To maintain good health, older adults should consume nutritious foods. In a healthy daily diet, dairy products should be included. By choosing low-fat or fat-free yogurt, milk, cheese, and more, even healthier choices can be made. Too much fatty dairy, and the calories that go with it, can result in high cholesterol and weight gain.
The benefits of dairy – particularly for older adults – are many. We will explore a few of those here.
Healthy Weight Maintenance
There is a definite correlation between body weight regulation and calcium intake, according to research done by the University of Alabama. To keep blood sugar levels normal, the body makes use of nutrients and protein found in dairy products. Additionally, snack cravings may be lessened when an adult’s daily diet regularly contains dairy foods.
Metabolic Syndrome Prevention
Both metabolic syndrome and excess belly fat can be battled more successfully when dairy products are included in a healthy diet. The risks of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease are increased with metabolic syndrome (and excess belly fat).
Help Fight High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Research has discovered there is a reduced risk of high blood pressure in older adults who consume low-fat dairy products. Though not fully understood at this time, there is a definite link between cardiovascular health and low-fat dairy (research suggests it may have something to do with whey proteins and casein).
Lots of Nutrients
Dairy products can provide magnesium, folate, protein, vitamins E and A, and vitamin B complex. So, it’s no surprise that there are numerous health benefits to be enjoyed through dairy products.
In order for vitamin D to assist with healthy bones, calcium is needed. Vitamin D can help prevent calcium elimination (through waste) if blood calcium drops below normal. Though sunlight does provide some level of vitamin D, per day, mature adults should take in up to 1000 IU. In some cases, 2000 IU daily is not unheard of.
Osteoporosis affects roughly 10 million adults in America. Because of poor bone density, the risk of developing the condition is present in almost twice as many people. To help bones remain strong, sufficient amounts of calcium should be consumed daily. Every day, a minimum of 1200 mg of calcium should be taken by older adults.
Dine on a Healthy Balance of Good Food, Including Dairy – Green Tree At Westwood
The benefits of living at Green Tree At Westwood are numerous.
For starters, mouthwatering meals are created courtesy of our Sensations Dining program. We provide a professional culinary team that treats residents to the freshest ingredients available. During both special events and daily mealtimes, residents can immerse themselves in culinary delights. The environment is modeled after fine dining restaurants. Prepared daily by the chefs, three delicious meals are served offering numerous options including international cuisine, homemade delicacies, and more. Other than that, we have a range of amenities for our residents to enjoy. For more details, contact us today.