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HomeminewsIt’s a Cookbook for Eyes!

It’s a Cookbook for Eyes!

The launch of a fascinating and unique book of recipes entitled Feast Your Eyes – The Eye Health Cookbook imparts recipes from 42 of Australia’s eminent chefs and information that will benefit eye health.

It’s no secret that correct diet is the path to a healthy and happy existence. It is vital to our weight problems, the health of our internal organs and the clarity of our minds. What many don’t realise is that it is just as important to the well-being and health of our eyes.

Feast Your Eyes has been written by Professor Minas T. Coroneo, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, University of N.S.W. at the Prince of Wales Hospital. The book was produced by the Genetic Eye Foundation (G.E.F.), a non-profit, charitable organisation that assists and educates the visually impaired; especially those with hereditary eye diseases. G.E.F. also helps to maintain vision by public and professional teaching and conducts research related to the eye, particularly bionic eye research.

According to Prof. Coroneo: “Mostly, we take our eyes for granted, but their function is crucial to our lives. So how do we protect them? Diet modification protects not just our general health but also our eye health.”

If the media is to be believed, family gatherings around the table at mealtimes are a thing of the past, so it is timely to be reminded of the advantages of making the effort to change our diet for a favourable outcome. After many years of deliberation, months of research, lots of reading and phone calls, it is with considerable excitement that we announce this project has come to fruition

Legendary chefs including Luke Mangan, Maggie Beer and Neil Perry have each contributed a recipe using ingredients selected by the G.E.F. that are beneficial to eye health. Internationally renowned, up and coming chefs and cooking teachers have also contributed recipes. The recipes are intrinsic to the well-known Mediterranean diet.

As distinct from most other publications in this genre, Feast Your Eyes offers sound advice on eating for health as well as pleasure. The recipes featured in the book stimulate interest in the benefit of eating fresh, wholesome food at all times.

Part cookbook, part instruction manual, the book makes a valuable contribution to the knowledge of how best to achieve maximum nutrition from the foods we eat.

Prof. Coroneo traces the history and evidence for the benefits of traditional diets such as the Mediterranean diet in relation to a number of common eye conditions, including macular degeneration, dry eye, cataract and glaucoma. Joint compiler of the recipes, Ms. Hellene Coroneo has been the practice manager of her husband’s busy ophthalmic practice in

Randwick, N.S.W. since 1991.

Prof. Coroneo points out that we live at a frenetic pace in an age when everyone is time poor and fast food franchises abound. Takeaway is the norm in some households and meals lacking nutritious value are often eaten on the run.

“If the media is to be believed, family gatherings around the table at mealtimes are a thing of the past, so it is timely to be reminded of the advantages of making the effort to change our diet for a favourable outcome. After many years of deliberation, months of research, lots of reading and phone calls, it is with considerable excitement that we announce this project has come to fruition,” he says.

The beneficiary of all moneys raised by the sale of this book will be the Genetic Eye Foundation, which researches the newest developments in maintenance of care and solutions to currently untreatable eye problems and helps to fund research for the bionic eye.

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