The Best Fiber-Rich Foods for Seniors

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Fiber Rich Food for Elderly

At Home Care Assistance of Columbus, we know a diet rich in soluble and insoluble fiber is important at any age. Apart from general health benefits such as decreasing risks of heart disease and some cancers, seniors can maintain or even improve their wellbeing by adding more fiber to their diet, as it can help control cholesterol and blood sugar levels and aid regular digestion, which often becomes an issue as we age.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to sprinkle oat bran on everything – though if bran cereal or muffins are a favorite, so much the better. Healthful fiber can be found in a variety of delicious, familiar foods:

  • Apples – Apart from delivering a good amount of soluble fiber, which helps maintain blood sugar levels, apples also contain potassium and vitamin C as well as a particularly large amount of pectin, which can help combat constipation.
  • Raspberries – For such a small fruit, raspberries contain an amazing amount of non-soluble fiber as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. For a sweet snack, spread some cream or cottage cheese mixed with crushed raspberries on whole grain bread for a double dose of fiber.
  • Whole Grains – Speaking of wholegrain bread, eating whole grain foods have been shown to improve blood cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and type II diabetes, according to the American Heart Association.
  • Leafy Greens – Kale, spinach and Swiss chard are delicious in stews and salads and are packed with fiber, but also contain vitamin K, which may help with keeping arteries and bones healthy. This powerhouse vitamin might even play a role in maintaining brain health.
  • Legumes – Lentils, peas, and beans are great sources of fiber and plant protein as well as iron, folate, and magnesium. They help improve digestion and colon health. If you are concerned about common digestive issues with legumes (e.g. bloating or gas), try adding a few spoonfuls of soaked lentils or canned cannellini beans to stews or soups. You can also snack on celery sticks or pita with hummus.

Did we miss any of your favorite fiber-rich foods? To learn more about fiber and healthy eating in the golden years, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Columbus today and find out how our trained caregivers utilize our revolutionary Balanced Care Method to ensure our senior clients are eating well and enjoying a healthy lifestyle at home. Call us at (614) 481-8888 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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