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Why are healthy eating patterns important for older adults?

06/08/2019

Good nutrition is important at any age.

Nutrient needs change as you age; older adults need smaller portions but still the same or more vitamins and minerals.    Eating nutrient-rich foods will help you get the vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats you need.  Healthy eating will also help to prevent or manage heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. 

Eat a variety of food each day. Aim for ½ of your plate to be vegetables and fruits, ¼ of your plate to be protein foods such as beans and lentils, nuts and seeds, dairy products (milk, yogurt, and cheese) and lean meat and poultry, and ¼ of your plate to be whole grains.

Why are healthy eating patterns important for older adults?