In our most recent blog, we talked a little bit about the dietary needs of senior citizens. We very briefly went over some of the different foods that seniors should be including in their diets, including fish and plenty of fiber-rich foods. However, since then, some of our readers have asked about which foods seniors should avoid eating. At Wilson Care Group, we are happy to help our clients prepare healthy, nutritional meals as part of the home care services we offer to residents in Honolulu. While we strive to prepare healthy, nutrient-rich meals, there are some foods that we like to stay away from, especially when it comes preparing meals for senior citizens.
It is especially important for seniors to avoid foods that are packed with “empty calories.” This refers to foods that are high in calories but have very few nutrients to offer. It best to stay away from foods that are high in saturated or trans fats, as well as foods that contain a large amount of added sugar.
It is hugely important for seniors to limit the amount of sodium in their diets. Limiting your sodium intake will help keep your blood pressure under control. People whose diets are high in sodium have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, which leads to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, as well as other health complications.
We already talked about avoiding foods with empty calories. Foods that contain a large amount of added sugars are high in calories but low in nutrients. Instead of these, opt for lower-calorie nutrient dense alternatives. Fruits and vegetables are nutrient-rich and make for a great snack during the day if you need one.