As we grow older, eating healthy becomes even more critical to our health and well-being. Aging is inevitable, but we do have control over our nutritional intake. That can, in turn, change our health outcomes and quality of life. By educating yourself about the nutritional changes you and your loved ones will experience as they age, you can prepare for the challenge.
Various physical changes occur in the body as we get older, including thinning of the skin, a decrease in stomach acid and muscle loss. Every change that happens to our body means a change that should happen to our nutritional intake. For example, a decrease in stomach acid can make it harder to absorb calcium, iron and magnesium. This might mean taking a special supplement or increasing the amount of calcium in your diet. Older adults also need fewer calories than adults under 60. This presents a problem for many without nutrition advice, as they must pack more nutrients into a smaller amount of calories.
The need for more nutrients and more protein means that some seniors must adjust their diets. The USDA and AARP issued special MyPlate guidelines for seniors that you can see by clicking here. What types of foods should older adults be eating every day?
In general, you should limit your oil intake to 5-8 teaspoons and use as little solid fat, added sugar and salt every day.
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