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Eating Healthy as You Age

As we age, the nutritional needs of our bodies change and therefore our eating habits should change also. When we are over 50, we do not need as many calories as we did when we were younger, but we need just as many nutrients. Because we need the same amount of nutrients with fewer calories, we should eat nutrient dense foods. Here are some guidelines for healthy eating in older Americans:

fruits and vegetables (choose a range of types with vibrant colors)

whole grain like oatmeal, whole wheat bread, brown rice

fat-free or low-fat milk and cheese, or soy or rice milk that is fortified with vitamin D and calcium

seafood, lean meats, poultry, and eggs

beans, nuts, and seeds

Eat few or none of these foods:

sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts that have added sugars

foods with butter, shortening, of other fats that are solid at room temperature

white bread, rice, and pasta made from refined grains

Other suggestions for healthy eating are to control your portion sizes, prepare your own food, and remember to drink plenty of water.