Many foods that are generally considered unhealthy for various reasons have nutritional benefits that make them quite healthy. You may want to add some of them to your senior loved one’s diet. Allen senior care professionals discuss the surprising benefits of the following 5 foods.
1. Nut Butters
Nut butters have long been considered unhealthy due to the amount of fat and calories they contain. However, for seniors, they are an excellent source of calories because they contain protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Nut butters are easy to digest as well.
Potatoes are thought to be a comfort food due to the way they are often served. A senior can greatly benefit from eating these starchy vegetables because they contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and fiber. They can also be prepared in many ways and with different toppings to increase calorie counts where needed.
It was long believed that eggs had a negative impact on senior’s cholesterol levels when eaten regularly. Science has now proven saturated fats affect blood cholesterol more than dietary cholesterol. Eggs are an excellent and cheap source of high-quality protein and many other vitamins and minerals.
4. Dairy Products
Dairy products contain the calcium and vitamin D seniors need for strong bones. They are also a good source of protein. However, some may regard dairy products as harmful due to the levels of saturated fats. In moderation and alongside a balanced diet, dairy products such as low-fat milk and yogurt are outstanding food choices.
5. Breakfast Cereals
Breakfast cereals are known for their high sugar and fat content, but they also contain the valuable vitamin B12, which is essential for seniors because it helps maintain the nervous system and prevent anemia. As people age, the ability to absorb vitamin B12 decreases, so it’s important to consume extra when possible. Cereals like Kellogg’s All-Bran with Extra Fiber will contain more of this nutrient, but even regular Kellogg’s Cheerios can help boost the daily intake.
For more information on the nutritional value of foods, get in touch with Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can help your loved one around the house and with meal prep, and can also encourage him or her to eat nutritious meals and exercise. We also provide comprehensive Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care Allen families can count on. Call (972) 548-0392 to speak with a Care Manager about customizing a care plan for your loved one.