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Nutrition and old age

Normal dietary needs in old age What the official sources say Nutritional risks in old age
  • Normal food needs in old age
  • What the official sources say
  • Nutritional risks in old age

Normal food needs in old age

The nutritional needs of the elderly are not substantially different from those of the adult, provided that constant physical activity is maintained. In the case of sedentary life, however, the reduced metabolism that accompanies the processes of aging and which therefore requires a lower energy requirement, must correspond to a reduction in food intake to avoid weight gain.

The optimal solution is certainly to lead an active life since in this case you can follow a balanced and varied diet without having to give up some foods not strictly necessary from a nutritional point of view and therefore to the pleasures of the table. If physical activity is poor, having to reduce the daily calorie intake without sacrificing the most noble foods (red meats, fish, poultry, milk and dairy products, fruits and vegetables), it is essential to limit the consumption of some high calorie foods (such as desserts, sugary and alcoholic drinks, seasoning fats) and possibly eat a few starchy foods (pasta, rice, bread and potatoes).

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