Types of Foods Seniors Should Avoid

The Worst Foods for Older Adults

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At Home Care Assistance of Grand Rapids, we know eating well becomes increasingly important as a person ages. Yet, it can be very hard to break an older adult of years of poor eating habits. If you’re concerned about a senior loved one’s health, learn the worst foods for older adults so you can start encouraging him or her to embrace a healthier lifestyle for enhanced longevity and quality of life.

Artificial Sweeteners

When first entering the market, artificial sweeteners were thought to be the answer to enjoying sweet tasting beverages without the guilty pleasures of table sugar. Unfortunately, artificial sweeteners can affect digestion, increase inflammatory problems in the body, and cause other gastrointestinal problems such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea. It can be even more difficult for seniors to effectively cope with such problems since their GI tract and digestive system are already weak.

Spicy Cuisine 

Spicy food can induce heartburn and are usually pumped with sodium that can elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of stroke. If spicy foods cannot be completely avoided, one can incorporate cool foods such as dairy into meals to help calm the heartburn associated with eating a spicy meal.

Fatty Foods

Saturated fats are known for being unhealthy for individuals of all ages. However, it is especially dangerous for older adults who are at greatest risk of heart diseases. Foods in this category include butter, cream-based sauces, gravies, chicken or pork skin, and high-fat dairy products. Good sources of healthy fat include salmon, sardines, tuna, almonds, cashes, and, even tofu.

Transforming a senior loved one’s diet isn’t easy. Try to make gradual changes to help your loved one adjust. If you feel that your loved one could use help with grocery shopping, healthy meal preparation, and other household tasks, learn more about hourly and live-in home care in Grand Rapids. With the help of a trained and compassionate caregiver, your loved one can learn and adopt healthy habits and you can enjoy peace of mind. Call 616-243-0835 to learn more!