The food pyramid for people older than 70 looks a bit different from that of younger adults these days. Researchers at
The revisions occurred after the
Because older adults are less active than younger adults, their caloric intake needs to be reduced, which means that what food they eat needs to be higher in the right nutrients, the researchers say. The new pyramid guide explains that seniors should eat more fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and high-fiber whole grains. In addition, the guide says that frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables are good alternatives to fresh fruits and vegetables for older adults who may have a hard time preparing the fresh versions.
The new pyramid also shows the importance of physical activity and offers examples, such as walking, swimming and yard work.
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