It’s challenging to create a diet that provides healthy eating for seniors when advice on proper diets seems to change from one moment to the next. We’d been told that saturated fats from sources such as butter, red meat and fried food were detrimental, but later research indicated there wasn’t enough proof that those who gave up these delicacies improved their heart health – and so, we were given the green light to choose butter over margarine once again.
Nonetheless, as described in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers now note that the lack of wonderful results when lowering saturated fats is probably related to equally bad dietary choices made in place of those fats – such as refined carbs. People who had replaced the saturated fats with more nutritional options, like whole grains and polyunsaturated fats such as olive oil, did lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 25%.
According to one of the researchers in this study, Adela Hruby, “We know that people don’t just drop 10% of their calories…and not replace them with other things. What they are adding in to replace what they’re not eating is really important.”
Research, led by Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was quite thorough, following the results of approximately 130,000 men and women over a period of thirty years. Tracking dietary choices and any heart-related conditions, it was determined that those who replaced saturated fats with carbohydrates were realizing a nearly equal risk of heart disease – a fact missed in previous studies that determined there was no benefit to cutting back on those saturated fats.
So what can we learn from all of this? Perhaps we’d be best served by not only reducing saturated fat, but by choosing healthy replacements over processed flour-based products and those with a high sugar content.
Cascade Companion Care in Mountlake Terrace, WA is also always on hand to plan and prepare meals that provide heart healthy eating for seniors. They’re not only nutritious, but delicious, helping seniors reduce their risk for heart attacks and disease. We can also help ensure that seniors are:
- Making wise dietary choices, and can assist with picking up groceries so fresh, healthy foods are always readily available
- Taking medications on time and correctly
- Engaging in doctor-approved activity programs
- Safely brought and accompanied to appointments with the doctor and other outings
- And much more
Give us a call at 425-361-0044 to learn more.