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Senior Health: “Bad” Foods You Should Be Eating

By Ilse du Bernard, 9:00 am on

As the body of nutritional knowledge evolves, experts release new research findings that may contradict previous wisdom about “good” and “bad” foods. If you’re concerned about eating a nutritious diet, Kingwood senior care professionals highlight these four foods previously considered unhealthy that actually offer significant health benefits for people over 60.

1. Eggs

While eggs, specifically the yolks, were previously shunned for their high cholesterol, experts have since discovered that saturated fat is more damaging to heart health than dietary cholesterol. Eggs actually make a healthy breakfast because they are packed with protein as well as vitamin D, phosphorus, and riboflavin. According to 2015 research published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, seniors need twice the protein of their younger counterparts to maintain muscle mass. Skip the side of bacon and pair your eggs with fruit or low fat yogurt.

2. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter has long had a reputation as a fattening food, but most of its fat is actually healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils. Like eggs, peanut butter has plenty of protein, along with vitamin E, niacin, folic acid, magnesium, and antioxidants. Look for brands without added sugar and sodium, high fructose corn syrup, or trans fats.

3. Pizza

As with many foods, the key to keeping pizza on the healthy side is to enjoy it in moderation. A regular slice contains about 285 calories as well as 25 percent of your daily recommended calcium. For maximum health benefits, load your slice with veggies instead of meat toppings, or pair a plain slice with a side salad light on dressing.

4. Potatoes

While these veggies are often placed in the unhealthy starch category, they are actually loaded with important nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. Skip the French fries and enjoy a healthy baked potato with a small pat of butter or a spoonful of low fat sour cream.

Eating well can help seniors stave off a number of age-related health issues and maintain a high quality of life well into their golden years. If your aging parent could use help grocery shopping, preparing healthy meals, or otherwise maintaining a healthy lifestyle, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer live-in, hourly, and respite care in Kingwood, ensuring seniors have support with everything from personal hygiene to transportation. Give us a call today at 832-412-1345 and speak with a friendly Care Manager to learn more.