Choosing Nutrient Dense Foods

Nutrient-dense foods are high in nutrients but relatively low in calories. Older adults should eat a mix of nutrient-dense foods every day.

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Healthy eating in older people not always easy

As people age it may become more difficult to consume certain minerals and vitamins, such as calcium and vitamins D and B12. In addition, medical conditions may reduce activity, which can result in obesity, a risk factor for several diseases, including stroke. In such cases the types and amount of food should be modified to prevent weight gain.

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Proteins and fiber

The power-packed duo

Foods high in protein are not only healthy, they tend to be more filling and keep you full longer.

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Portion size matters

Bigger portions linked to increased waistlines and weight gain

Growing portion sizes are changing what Americans think of as a "normal" portion, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.