Elderly Nutrition: Important Foods for Seniors

Seniors face a unique set of issues related to diet and metabolism. The World Health Organization reports that a majority of diseases can be blamed on a poor diet lacking sufficient nutrients. That’s why it is so important that seniors, in particular, focus on getting the healthy nutrition they need to live a satisfying and healthy life.

Dietary Guidelines

Broadly speaking, a healthy diet for seniors includes carbohydrate-rich foods, lean protein, and five servings of vegetables and fruits.

Below are recommended foods for seniors to add to their diet.

Lean Protein Choices

Older people don’t absorb protein as easily as they once did when they were younger. AARP recommends five to six ounces of protein each day. Fish is touted as an excellent source of protein since it also provides healthy omega-3 fats and B12. Salmon, tuna, cod, and trout are excellent options.

Poultry, nuts, lean meat, beans, cottage cheese, peas, poultry, and soy products round out a healthy diet for seniors with adequate protein required to maintain muscle mass.

Recommended Vegetables

When selecting vegetables, choosing a variety of colors is advisable. Some highly recommended options are listed below.

  • Dark Leafy Greens
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Swiss Chard
  • Asparagus
  • Collard Greens
  • Ginger

Recommended Fruits

Fruits are an important source of vitamins and minerals. The fiber they provide is also key for maintaining a healthy body. As if that is not enough reason to eat fruit daily, they are also rich in antioxidants.

Below is a list of fruits that seniors should consider incorporating into their diet.

  • Berries
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Kiwi
  • Oranges
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Lemons
  • Grapefruit
  • Limes
  • Pineapple

Few scientists, physicians, or dieticians question the link between diet and health. Many chronic ailments are considered to be lifestyle diseases. That’s why it is critical that seniors focus on a healthy diet.

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