Eat an orange a day to help beat blindness
AN orange a day keeps the optician away, researchers claim.
It more than halves the risk of developing macular degeneration, an incurable condition that leads to gradual loss of vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the elderly.
In a study of over 2,000 over-50s, those who had at least one orange a day had more than 60% less risk of developing the disease 15 years later than those who did not.
Scientists believe the key is the antioxidant flavonoids found in the fruit. However, no similar effect was found in other foods rich in flavonoids such as tea, red wine and apples by the team at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research in Sydney, Australia. Study leader Prof Bamini Gopinath, of the University of Sydney, said: “We found people who eat at least one serve of orange every day have a reduced risk of developing macular degeneration compared with people who never eat oranges.
“The data shows that flavonoids found in oranges appear to help protect against the disease.”
Previous studies focused on the effects of common nutrients such as vitamins C, E and A on the eyes.
Around 600,000 people in the UK have sight loss caused by the incurable disease and around 70,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, equivalent to nearly 200 per day.
BLACK bananas and mouldy apples could be a thing of the past thanks to an 11-year-old girl’s hi-tech fruit bowl.
Rumaan Malik’s Alarm Cup, winner of the Ocado Food Waste Challenge, alerts owners when fruit is about to go off.
Rumaan, of Grasby, Lincs, said: “Apples are my favourite but they were always going all soft when my mum left them out in the fruit bowl. That’s when I thought of my idea.”
Now Ocado plans to roll out the device for customers.
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