As a senior citizen, you should be pretty cautious of the number of calories you consume every day. This is because when a person grows old a good and balanced diet helps to prevent diseases like osteoporosis, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and much more. As a senior person, you may need to consume fewer calories but more nutrients like vitamins and minerals. If you have availed of home care services, then you should ask your caregiver to help you choose the right foods.
So on that note, take a look at some of the calories of some of the common foods in the various food groups.
Cereals and Millets are a common staple food of all Indians. They are a good source of fibre and carbohydrates.
These are a good source of protein which is very important for the senior’s muscle development and overall health.
Vegetables are a great source of minerals and vitamins as well as fibre. One should consume green leafy vegetables for overall health.
Apart from green leafy vegetables, there are colourful vegetables as well which provide a lot of essential minerals and vitamins.
These vegetables are packed with fibre and antioxidants and are low in fats, cholesterol and calories. These are also a source of carotenoids which are good for the eyes.
Apart from the vitamins and minerals, consuming fruits can prevent some types of cancers, lowers digestive problems and have a positive effect on blood sugar.
These are rich in antioxidants and packed with nutrients. However, they come with higher calories and need to be portioned accordingly.
Dairy products need to be consumed for calcium, fats, and proteins.
Consume egg, poultry and animal meat for the very essential proteins that are required by our foods. Moreover eat fish for the essential oils that are necessary for good skin, and hair.
Rising Care, home care services, urges seniors to take care of their health and eat a healthy balanced diet every day. By doing so, they can live longer, healthier lives.