Choosing Healthy Food as You Get Older

Another Helpful Health Tip from the Trusted Team at Metropolis Drugs II

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Want to improve your diet in a simple, easy-to-do way?
Check out these tips from the National Council on Aging.

Look for important nutrients. Your plate should look like a rainbow — bright, colored foods are best! A healthy meal should include lean protein (lean meats, seafood, eggs and beans); fruits and vegetables (think orange, red, green and purple); whole grains (brown rice, whole-wheat pasta); and low-fat dairy. Remember to choose foods that are high in fiber and low in sodium. Also, look for vitamin D, an important mineral as we age.

Read the Nutrition Facts label. The healthiest foods are whole foods found on the perimeter of the grocery store in the produce, meat and dairy sections. When you do eat packaged foods, read the labels to find items that are lower in fat, added sugars and sodium.

Stay hydrated. Don’t let yourself get dehydrated. Drink small amounts of fluids consistently throughout the day. Tea, coffee and water are your best choices.

Source: National Council on Aging

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