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Getting More From the Food We Eat

Nutrient-rich foods may help seniors ward off seasonal colds and reduce the risk of developing some forms of cancer and conditions like diabetes. However, the ways in which seniors consume and prepare some fruits and vegetables may be unintentionally diminishing the nutritional value of those foods. Read on to learn more, presented by Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton.

Know When to Eat It Raw

Eating certain foods raw preserves nutrients within those foods. In its raw form, coconut can help lower cholesterol, boost brain functioning, and improve heart health. Eating leafy, green vegetables like beet greens, kale, collards and spinach raw increases the potency of the antioxidants, fiber and vitamins found in such veggies.

Know When to Cook It

Cooking some foods allows the body to better absorb some of the essential nutrients in some vegetables, fish, and lean meats. Cooked spinach, for instance, can help the body absorb calcium, iron and magnesium. Fermented or cultured vegetables are loaded with enzymes and probiotics that can help with digestion.

Properly Store It

Sunlight, heat, and even exposure to air can degrade the nutrients in some fruits and vegetables. Except for the root varieties, veggies should be stored in the fridge until needed. Other than berries, fruits should be kept at room temperature away from direct sunlight.

Find the Right Mix

Mixing foods with fat-soluble vitamins with foods loaded with dietary fats increases the body’s abortion of nutrients. For instance, carrots, eggs, asparagus and broccoli offer the most nutrients when combined with mixed nuts, coconut oil, and avocados. Salmon and liver, on the other hand, are fine on their own.

Know When to Cut It, Chop It, or Blend It

Preparation plays a role in nutritional value. Cutting up veggies and fruits, for instance, releases nutrients contained in cell walls. Garlic and onions are healthier when chopped. Soaking beans and grains helps with the absorption of nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc.

Learn more about senior wellness from the friendly and experienced staff at Home Care Assistance. All of our care services, including Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Boca Raton, include the use of the Balanced Care Method, which helps seniors maintain overall physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Call a dedicated Care Manager today at (561) 826.9282 to learn more.