Feeding the Elderly

Varying the diet according to age is essential to keep the body strong and healthy, so the elderly’s diet must have:

  • Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains: they are a good source of fiber, useful for constipation, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
  • Milk and its derivatives: have calcium and vitamin D, which strengthen bones and joints, as well as proteins, potassium, and vitamin B12.
  • Meats: preferably lean, are good sources of protein and iron, as are eggs.
  • Bread: enriched with fiber, cereals, avoiding white bread, being able to accompany meals as well as rice and beans.
  • Legumes: like beans and lentils, have high fiber content without cholesterol and are rich in proteins.
  • Water: 6 to 8 glasses a day, whether in the form of soup, juice, or teas. One should drink even without feeling thirsty.

Other valuable tips are: do not eat alone, eat every 3 hours, and add different spices to the food to vary the taste. Throughout life, many changes occur in the body and they must be accompanied by correct eating habits to avoid diseases.

See too:

  • What the elderly should eat to lose weight
  • The best exercises for seniors

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