a ‘meat free month’ in a bid to become healthier and cut down on red meats. 

Although the lifestyle choice for many has had positive effects, the launch of new vegan-based products like a vegan sausage roll and vegan ice cream attracted negative criticism from high profile celebrates like Good Morning Britain host, Piers Morgan who labelled the vegan filled pastry as ‘disgusting’. 

Top veg that we should have on our plates.


Squash - contains vitamin A which helps promote good vision in low light. 

Brussels - contains carotenoids lutein & vitamin C which have key nutrients needed for eyesight. 

Red peppers - contains vitamin C which helps the blood vessels stay healthy around the eyes. 
 
Kale - contains vitamin E which can help to prevent age related eye issues. 

Spinach - contains vitamin A and carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which help eyes detect contrast better.

Carrots - contains vitamin A which helps to maintain good vision. 

Collards - contains vitamin C and carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which helps fight damage caused by dry eyes. 

 

*https://www.vegansociety.com/news/media/statistics