Nutrition Needs for the Elderly

Monday, September 20, 2010

As we age, our caloric needs reduce but how can we still get the amount of vitamins and nutrients we need out of our diet? Dr. Edward Hill provides some answers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People of all ages need more than 40 nutrients to stay healthy. With age, it becomes more important that diets contain enough calcium, fiber, iron, protein and the vitamins A, C, D and Folacin.

Because no one food or pill provides all of the nutrients, eat a variety of foods to get the full spectrum of nutrients. Variety often is lacking in the diets of the elderly, who often eat the same foods over and over again. Here are some suggestions to help you or your loved one:

* Use color as a guide for variety in a meal. A good meal should provide three distinct colors on the plate.

* Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day

* To reduce calories select nutrient-dense foods. Enjoy smaller portions of foods high in fat, sugar and sodium.

* Try to consume organic foods as they provide nutrition that is free from the threat posed by the harmful pesticides

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.