A little fat is healthy

Can high-fat foods for seniors can be healthy? Fats for elderly people can have health benefits and provide an adequate amount of calories. Beyond that, meeting the recommended fat intake for elderly people can be both nutritious and delicious.

Older adults need a balanced diet, one that includes fats. However, not all fats are created equal. Too many saturated fats can cause problems, but too few unsaturated fats can have adverse implications for health, too.

There are three main kinds of fat:

  • Trans fat: created through an artificial process called hydrogenation (i.e. partially hydrogenated oil) and known to create inflammation in the body and lead to chronic disease
  • Saturated fat: commonly found in animal products and considered unhealthy if not consumed in moderation
  • Unsaturated fat: known as “healthy fats” and include omega-3 fatty acids, poly- and monounsaturated fats

Often, older people can have unintended weight loss and other health problems due to not getting enough nutrients. Healthy, unsaturated fats can be high in calories while also helping seniors stay at a healthy weight (and get the nutrients they need).

Health high-fat foods can benefit the body since they can: contribute to cognitive function (brain health), reduce inflammation, prevent unintended weight loss and promote healthy weight gain.

Seniors need healthy fats in their diet to maintain overall wellness. To get enough dietary fats, try eating more red meat which is high in animal fat. Also lamb, pork and fish, especially tuna, are also a great way to add healthy fats to your diet.

 

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