Research shows that a healthy diet helps prevent some of the top chronic health conditions. What kinds of meals do your parents have each day? Here are some of the top foods your mom and dad should be eating for their health.
Fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids help increase good cholesterol levels. By replacing meats high in saturated fat, your parents benefit from oils that aid with inflammation and improve cholesterol levels. Some of the best fish to eat include mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna.
Dark, leafy greens are rich in antioxidants that help with cell health. They help fight inflammation that can lead to chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Bok choy, chard, kale, and spinach are all examples of greens to add to your parents’ diet.
One study found that people who regularly eat leafy greens had a 20 to 30 percent lower risk of developing glaucoma. Studies have also found it lowers your risk of developing macular degeneration.
Dried beans and legumes are high in fiber, fat-free, and packed with folic acid. They also contain iron, some calcium, and plenty of protein. They’re also easy to incorporate into daily meals. Lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of certain cancers, constipation, and inflammatory conditions by increasing legume intake.
Popular legumes include chickpeas, kidney beans, and lentils. Have beans in place of meat in chili, soups, sloppy joes, and more.
While white potatoes have many health benefits, including vitamin B, sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E. They’re also rich in calcium, folate, and potassium. They also contain fiber that helps lower the risk of certain cancers, including colorectal cancer.
Whole grains that have been minimally processed are high in fiber, which helps reduce the risk of inflammatory conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. The fiber content also helps with several other health issues, such as constipation or obesity. Fiber helps you feel full longer, which can help prevent snack attacks and between-meal binges.
When your parents don’t choose healthy foods, you should determine if it’s now and then or a constant thing. If it’s consistent, it’s time to ask why they aren’t eating more grains, low-fat dairy, protein, and produce.
It could be that cooking meals or following recipes are challenging for your mom or dad. That’s okay. Elder care aides can help them in the kitchen. If they’d rather have their caregivers cook for them, meal preparation is offered as part of an elder care plan. Call to learn more.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care in Webster Groves, MO please contact the caring staff at Autumn Home Care, LLC today at 636-448-9347.