From childhood to maturity, the daily menu should always be rich in fruits and vegetables. In a conversation with the Health portal Brazil, nutritionist Karina Pfrimer indicated that can not miss meals in the elderly. “First, we must always give priority to fresh food. The fresher, the better. The idea is to avoid processed foods. Today, people buy anything on the market, open the package, heated up in the microwave and eat. If the person bets on fresh products, is not at risk of consuming something with too much sodium or too little fiber, for example. the question you have to table a prepared salad for you, a more colorful and nutritious food is more interesting for the health and old can not get out of that, “noted Karina, who is a researcher at the Ribeirão Preto Medical School (SP).
Another important point is the consumption of protein. “Proteins are essential part of healthy and nutritious food. When the elderly have difficulty chewing, one of the first things he does is to give up meat. Ideally eat them normally. If a chewing problem, or pain uncomfortable, he should seek the dentist, “said the nutritionist. “In addition to red meat, should be part of menu poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products and foods that contain iron and prevent anemia, such as beans, arugula and watercress,” said Karina.
A good option to make the most colorful and varied meals is to go to the flea market or sacolão. To mount a rich menu in vitamins and nutrients, look for the most varied ingredients. Play with the colors, for example green, purple, red and yellow. Quickly comes to mind beets, eggplant, grapes, tomatoes, strawberries, guava, papaya, peppers, squash, lettuce, zucchini, peas, avocado, cucumber, fennel, corn.
Good tips can be found in the book “In the Kitchen with Fruit and Vegetables,” a publication made in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Federal University of Minas Gerais. It provides useful information on several Brazilian food and how to diversify their use in everyday life.
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“Good eating habits and healthy routine help in the welfare of the elderly