According to the 2015-2020 released Dietary Guidelines for Americans, total recommended fat consumption limits have been eliminated by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. These agencies agree that foods containing beneficial fats can have positive health boosts. Seniors can add a variety of healthy fats to their diet to aid in vitamin absorption and cardiovascular disease prevention.
Olive oil is a natural healthy fat that can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Research published in the journal Molecules announced that olive oil’s oleic acid and secoiridoids delay the aging process by guarding the body on a cellular level. According to senior care providers in El Dorado County, extra virgin olive oil is the best choice due to fewer processing applications and is perfect to sauté vegetables with.
Aged cheeses, such as Parmesan or Romano, are an excellent source of probiotics that encourage digestion and weight stability. Cheese can raise levels of the body’s butyric acid, which can reduce risk of obesity while promoting a rapid metabolism. Add a small amount in a salad to enhance flavor as the fat enables improved nutrient absorption of the vegetables.
Omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish are necessary for effective brain function. The latest Dietary Guidelines suggest that 8 ounces of fish consumed per week will deliver the proper amount of polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These fatty nutrients encourage brain health and battle inflammation and chronic disease.
A mere handful of nuts contain an impressive variety of nutrients such as vitamin E, amino acids, and unsaturated fatty acids. This small snack has been linked to reduced levels of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Eat a daily one-ounce plain serving but avoid added sugar, salt, and additional oils often found in prepackaged nuts.
Learn more about boosting senior health from the friendly staff at Home Care Assistance. Our respite, part-time, and live-in caregivers in El Dorado County grocery shop, prepare healthy meals, provide mobility support, and encourage cognitive wellbeing, promoting total wellness. Give our office a call at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 today and schedule your in-home consultation.