Reducing salt, eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy body weight all help combat high blood pressure, yet many seniors don’t know how to prepare foods that meet those requirements or offer the nutrition they need.
Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) March 28, 2013
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 50 percent of people over age 50 have high blood pressure. WHO sets aside one day each year to raise awareness on certain health issues and this year’s World Health Day, April 7th, focuses on high blood pressure or hypertension, an issue faced by many aging adults.
“Reducing salt, eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy body weight all help combat high blood pressure, yet many seniors don’t know how to prepare foods that meet those requirements or offer the nutrition they need,” said Elizabeth Elliot, Registered Dietitian at Mom’s Meals. “If you are a caregiver to a senior with high blood pressure, it is extremely important that they get the proper nutrition they need.”
Do your parents or the seniors you care for understand the importance nutrition plays in heart health? The American Heart Association offers these important tips:
1. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
2. Eat a variety of whole grain foods, such as oats, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
3. Eat fish at least two times each week. Oily fish, such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines, contain omega-3 fatty acids and are best for your heart.
4. Maintain a healthy weight by balancing the amount of calories you eat with the activity you do every day. Stay active!
5. Eat foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol, such as lean meats and meat alternatives such as beans or tofu.
6. Choose nonfat or low-fat dairy products.
7. Replace saturated fats such as butter with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats like canola and olive oils. Limit trans fats found in many processed foods made with shortening or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (many cookies, crackers, chips and snacks).
8. Limit sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg of sodium a day (about one teaspoon).
9. Seniors should choose foods rich in nutrients to meet nutritional needs but limit the amount of calories they eat.
Mom’s Meals salutes World Health Day’s mission and this year’s focus on heart health. Our heart healthy meals follow the low sodium and low fat guidelines recommended by the American Heart Association.
At Mom’s Meals, we want people to experience good health well into their aging years. We are dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home meal delivery to customers nationwide, specializing in senior and patient care for over a dozen years. We prepare, package and ship ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door anywhere in the United States. Specialty meals tailor to heart-healthy, gluten-free, veggie, low carb, renal and diabetic diets.
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