Primary Eye Care Associates - December 2018

SURVIVING THE SEASON OF SWEETS How to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth With Less Sugar

half as much sugar as milk chocolate, twice as much healthy fat, less cholesterol, 4–5 times more iron, twice as much potassium, fewer carbs, and more flavonoids and theobromine. The antioxidant properties of the theobromine and flavonoids make dark chocolate as good for your heart as it is for your soul. If you have a recipe that calls for chocolate, reach for the dark stuff, whether it’s dark chocolate chips, cocoa powder, or baking chocolate.

Cookies, cakes, and pies, oh my! The holiday season is brimming with sweet treats of all kinds. Sometimes it can feel like candy and sugary desserts are around every corner, and yet you still want to indulge. However, when you consider that over 50 percent of Americans are insulin-resistant, prediabetic, or diabetic, that piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream starts to look more dangerous than appetizing. During the holidays, how can you satisfy your sweet tooth without worrying about consuming excessive sugar and calories? Skip the candy and go for the fruits and nuts. Keeping a bowl of fruit and nuts nearby can help keep sugar cravings at bay. Dried fruits, such as cranberries,

pineapple, or apricots, are both sweet and nutritious. Just be sure to check the packaging for added sugars. You can even make your own dried fruit with a food dehydrator. This way, you are completely in control of the ingredients. No matter what you do, just be mindful not to overindulge. Dried fruit is high in sugar and calories, but the

While it may seem as though everyone and their grandma is overindulging

fiber and vitamins make fruit much healthier than just about any other sugary treat.

in sugar this season, know that you have the choice to opt for healthier sweets. And come New Year’s, you won’t have to spend the first few months of 2019 working off that

Another way to cut down on your sugar intake is to use dark chocolate in all your

chocolate-based treats. Dark chocolate has about

extra cookie weight.

EYES OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM 2 Birds That Redefine Vision

Everything we do at Primary Eye Care centers around the human eye and how we can help it perform better. We

very well, making their vision better than that of most animals. However, while owls can see well, their vision lacks color clarity. EAGLES With a range eight times that of humans, eagles are the animal kingdom’s interpretation of binoculars. Add in the fact that they can see a more extensive array of colors than we can, and the term “eagle eye” makes a whole lot more sense. Eagles are natural predators, and they rely on their vision to spot potential targets up to 2 miles away. It makes them vastly superior to other birds of prey, but while they are great hunters, they often steal their food from other animals rather than hunt. We can’t help you see better than an owl or an eagle, but we can promise you the best service Chicago has to offer. Reach out to us today, and we’ll show you the potential of the human eye.

provide ocular nutrition, exams, and treatment plans designed for your specific needs. But while we dedicate our lives to the human eye, there are two species of animals that are known for having the best vision in the animal kingdom.

OWLS An owl can turn its head an

astonishing 270 degrees, which helps it scan its environment with minimal movement. Owls’ eyes are a defining aspect of their predatory abilities. Larger than human eyes, owl eyes have more rods and a reflective film behind the retina, making their nocturnal vision a force to be reckoned with. Owls can also see during the day


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