A Vegetarian Diet Is Associated with a Lower Risk of Cataract, Particularly Among Individuals with Overweight: A Prospective Study

Year Published: 2021


Acad Nutr Diet


Tina H T Chiu, Chia-Chen Chang, Chin-Lon Lin, Ming-Nan Lin


This study examined data from 6,002 participants in the Tzu Chi Health Study to observe the relationship between diet and risk of cataracts.

Key Findings

Key Findings: Compared with non-vegetarians, vegetarians had a higher intake of soy, nuts, whole grains, vitamin C, folate, and vitamin A Equivalent. A vegetarian diet was associated with a 20% reduced risk of cataracts. This association was most pronounced in overweight individuals.