For seniors, diet plays a crucial role in staying healthy. The USDA recommends eating a variety of foods from each food group to reduce the risk of various health conditions like heart disease, hypertension, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Of course, limiting sugar, sodium, and saturated fats is always recommended. But, if your senior loved one is resistant to reducing their intake of these items, focus on adding in more nutritious foods to their diet instead.
It is important for seniors to have sufficient protein, potassium, calcium, fiber, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12. To acquire these nutrients, seniors should aim to have at least 5 servings of various fruits and vegetables a day. For protein, seniors should aim for lower-fat meats such as turkey or chicken, and heart-healthy fish like salmon or tuna. Other dietary staples should include nuts, beans, legumes, whole grains, yogurt, and low-fat milk.
And don’t forget about drinking 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.