Good nutrition is important at any age. Eating well will help you feel your best every day and may even prevent heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and some cancers.
Aging itself affects nutrition. As you get older, you need fewer calories and the same amount, or even more, of certain vitamins and minerals. Planning meals to provide all the required nutrients in fewer calories can be a challenge.
The key to healthy eating is planning your food choices and meals using Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating. That way you will be eating a variety of foods and making choices that are higher in fibre and lower in fat more often. Most special diets for diseases or conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and high blood pressure start with healthy eating as recommended in Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating.
Click here to learn more about Planning Meals for Seniors (Dietitians of Canada)