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Eating well, aging well in Nigeria

Food and exercise are a match made in heaven. The importance of eating well as we age can not be over emphasised. A healthy eating plan should include fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy; meat but preferably white meat I.e. poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts; and should be low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium) and added sugars. The dietry guidelines for Americans suggests that eating well should not be complicated

It is known that good nutrition across the lifespan helps prevent chronic disease. It is also never too late to make improvements to support healthy aging.

An article on older adults and dietary needs suggests that older adults are at greater risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer — as well as health conditions related to changes in muscle and bone mass, such as osteoporosis. The good news is that this population can mitigate some of these risks by eating nutrient-dense foods and maintaining an active lifestyle. Click here to read the full article.

Key steps to eating well

1. It is advisable to plan your diet around seasonal fruits and vegetables which will make it lighter on the pocket.

2. Avoid adding salt and sweeters to your food. Sodium is linked to high blood pressure.

3. Eat more fruits, vegetables and fibre at each sitting to compliment carbohydrates.

4. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

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