University researchers have updated the food pyramid to suit the older woman (and man for that matter). It emphasises the importance of nutrient-dense food choices and the importance of fluid balance.
In addition to this, the food pyramid offers information about the forms of foods that could be best in meeting the often unique needs of the older adult.
Leanne and Fitness Tips say:
The updated and modified food pyramid for the older adult represents foods in the following categories, not forgetting the great importance of fluid intake and physical activity:
- Whole, enriched and fortified grains and cereals such as brown rice and 100% whole-wheat bread
- Bright coloured vegetables, such as carrot and broccoli
- Deep coloured fruits such as berries and melon
- Low-fat and non-fat dairy products, such as yoghurt and low-lactose milk
- Dried beans, nuts, fish, poultry, lean meat and eggs
- Liquid vegetable oils and soft spreads low in saturated fats and trans fat
Just remember, it is never too late to start paying attention to healthy eating and physical activity, however, early attention to these things really will help as you enter the older years.
Healthy aging will be achieved when good nutrition and exercise are part of your lifestyle and can reduce the risk of illness or disease in later life.
Ageing is inevitable, and a healthy, balanced lifestyle can help just exactly how well we age.