A healthy diet can decrease the risk of disease and disability.
As you get older, you need to pay even closer attention to the foods you eat. Eating a healthy diet can help you reduce your risks of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, certain cancers and other chronic health problems that occur more frequently with age. In addition, a healthy diet will help you feel more vibrant and keep your mind sharp.
By choosing certain foods over others, you have the power to impact your physical, mental and emotional health on a daily basis. The old adage, you are what you eat, applies as much now as it ever did. The library, bookstore, television, and Internet are full of cookbooks, cooking shows and recipe sites to help you create delicious and creative meals that pack a nutritional punch and leave you feeling energized.
You are probably not aware that your dietary needs change as you age. And while you may need fewer calories than you did when you were younger, you need more of certain nutrients. That’s why it’s critical that you concentrate on feeding your body as many nutrient-rich foods as possible.