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Vegetarianism in Seniors

Jun 2, 2017 by Anonymous

There are many reasons your loved one may be following a vegetarian diet, whether it is because they have been practice vegetarianism for years or because, with consultation from their doctor, they chose to become a vegetarian to have a healthier diet. No matter what the reason, there are many healthy advantages to following a vegetarian diet.

Before your loved one makes changes to their diet have them consult their health care provider.

  • General Health Benefits: According to the American Heart Association, vegetarians are generally healthier because they consume less saturated fat, protein, and fewer calories. They typically have lower incidences of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
  • Protein: Meat-free diets don’t include protein from animal products, but your loved one will still need to get enough protein from other sources to maintain their energy levels. There are many non-meat foods that are high in protein such as: soy, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains.
  • Calories: As seniors age, they need less calories, but they require higher amounts of nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin D, protein, and vitamin B12. Seniors need to avoid empty calories, especially those who practice a vegetarian diet.
  • Swallowing Difficulties: As your loved one begins to age it can become difficult for them to swallow. But cooked vegetables are soft and can be easier for seniors to eat than cooked meats.

San Mateo Comfort Keepers®

At Comfort Keepers® in San Mateo we understand that you can’t be there for your aging loved one at all times—that’s where we can help. Our compassionate caregivers, called Comfort Keepers®, can provide your loved one with vegetarian meal preparations, trips to the grocery store, and many other services that can help your loved one live a healthy, independent life.

If your aging loved one needs help sticking to their vegetarian diet—or needs other in-home care services contact San Mateo Comfort Keepers by calling (650) 239-6113 or click here.

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