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Simple Eating As You Age
It is important to eat a variety of foods from all food groups to get the nutrients your body needs as you age. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk or milk products. It also includes lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.
Eating right doesn't have to be complicated:
- Eat fresh, frozen or unsweetened canned fruits and unsalted canned vegetables. Eat more dark green vegetables like leafy greens or broccoli and orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes.
- Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas.
- Eat at least three ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.
- Have three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy (milk, yogurt or cheese) that are fortified with vitamin D to help keep your bones healthy.
- Make the fats you eat healthy ones (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats).
For more information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle as you age, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Healthy Aging section.
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