Healthy Eating After 50

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  • Make Smart Food Choices
  • How Much Should I Eat?
  • How Many Calories Do People over Age 50 Need Each Day?
  • How Much Is on My Plate?
  • Common Problems Older Adults Have with Eating
  • Do Older Adults Need to Drink Water?
  • What about Fiber?
  • Should I Cut Back on Salt?
  • What about Fat?
  • Keep Food Safe
  • Can I Afford to Eat Right?
  • For More Information about Healthy Eating

Choosing healthy foods is a smart thing to do—no matter how old you are!

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Eat many different colors and types of vegetables and fruits.
  • Make sure at least half of your grains are whole grains.
  • Eat only small amounts of solid fats and foods with added sugars. Limit saturated fat (found mostly in foods that come from animals) and trans fats (found in foods like store-bought baked goods and some margarines).
  • Eat “good” (poly- and monounsaturated) fats, like those found in seeds, nuts, avocados, and fatty fish like salmon. Any fats added in cooking should come from olive, canola, corn, or vegetable oil.
  • Eat seafood twice a week. Small fish, like sardines or trout, or farm-raised fish (check the label) contain less mercury than large fish, like tuna. Mercury can be harmful.
Older African American man making healthy eating choices for his diet with a glass of milk and banana
Make smart food choices—find a healthy eating plan that’s right for you, read nutrition labels, and make sure your food is safe to eat.

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