New research has shown that there are a number of high-fat foods that provide health benefits for seniors. These miracle foods are as delicious to eat as they are healthy and nutritious. Meal plans for older adults need to consist of a variety of high-fat foods to ensure a well-balanced diet.
1. Dark Chocolate
This may be a surprise to some people, but dark chocolate is now considered a health food. It is packed with antioxidants and essential minerals such as magnesium, copper, manganese, and iron. Studies recently read by Douglas County elder care professionals show that seniors who make dark chocolate part of their diet have lower blood pressure and a stronger heart.
Avocados have been touted as the world’s healthiest food because of their ability to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults while improving levels of LDL in the blood. In addition to being chock-full of good fats, avocados are cholesterol and sodium free.
Once thought to be unhealthy, eggs contain good fats, vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and proteins. They actually improve the good HDL cholesterol levels and provide essential nutrients for the brain. Eggs are a great source of protein, which helps older adults build muscles and increase their strength.
Olives are an excellent source of vitamin E and are good for the heart. Many people shy away from olives because of their high fat content but it is a healthy monounsaturated fat, which lowers harmful LDL cholesterol. The American Heart Association has released information that shows adding olives to the diet can help prevent strokes and heart disease.
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