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5 Healthy Foods to Add to a Gluten-Free Senior’s Diet

By Carol White, 9:00 am on November 23, 2015

A gluten-free diet can be good for the overall health of seniors, and it can help prevent or alleviate the symptoms of various medical complications such as celiac disease. When providing high-quality in-home care Prescott seniors can rely on, diet should always be taken into consideration. If your elderly loved one is looking for some gluten-free foods he or she can eat on a regular basis, the best place to start may be with foods that have additional health benefits.

1. Beans

While on a gluten-free diet, your loved one should incorporate beans into his or her meals. Unprocessed beans contain a complex carbohydrate that does not break down during the digestive process, and they are a soluble fiber that can provide many benefits for the elderly such as:

  • Help managing blood glucose levels
  • Preventing constipation
  • Reducing the risk of heart disease
  • Keeping waste foods moving through the digestive system
  • Help controlling the appetite by increasing the body’s feeling of fullness
  • Maintaining weight

2. Meats

Adding fresh meats, poultry, and fish to your loved one’s gluten-free diet has many health benefits. These foods provide proteins that are necessary for the body to function. Eating skinless turkey or chicken, fish, and other high-quality protein meats can help your loved one prevent stress and depression. He or she should avoid red meats and watch out for deli meats that contain gluten. Eating these meats on a gluten-free diet could help your loved one maintain a higher quality of life.

3. Vegetables

While on a gluten-free diet, your loved one should eat plenty of vegetables. Root vegetables such as carrots and turnips, and spinach, cabbage, and other green leafy vegetables may be good additions to your loved one’s diet.

Eating vegetables can help the elderly prevent the risk of many medical conditions and diseases, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes
  • Some types of cancers

4. Eggs

If your loved one is on a gluten-free diet, you should add fresh eggs to his or her meals. Despite what many people think, eating fresh eggs does not significantly increase cholesterol, nor do they cause heart disease. Eggs contain the nutrient choline, which can help promote your loved one’s brain function. Fresh eggs also help prevent retinal degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness amongst the elderly.

5. Dairy Products

While on a gluten-free diet, some dairy products are great for seniors. These foods and beverages are good for the bone health of elderly individuals, and can help seniors reduce the risk of heart disease and colorectal cancer. Gluten-free dairy products also help prevent osteoporosis and skin issues with seniors.

Some of the best low-fat dairy products to add to your loved one’s diet are:

  • Cheese (cottage, cheddar, mozzarella)
  • Milk
  • Yogurt

Though medical professionals are unclear just how beneficial a gluten-free diet is, studies and treatments have shown it may also help alleviate the symptoms or reduce the risk of developing conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. With the help of specialized dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s care in Prescott, the caregivers at Home Care Assistance can manage your loved one’s dietary needs along with any other individual needs he or she may have. Grocery shopping and nutritious meal prep can be balanced with mental stimulation and physical exercise. To learn more, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 928-771-0105 today.