8 Foods You Shouldn't Eat When You Get OIder
All of our lives are influenced by food.
Food is both a way for us to survive and an integral part of our culture. Many people mark important life events by hosting large meals. A great meal is something everyone looks forward to.
As you get older, your eating habits can change. You may have to follow a restricted diet due to an allergy. As life changes occur, it may become more difficult to prepare and shop for regular meals. One thing is certain: Healthy eating is important. While you may be familiar with the foods that should be included in a healthy diet plan, do you know which ones to avoid?
These eight foods are things you need to cut back on or avoid as you age.
1. Raw and undercooked eggs, meat, and poultry.
Food poisoning can be caused by undercooked foods like eggs, meat, poultry, and sushi. This can lead to sepsis or septic shock. While anyone can get sick, sepsis is more common in seniors.
You may have been warned not to eat grapefruit if you are taking medication to lower blood pressure, anxiety, or insomnia. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may increase the side effects of certain drugs, possibly making them more dangerous. It is important that you heed any warnings on your medication labels about grapefruit.
3. High-sodium foods.
Salt intake can cause hypertension in older adults. Try adding spices and herbs to your food instead of using table salt. Also, make sure to check the nutritional labels for sodium. Experts from the National Academies of Sciences, Health and Medicine Division recommend that seniors over 71 limit their sodium intake to no greater than 1.2 grams daily.
Many people are unable to get a good night of sleep due to caffeine. It can also increase anxiety and cause your heart rate to beat faster or more irregularly. If you have a heart condition, this could make it dangerous. Other than coffee, caffeine can also be found in teas, sodas, chocolate, and some medications, such as over-the-counter painkillers.
5. Sodas and sugary beverages
If you are thirsty and hot, an ice-cold drink may be tempting. However, sodas and many sports drinks can contain large amounts of sugar. A 12-ounce cola can have 39 grams of sugar, which is almost 10 teaspoons. Regular consumption of these drinks can lead to diabetes if you are prediabetic. Overeating can lead to obesity, and other health problems.
6. “Sugar-free” drinks.
A drink or food product that contains artificial sweetener may seem like a better choice than products with high sugar content. But, they don't. Research has shown that artificial sweetness can lead to weight gain and other health problems. These products may have fewer calories, but you might be tempted to eat more to satisfy your sweet tooth.
7. Drinking alcohol.
For many, drinking a few alcoholic beverages is okay. Alcohol should not be consumed if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or are taking certain medications such as analgesics, antihistamines, and painkillers.
8. Foods that are low in calories
Fast food and easy foods like french fries and doughnuts may satisfy your hunger pangs, but they don't give you the nutrients you need. It becomes more difficult for seniors to burn extra calories as they age.
Healthy eating is always a good idea. As you age, it becomes even more important. You can feel healthier and your doctor will be happy if you reduce or avoid these foods.
This is our disclosure: This summary is for informational purposes only. This summary is not intended to be a recommendation for or give advice for any company or individual.
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