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Tips to help seniors improve their nutrition

Next Wednesday is the beginning of National Nutrition Month, which emphasizes the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. Created in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Diabetics, the annual campaign invites everyone to learn about making informed choices regarding eating habits and physical activity.

Below is a list of 5 ways for seniors to eat healthier.

1. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Health Canada recommends that seniors consume at least 5 portions of fruits or vegetables every day. They don’t have to be fresh. Frozen, canned, dried, and juiced fruits and vegetables work as well.

2. Reduce saturated fat consumption. Too much saturated fat increases the cholesterol level in your blood and thus increases your risk of developing heart disease. Foods high in saturated fat include butter, cheese, and some types of meat. Men should limit their intake of saturated fats to 30 grams per day while women should have no more than 20 grams per day.

3. Stay hydrated. It is recommended to consume 6 to 8 glasses of water every day. To add flavour to your water, try adding fruits and herbs or carbonating your water.

4. Aim for food rather than supplements. Although it is harder to obtain certain vitamins and minerals from our diet, research has found that some supplements may be unreliable sources of nutrition since they haven’t been tested.

5. Grocery shop with a list. Knowing exactly what you’re going to buy and not shopping while hungry can prevent impulse buying. This will help you keep healthier items around the house and save you money.

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This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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