Children's good vision affects not only their development but also their intellectual capacity. And it is that not seeing well affects the school performance of children. The view is the sense by which the greatest amount of information is received, approximately 90 percent. According to a study con
Children's good vision affects not only their development but also their intellectual capacity. And it is that not seeing well affects the school performance of children. The view is the sense by which the greatest amount of information is received, approximately 90 percent. According to a study conducted by the Foundation of the Institute of Visual Sciences of Madrid (INCIVI), between 15 and 30 percent of school failure may be due to vision problems.
Foods recommended for vision and eyes
Bad calligraphy, spelling mistakes or difficulty reading are sometimes the result of problems of focus or perception, very difficult to detect without medical help. In most cases, children do not complain, but there are some attitudes that can make adults suspect that there is a problem.
Food plays a very important role in the prevention of eye health. What are the foods that cure children's vision and eyes, and how to make them to make the most of their properties and like children?
Dr. María Concepción Vidales Aznar, specialist in Nutrition, Human Dietetics and Eating Disorders, director of the Nutrimedic clinic, and author of the bookCocina que cura, ensures that a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, and acids Essential fatty acids is essential to maintain the vision of children in good condition.The best foods to maintain good eye health are red and orange fruits and vegetables. This is due to its content in vitamin A and provitamin A (beta carotene), both with preventive and beneficial properties for vision. They also contain significant amounts of vitamin C with antioxidant effects.
Likewise, fruits and vegetables in general are rich in B vitamins, which are necessary for the proper functioning of the nervous system and the transmission of information to the brain. Other substances necessary for good eye health are lutein and zeaxanthin, two pigments that we can also find in many fruits and vegetables of orange and green.
To take care of the children's visual health, it has been established that 60 percent of the vitamin A intake must come from the diet, that is, we must ingest the carotenoids from the food. The consumption of 2.1 mg daily of beta-carotene in the form of supplements can also be recommended.
How to prepare vegetables and fruit for children
The best way to take advantage of vitamin A is to take fruits, vegetables and red-colored vegetables such as peach, carrot, orange, grapefruit, tomato and mango. It is convenient to consume them raw as fresh fruits, but children also take them very well in juices and they are highly recommended.
In porridges and purées, carrots and squash, mixed with potatoes, zucchini and leeks, are also delicious for the palate of children because of their sweet taste.
Dr. María Concepción Vidales Aznar
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Specialist in Nutrition, Human Dietetics and Eating Disorders