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Ask Tufts Experts February 2017 Issue

Q. Is there anything I can eat for cataracts?

A. Allen Taylor, PhD, director of Tufts' HNRCA Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research, answers: "Based on available research, the usual 'healthy diet' is the best one can do. That includes a high (5 or more servings daily) intake of fruits and vegetables (including dark leafy greens), some dark (fatty) fish and whole-grain products, but lower in refined carbohydrate and sugars." Why the emphasis on carbohydrate quality? As reported in a research review coauthored by Taylor and published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, people with lower fasting blood sugar levels have shown diminished incidence and delayed progression of cataracts.

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