Food Requirements For The Elderly

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THE ELDERLY

Food requirements for the elderly

Calorie needs- The age increase of the elderly means that their activity level is minimum, this leads to the elderly needing to consume less calories than before. Depending on the physical active level of the senior, The National Policy and Resource Centre on Nutrition and Ageing from Florida University suggests that males aged 50 to 70 need approximately 2,220 calories per day. While females aged 50 to 70 require 1,980 calories per day. After the age of 70 calorie intake decreases due to rates of movement, metabolism and energy requirements. You can also determine the number of calories required by noticing the shifts in body shape and the nutrient requirements. This is a list that includes five high-calorie foods:
Nut butters
Avocados
Coconut products
Full-fat dairy products
Potatoes and whole-grain starches

Carbohydrates- Carbohydrate intake depends on the activity level of an elderly person. The elderly are advised to reach 45% to 65% of calories from carbohydrates. If an elderly person is quite active then they require a lot of healthy carbohydrates such as sugars, dietary fibre which is important to regulate bowel movements and starches to help the body function well. Glucose tolerance lacks in the elderly and involved carbohydrates will regulate glucose. Being careful of the amount of “extras” being consumed such as cream cheese, cream sauces and margarine. This is a list that includes healthy…
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