Whether due to convenience, habit or misinformation, it isn’t too surprising to find that many of us end up eating foods that we believe are healthy when in fact they are far from it. At Bridgewater Home Care Assistance, we strongly believe that a balanced and nutritious diet is important for seniors and elderly adults. We encourage you to take the time to see if the following 5 “health foods” are staples in your loved one’s refrigerator or cupboard. You might be surprised at how unhealthy they really are!
- Canned Soups, Vegetables and Beans – The reason for this problematic category of “health food” involves the sodium content. If you are trying to help your aging loved one maintain healthy blood pressure results, eliminating these foods and replacing them with homemade soups, fresh or frozen vegetables and soaked beans from a bag can help improve overall health.
- Commercial Fruit Juices – Fruit juices are fantastic in theory, but in reality, many fruit juice companies add high fructose corn syrup to the mix, taking this tasty whole food treat to unhealthy levels quickly. Also, seniors who are battling diabetes should pay special attention to such concentrated levels of sugars.
- Artificial Sweeteners – Again, if your loved one is trying to overcome issues with diabetes, it is important to remain vigilant about any type of sweetener intake. Artificial sweeteners have become associated with metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes and obesity. Small servings of honey, maple syrup or even Stevia are preferable.
- Highly Processed Diet Foods – Help your senior loved one avoid lean frozen meals since they are loaded with sodium to give them flavor and keep them fresh. If your aging loved is finding it difficult to prepare fresh meals independently, consider help from a home caregiver. Bridgewater hourly care services include a caregiver who can come directly to your loved ones home to assist with meal preparation, and can also help with creating freezer meals from fresh ingredients to enjoy later.
- Yogurt – While yogurt offers many benefits to seniors for its active culture and probiotics, there are many yogurt products that use a pasteurization process which destroys all of the important enzymes and nutrients. Check the labels of your loved one’s favorite yogurt and see if they are in fact rich in probiotics. If not, make the switch to a brand so your loved one can enjoy maximum health benefits.
For more information about senior nutrition, contact the Bridgewater live-in care specialists at 908.450.9400 today. Available 24/7, our devoted Care Managers can answer any of your questions and will be more than happy to help you schedule a complimentary consultation to further discuss the needs of your aging loved one.