Importance of Fiber in Your Senior’s Diet

importance-of-fiber-in-your-seniors-dietFiber is a type of carbohydrate that our bodies cannot ingest. It cannot also be broken down into sugar molecules. Instead, it passes through our digestive system to regulate our sugars and to keep our hunger and sugar levels in check.

According to Harvard’s School of Public Health, “Children and adults need at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber per day for good health, but most Americans get only about 15 grams a day.”

There are two types of fiber: insoluble and soluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and can help lower glucose levels as well as help lower blood cholesterol. They can be found in oatmeal, nuts, beans, lentils, apples, and blueberries.

Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, cannot be dissolved by water. They can, however, pass through your system and prevent constipation. Foods rich in insoluble fiber are whole wheat bread, whole grain couscous, brown rice, legumes, carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

Sliced fruits can be great snacks in between meals that provide the required amount of fiber and natural sugars. These can also be used as toppings for oatmeal or whole wheat cereal.

If your senior loved one has trouble passing stool or has high sugar levels, then it’s best to give them fiber. At A Helping Hand Senior Care Services, a group home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we make it a point to create a balanced meal for all of our residents.

Our assisted living facility in Minnesota ensures healthy meals and snacks that fit our residents’ dietary needs or restrictions.

If you are looking for housing support for your elderly loved ones, you are in the right place. For more information about our services, as well as health tips, you may call us through the contact details below.

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