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And as people get older, their dietary requirements change. Just like everyone else, older people need a well-balanced diet. But according to Ruth Frechman, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, in addition to eating a healthful variety of foods, there are specific things that should be incorporated into an older person’s diet to boost his or her health.
Older persons generally eat less or are less interested in food. This could be attributed to the fact that because the elderly are not as active as they used to be, the need for food is lesser. Also, older people lose the need for some muscle so their bodies burn fewer calories. Despite this, nutrition experts say that older adults need to get all the energy and nutrients that the body needs.
Some old people suffer from malnutrition because they fail to eat a balanced meal. Thus, it is important for a person taking care of an aging parent or loved one to make sure that they are getting the care they need and they get to eat correctly.
Malnutrition may result from the old persons not being able to eat due to old age or health reasons. Some seniors have problems chewing or swallowing their food if they become so weak or are suffering from illnesses. Older people find it more difficult to eat hard, whole food. One example is if an elderly has dentures, it becomes difficult to consume some foods. In some cases, persons who have throat diseases also make eating difficult.
In the above cases, it is best to give soft food diets which include foods that are easy to chew and swallow like soup and porridge. There are a number of different soft foods the elderly can consume as well as cooking procedures that assist with a soft food diet.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for Americans- Key Recommendations for Older Adults said that adults need to focus on nutritious diets. Among their recommendations for the elderly are:
• Fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products (yoghurt, cottage cheese) to boost calcium intake to maintain healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis.
• Seafood, lean meats, poultry and eggs, to boost the intake of high quality protein, vitamin B12, iron and trace minerals such as zinc, selenium and iodine to prevent anaemias, suppressed immune function and thyroid problems
• Dry beans, peas, lentils and soy products as an excellent source of dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and plant protein, without added cholesterol or saturated fat.
• Concentrate on including vegetables as often as possible, particularly dark green or dark yellow vegetables which are rich in beta-carotene (e.g. spinach, butternut, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, peas)
One major health problem of older people, particularly women, is osteoporosis. It happens when the bone density decreases, and this increases the risk of getting fractures. To help maintain the health of the bones, it is important to have calcium in their diet. So, older people need to be served with calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurt, canned fish such as sardines, and green leafy vegetables such as soya beans, broccoli and cabbage.
Older people should also be served with iron-rich food for more energy. Iron can be found in vegetables such as peas, beans and lentils, oily fish such as sardines, eggs, bread, green vegetables and breakfast cereals with added vitamins.
Senior people are prone to various diseases and even strokes and in many cases, they need to begin a soft food diet after recovering from an illness. However, thanks to the various foods out there in the market, they no longer have to suffer from boring food. The groceries now have various food products that can be eaten by older patients that are of different flavor and variety.
Most nutritionists recommend soup as a healthy food for those who have difficulty in eating. With the variety of soups now out in the market, there are now a lot of choices for delicious and flavorful soups to come with a meal. Or the soup can be a meal in itself.
Soups can have the necessary nutritional value needed by the older generation. Soups are easy to eat, flavorful and very convenient to prepare. Nutrition-wise, soups contain various nutrients to keep diseases at bay, are natural detoxifiers, and beneficial to people those with constipation and cholesterol problems. Soups are can also help the elderly who has a low metabolic rate and are not able to absorb nutrients properly.
Generally, older people have weak immunity making them highly prone to colds and flu. Eating soup with high nutritional content can help boost their immunity. Some may find relief from typical old age problems like constipation and high cholesterol levels with the right kind of soup. One of the most nutritious and packed with the necessary vitamins and minerals is the vegetable soup which is high in soluble fiber ensuring good bowel movement in the elderly.
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“Our renowned soups are transforming the aisle in supermarkets,” said Lloyd Sugarman, CEO of The Original SoupMan. “Today’s consumers are hungry for variety, freshness and new taste profiles. We believe the Original SoupMan Tetra Pak carton soups meet and exceed each of those demands.”
Consumers enjoy the taste and a nutritionally smart, low calorie meal of The Original SoupMan. The Chicken Noodle is only 120 calories per 8.5 oz. serving and the Lentil is only 170 calories per 8.5 oz. serving. Lentils, garlic and olive oil are considered by many to be “super foods” with a range of health benefits.
Soupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells various soups primarily in the United States. It offers soups under the Original SoupMan brand name to grocery chains, the New York City Public School system, and other outlets, as well as to its franchised restaurants.