From the Mediterranean Diet to the Paleo Diet, gluten-free eating to liquid diets, there are a wide variety of ways in which people are trying to eat healthier. As beneficial as these diets may be for some people, they may not be the best options for seniors.
Online resource center MySilverAge recently outlined some of today's popular diet trends and shared tips for those over the age of 65.
Gluten is a protein that's chiefly found in carbohydrates, such as wheat, barley and rye. Some people are especially sensitive to this protein due to having a condition called Celiac Disease.
MySilverAge pointed out that many gluten-free products have more sugar and fat. In short, just because something says gluten-free doesn't mean it's automatically a healthier option. Additionally, cutting out grains also means reducing your intake of iron, calcium and fiber. It’s important that you include these in your diet, either in other foods or in supplements.
Juicing enables individuals to get more fruits and vegetables into their diets by drinking their juices.
This practice is not recommended for people with diabetes, as the natural sugars could cause a spike in blood sugar. Moreover, juices do not contain the fiber that is present in the whole fruits and vegetables, so you’ll want to increase your fiber intake.
Vegetarian diets typically include less saturated fat and cholesterol.
That being said, these diets can also sometimes lead to vitamin deficiencies. Make sure you are getting your essential vitamins, such as vitamins D, B12, calcium, zinc and iron.
Vegan diets don’t include any animal by-products. As with vegetarian diets, there are risks of nutritional deficiencies. Also, a lot of vegan foods are soy-based, which have high levels of sodium that could cause strokes.