Seniors Need to Continue Eating Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and Vegetables

Adults tell children to eat their fruits and vegetables, but, as they age, they may not practice what they preach. It would be beneficial to their health if senior citizens followed the same guidelines.

A study conducted by Emily J. Nicklett, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, found a positive relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and health outcomes over older people’s lifespans. This includes the prevention and management of “chronic illness, disease-specific mortality, and general mortality.”

Additionally, the University of Kentucky’s Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, conducted a study to determine if a “variety of fruits and vegetables consumed,” along with a short educational program about the benefits of these foods from reputable nutritionists, would ultimately be of use to the elderly. The results showed that, after the senior citizens learned about the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables, and had the financial means to do so, they immediately saw an increase in their overall health. However, Nicklett also found older people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds fail to live healthier lifestyles possibly because they cannot afford to purchase produce.

Nicklett suggests that making even a slight change in one’s diet by including foods that are rich in fiber, nutrients, and natural vitamins can ultimately have a positive effect on someone’s entire well-being. Fresh produce can also make people feel more satisfied and not run-down as much.

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