Eating Well as You Get Older

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jan 12, 2011

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Old coupleHow should you eat as you get older?  Which foods are likely to keep you most healthy and which ones should you limit?  Is it possible to eat well and stay within a healthy weight?

Your need for healthy foods doesn’t diminish with age.  As we age, our bodies still require essential nutrients, most of which are found in foods.

“Eating well is vital at any age, but as you get older, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health,”
says Dr. Richard J. Hodes, director of NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA).  Eating a well-planned, balanced mix of healthy foods every day may help prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer and anemia.
However, eating healthy may not always be easy for older adults.  Changing appetites, slower metabolism, eating alone, buying ready-to-eat meals and living on a fixed income can all affect the quality of your food choices.

In addition to learning how to make wise food choices, older adults who visit the web pages will find information about food labels, food safety, meal planning, food shopping and ways to enhance the enjoyment of eating.

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