General/Ocular Nutrition (ELC61002)

We will discuss the nutritional pyramid, the roles of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, phytochemicals, zoochemicals, vitamins, and minerals in the diet, the relationship between diet and acute and chronic diseases, the role of zinc, xanthophylls, and various other combinations of vitamins on possible prevention of macular degeneration and cataract formation, the specific effects of salt and fat intake on the development of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer, and the USDA dietary guidelines for Americans. In all of our discussions, implications for ocular health will be highlighted.

  • Lecture Hours: 10
  • Grade Type: pass/fail