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EATING RIGHT FOR OLDER ADULTS

Eating right doesn't have to be complicated. Start with the following recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

A HEALTHY EATING PLAN:

* Emphasizes fruit, veg., whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products

* Includes lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts

* Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars

MAKE YOUR CALORIES COUNT:

Think nutrient-rich rather than "good" or "bad" foods. The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients - and lower in calories

FOCUS ON VARIETY:

Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to get the nutrients your body needs. Fruits and Veg. Can be fresh, frozen or canned. Include more dark green veg. such as leafy greens and broccoli and orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes. Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas. And, eat at least 3 ounces of whole grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.

KNOW YOUR FATS:

Look for foods low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Most of the fats you eat should be polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Check the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels for total fat and saturated fat.

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