Foods – For many people, turning 50 is a huge and exciting milestone especially for retirement. But it’s also a time when our body and nutritional needs begin to change. Although ageing is inevitable and normal, we need to make conscious efforts to reduce certain foods in our daily diets to reduce the risk of some health problems, some of which can be life-threatening and have been associated with ageing. Examples of these health issues are osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, cancer, and even more.
According to WHO, some of the diseases suffered by older people are the result of dietary factors that have been compounded by the changes that occur with the ageing process. While it may be difficult to adjust our choices of foods as we age, we need to understand those bad food choices affects our ageing body even more than when we were younger.
1. Processed foods
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Sharwama, pizza, cheese, ketchup, bread, noodles, and deli meats are processed foods that contain a high amount of sodium that can be detrimental to our health in our 50s and above. Although sodium is an essential nutrient for our body function, too much of it can result in high blood pressure and heart disease, especially at old age.
2. Red meats
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Red meats can be very addictive especially when used in preparing pepper soups, barbecue, and other foods yet it has been associated with the increased risk of total mortality, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer in both older men and women due to their high amount of saturated and trans fats. Hence, we should consume less or completely avoid red meats.
3. Sugary foods
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Sports drinks, cocktails, soda, and other foods that contain a high amount of sugar, including certain fruits, should be consumed less. Although these foods give us energy, they also can contribute to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, kidney stone, heart disease, high blood pressure, cavities, liver diseases, and more. It’s recommended not to consume more than one teaspoon of sugar daily.
4. Smoked foods
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Although smoked and barbecued foods such as barbecue fish or meats, and other smoked foods could be quite addictive, studies found that they contain chemical contaminants(produced during preparation or smoking) that are harmful to our health and capable of causing chronic diseases such as heart ailments and cancer in old age.
Meanwhile, during our 50s and 60s, we should get some key nutrients like protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, calcium, vitamin D, potassium, vitamin B12, and antioxidants on a daily basis, especially in the following foods to maintain a good health.
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5. Sweet potatoes
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6. Herbal tea
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