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Senior Savvy Nutrition Tips

Sensational Seniors

Nutritionists agree that a healthful diet includes a variety of foods. This pretty much goes for all of us, no matter our respective ages.

But for seniors, certain foods may pose a significant health hazard because of the level of bacteria present in the product's raw or uncooked state.

Senior savvy nutrition tips on brie cheese

Senior's should avoid the following products:

Pieces of camembert cheese

  • Raw fish and shellfish, including oysters, clam, mussels and scallops.
  • Raw or unpasteurized milk or cheese.
  • Soft cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, blue-veined and Mexican-style cheese. (Hard cheeses, processed cheeses, cream cheese, cottage cheese or yogurt need not be avoided).
  • Luncheon meats.
  • Raw or lightly cooked egg or egg products including salad dressings, cookie or cake batter, sauces and beverages such as egg nog.
  • Raw meat or poultry.
  • Raw alfalfa sprouts which have only recently emerged as a recognized source of food-borne illness.
  • Unpasteurized or untreated fruit or vegetable juice. When fruits and vegetables are made into fresh squeezed juice, harmful bacteria that may be present can become part of the finished product. Most juice in the United States, 98-percent, is pasteurized or otherwise treated to kill harmful bacteria.

To help consumers identify unpasteurized or untreated juices, the Food and Drug Administration is requiring a warning label on these products. The label says, "WARNING: This product has not been pasteurized and therefore may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems."

How about some of the better foods?

Foods That May Avoid Alzheimer's

People who tried to new scientist-designed MIND diet lowered their risk of Alzheimer's by 53 percent. Eat this many weekly servings of the following nine foods.

  1. Whole grains. Packed with fiber to fuel a productive brain. Aim for three servings a day.
  2. Berries. Thanks to their flavonols, berries are the only fruit that an slow brain decline.
  3. Beans. Plenty of fiber, plus low-fat protein for growing brain cells.
  4. Leafy greens. Full of antioxidants and carotenoids to protect gray matter.
  5. Poultry. Delivers dementia-preventing B vitamins and low fat protein.
  6. Nuts. Rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to lower risk of Alzheimer's.
  7. Other vegetables. Packed with plant based antioxidant power.
  8. Fish. Rich in brain cell fortifying omega-3 fatty acids.
  9. Glass of wine. Alcohol reduces dementia risk. Stick to one glass a day.

Fiber Foods

  • The Brain. Adding 7g daily can cut stroke risk by 7 percent.
  • The Heart. Heart disease risk drops by 9 percent for each 7grams consumed daily, thanks to fiber's cholesterol-lowering powers.
  • The Waistline. People who simply increased their daily fiber intake to 30 grams or more lost nearly as much weight as those on a more complicated diet plan that included restricting calories.
  • Kidneys. Getting more than 21g of fiber daily stands to lower risk of kidney stones by 22 percent.
  • Lungs. Dietary fiber soothes systemic inflammation and may slash risk of inflammatory diseases.
  • Gut. Eating more fiber can balance levels of healthy bacteria, helping aid digestion and elimination.
  • Blood Sugar. Fiber slows the body's absorption of glucose, controlling blood sugar spikes and decreasing diabetes risk.

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