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7 So-Called “Bad” Foods That Are Actually Good for You

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on

Many past health fads had the unfortunate effect of making people think that certain food groups ought to be avoided. However, many of the supposedly “bad” foods are actually really good for seniors. Instead of avoiding these foods, Ft. Lauderdale home caregivers should add them to their senior loved one’s diet.

1. Egg Yolks

Many people worry about the cholesterol levels in eggs, but they actually contain a beneficial form of cholesterol that helps to lower blood cholesterol levels. It also reduces the amount of artery-clogging plaque that causes heart attacks and strokes.

2. Potatoes

Trendy low-carb diets like the Paleo Diet have made many people avoid potatoes. However, potatoes are a great source of vitamins and nutrients. Additionally, a medium-sized potato actually only contains 163 calories.

3. Bananas

These yellow fruits have gotten a bad rap because people think they are chock-full of sugar. Bananas may have more grams of sugar and carbohydrates than oranges, but they still contain far less sugar and carbs than a granola bar.

4. Red Meat

Red meat has been demonized as fatty and high in cholesterol for decades, but modern grass-fed beef is actually very lean. It is also a great source of protein, iron, and zinc, and provides 10 other essential nutrients.

5. White Rice

This essential grain is another victim of the low-carb trends because it has a high glycemic index. Contrary to popular belief, brown rice actually has fewer nutrients than white rice, which is enriched with vitamins and minerals during processing.

6. Lettuce 

The craze for kale caused many people to dismiss lettuce as a nutritionally void vegetable. However, just one cup of lettuce contains half the daily-recommended amount of vitamin A. Lettuce is also great for seniors watching their weight because it is so low in calories.

7. Coffee

Coffee has a bad reputation because too much of this caffeinated beverage can cause high blood pressure. But it is a great source of antioxidants that prevent cells from age-related damage. That said, drinking between three or four cups each day is safe.

Have your loved one see a dietitian to verify which foods are best for his or her overall health and contact Home Care Assistance at (954) 909-0370 today to ensure he or she maintains a healthy diet. We provide flexible live-in and hourly Ft. Lauderdale senior home care that encourages clients to eat healthy and exercise regularly as part of a balanced daily schedule. Set up a free consultation with a friendly Care Manager to learn how our services will benefit your loved one.

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