Keeping a nutritious diet is important during the older years as it can help to prevent various health conditions. Although most foods have some benefits, beans are one of the most beneficial foods available. This is why you should add some beans to your diet. A well-balanced diet will include having carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats. Having beans in your diet will give you just the nutrients that you need. Read on to learn more about why you should include beans in your diet!
Older adults generally have slower digestive systems, so getting a healthy dose of fiber in their diets will keep them regular and prevents constipation. Fiber also keeps you fuller for a longer time compared to processed foods. This is especially important because metabolism will slow down as a person becomes older.
Beans contain a substantial amount of protein in them, about 15 grams per cup. It gives you the benefits of meat without worrying about cholesterol. One serving of beans contains as much protein as 20 grams serving of meat. Beans also contain twice as much protein as meat substitute tofu.
Beans are a great source of iron, which is important for older people. Without iron, your loved one might develop anemia, making them feel weak and lethargic. The vegetable sources of iron are not as readily absorbable compared to the meat sources, so dieticians recommend serving beans instead. You can serve them with foods that are high in vitamin C, such as bell peppers and tomatoes because they help with iron absorption. However, do not overcook these foods because high heat will destroy the nutrients.
There are so many different types of beans you can cook for yourself or your loved one. So, you won’t have to worry about eating the same thing all the time. Beans taste good no matter if they are served cold or hot. They can be a main dish or side dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If your loved one is not able to chew properly, add vegetable or chicken stock to the beans and smash them.
If you find that you need help preparing your meals or you would like to stick to a healthy diet, consider moving to a retirement community! A retirement community is where healthy and delicious meals will be provided for you every single day. You will be able to live a happy and carefree lifestyle.
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