Feb 15, 2019 by Ian Bongaardt
The idea that certain foods can contribute to heart health is not new. A well-balanced diet is essential throughout your life, but that doesn’t mean it is too late to make healthier choices as we age. In fact, for many people a healthy diet not only encourages heart health, but may also reduce the risk of diseases such as Type II diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and coronary artery issues
Eating well is also important for seniors as they may become more susceptible to issues that accompany aging. Seniors often battle loss of appetite, challenges in cooking healthy foods for one, and other health-related obstacles. These challenges affect their overall health and wellbeing which allows them to continue living independent lives in their own homes. For these reasons, it is critical seniors consume healthy foods and snacks that promote good health.
With these challenges in mind, Comfort Keepers® has researched which foods experts advise seniors eat in order to encourage a healthy heart. To get you started we’ve provided five excellent choices, but please remember to consult your doctor before making any diet changes.
Berries and grapes: While blueberries are a number one choice because they contain high levels of antioxidants, other berries such as raspberries, strawberries and even red grapes are beneficial. Add a handful of berries to your morning oatmeal, or munch on grapes for a healthy snack.
Whole grains: Choose breads, cereals, oatmeal, pasta and even snack crackers made of whole grains to reduce risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases.
Fruits and vegetables: Think color. Dark leafy green, deep reds, yellows and oranges found in spinach, cooked tomatoes, squash and oranges are some choices. Daily intake of these foods has been linked to lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease, and possible decreased risk of some cancers, along with lowered risk of eye diseases and digestive issues.
Olive oil: Olive oil contains a healthy type of fat that, when consumed in moderation, may help reduce risk of heart disease and promotes lower cholesterol levels.
Soy: Daily servings of soybeans like edamame, tofu, soy milk and yogurt are excellent sources of soy protein, linked to reduced risks of cardiovascular diseases, weight loss, and some types of cancers.
If you’d like to learn more about heart health, Comfort Keepers®, or would like to schedule your free in home consultation, please visit us online anytime or call us at (267) 293-7434.