Monday, 21 March 2016

The foods you should be eating to enjoy good health in old age (60s and beyond)

Your 60s and beyond
As you approach retirement age poor eating habits from earlier decades can really start catching up with you.

What to eat to get to old age

To combat the effects as much as possible, the focus should be on disease prevention.

The focus in your 60s should be on disease prevention
If you’re not doing so already, you now need to be eating a balanced, antioxidant-rich, calcium-packed, wholegrain diet, which includes one portion of oily fish per week, as well as regularly taking a vitamin D supplement.

Eat nutrient-dense foods
Nutrient-dense foods contain the highest levels of vitamins and minerals for the fewest calories. Since your calorie needs are starting to decline and appetite may have dwindled, every calorie really counts, nutritionally speaking. And yes, you’ve guessed it – that means choosing from the healthy foods listed above.

Plump for protein
Men catch up with women when it comes to losing muscle mass in their 60s, so eating plenty of protein is important for both sexes. Lean meats, fish, nuts, beans and pulses are all rich sources of protein.

Eggs for eye health
 Eggs are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that can help prevent age-related macular degeneration. Leafy green veg, and yellow and orange veg are also useful sources.

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