Healthy Eating After 50

Maintaining Healthy Eating Habits After 50

There may come a point in life where food does not have the same appeal it once did. Some people may feel worn out after years spent in the kitchen preparing meals and worrying about getting dinner to the table on time; others may have simply lost their appetites. Whatever the reason, eating healthy after the age of 50 has been identified as a public health concern, and one that should not be overlooked.

The National Institute on Aging offers some tips on how to eat healthy as you age:

  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Limit the amount of saturated fats and trans fats in your diet.
  • Make sure that at least half of all grains consumed are whole grains.
  • Eat five to seven ounces of meat or beans each day, and at least three cups of milk or milk products.

Aside from following the food pyramid and making conscious, healthy eating choices, there may be other problems preventing people from maintaining a balanced diet. As we age, our sense of taste and smell changes, which could make certain foods taste bland. Additionally, our tolerance for certain foods may change. Adding spices to food for flavor is fine, but too much salt could lead to high blood pressure. Adults over 50 should limit sodium intake to 1500mg per day.

With a less-than-sharp sense of smell, putting dates on food in the refrigerator may be a good idea to make sure it has not gone bad before consuming it. Our bodies are less able to fight off infections as we age, so it is very important to keep food safe. While it may not be as easy or as enjoyable to eat healthily as the years go on, it is still important to make healthy food choices and take extra precautions with certain foods to ensure that your overall health is not jeopardized. Reference URL: http://www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/healthyeating.htm
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