As we age, our nutritional needs change—so our eating habits should, too. Here are five basic tips for healthy eating for those age 50 and better:
Fiber Is Your Friend
Increase your fiber-rich foods, such as whole-grain breads and cereals, legumes, and fruits and vegetables. You’ll enjoy multiple health benefits, including keeping your digestion moving (if you know what we mean), lowering your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and controlling your weight.
Watch the Fats
Help reduce your risk of heart disease by sticking with foods low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol. Foods with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are best—so check those nutrition labels.
Bone up on Calcium & Vitamin D Needs
Even if you’ve been good about taking calcium and vitamin D, keep in mind that older adults need more of these nutrients to maintain good bones. Try for three servings per day of vitamin D-fortified, low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt, dark leafy vegetables, fortified cereals and fruit juices, or canned fish.
Boost Energy with B12
It’s common for older adults to need more vitamin B12. When you boost your intake with fortified cereal, lean meat and certain seafood, or even a supplement, you may notice higher energy levels and better appetite and digestion.
Pick up on Potassium, Put Down the Salt
By increasing your potassium and reducing your sodium (salt), you may be able to lower your risk of high blood pressure. Good sources of potassium include fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt.
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