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Fruit en blindness

Study of fruits, vegetables, vitamins and carotenoids found that only fruit produced significant decrease in risk in condition that causes blindness. Intake of antioxidant vitamins and carotenoids have been commonly thought to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. However, few studies have examined intake of fruits and vegetables in relationship to this condition. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) analyzed consumption of fruits, vegetables, vitamins and carotenoids by people 50-years-old and older and their individual impact on several stages of AMD – including neovascular AMD, one of the most severe forms of the disease – and have found that fruits decrease the risk for this condition. In addition, researchers have found that vegetables, vitamins and carotenoids did not reduce risk as is commonly thought. 

According to lead author Eunyoung Cho, ScD, a researcher from BWH and an instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), “People are living longer, healthier lives and age-related illnesses, such as blindness, can significantly impact an otherwise healthy quality of life. Because there are a limited number of treatment options for age-related macular degeneration, clinicians and researchers have been focused on identifying factors that reduce risk and can ultimately save a person’s eyesight. This study, the first large-scale look at dietary intake and impact on AMD risk, points researchers to the health benefits of fruit and the role certain fruits play in helping reduce risks associated with this debilitating condition.”

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Fruit rules

Eat sub-acid fruits with either acid fruits or sweet fruits, but never eat acid fruits with sweet fruits.

Acid Fruits: All citrus, kumquats, pineapple, pomegranates, strawberries.

Sub-acid fruits are: apricots, berries, cherimoya, cherries, fresh figs, grapes, mangos, nectarines, papaya, peaches, pears, plums.

Sweet fruits: Bananas, dates, dried fruit, persimmons, prunes, raisins, sapote. (Some apples are sweet and some can be sub-acid)


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