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Are you getting enough protein and fibre? – Australian Hospital + Healthcare Bulletin

Posted: June 30, 2020 at 4:47 pm

As you get older, its important to continue to eat nutritious foods to maintain good health. Eating can also be a very socially enjoyable experience. You may find your appetite changes as you age and it may also become difficult to buy groceries and prepare meals. Not eating enough of the foods you need every day can mean that you may not meet your needs for essential vitamins, minerals, fibre and macro nutrients, such as protein and energy (kilojoules or calories).

Protein is a key nutrient that is essential in your daily diet. Many parts of our body are protein-based, including brain cells, muscles, skin and nails. Protein needs to be eaten daily to help cells grow and repair and to maintain muscle mass and strength. Good sources of protein include lean meats, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts and legumes.1

Fibre is equally important as it helps with bowel regularity and can help with treating constipation. Getting older, as well as lifestyle factors such as a change in routine and not eating enough fibre, can all contribute to constipation. Increasing how much fibre is consumed, as well as drinking more fluids and regular exercise, can all help towards maintaining good bowel health. Good sources of fibre include wholegrain cereals, fruits, vegetables and legumes.2

To maintain a healthy weight, you need to make sure you consume enough energy for your needs based on your age and activity levels. Energy is derived from various foods and drinks we consume every day. Consuming more energy than our bodies need means it is stored as fat. Not enough, and our weight may start to decrease. If losing weight unintentionally puts you below your healthy weight range, it is important to speak to your GP or dietitian.3

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