Practicing what I preach, I had a Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam last week. Yesterday – a believe-it-or-not sunny Sunday – I cooked Copper River Salmon on a plank on our grill. Absolutely amazing! So what links these two disparate items together? Maintaining good macular eye health.
The good news I got following my eye exam is that despite having a family history of macular degeneration, my macula looks perfectly healthy. According to the doctor, a big reason may be because I eat my fair share of salmon. Besides its amazing taste, salmon has the most Omega-3 fatty acids of any fish. Omega-3’s have an incredible litany of vision benefits, including the prevention of macular degeneration, decreased eye dryness, and improved eye health.
But wait, there’s more! Add improved memory, decreased risk of Alzheimer’s, added protection against heart attacks and stroke. It lowers triglycerides, helps protect against sunburn and skin cancer; reduces the chances of several types of cancer and leukemia, protects against Free Radicals AND it can help reduce depression! It’s like a natural pharmacy of good health.
So, when I have an amazing salmon like Copper River, my bias is to treat it gently. I soaked a hickory plank in water for several hours, and then loaded the briquettes into the trusty Weber. I put a light coating of Toasted Sesame Oil on the fish, dusted lightly with Dill, and a bit of grated lemon peel. I used indirect grilling (lid on), with the salmon on the plank, and checked often to ensure I didn’t overcook the fish. Seriously, maybe the best salmon I have ever had. Oh – one other personal bias – I never use farmed fish.
Maintaining healthy eyes while eating fabulous food – that’s not too hard for me to swallow!