According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, there are four key reasons to make sure your elderly parent gets plenty of fiber.
1. Fiber makes you feel full, which reduces caloric intake.
2. Fiber can help lower cholesterol levels.
3. Fiber helps regulate blood sugar levels.
4. Fiber lowers the risk of being constipated or developing hemorrhoids.
After the age of 50, it’s recommended that men eat 30 grams of fiber each day and that women eat 21 grams. How much fiber is your parent really getting every day? It’s actually easy to reach the target amounts.
Certain fruits, particularly raspberries and pears, offer a good amount of fiber. Just one cup of berries has 8 grams of fiber, while pears have 5.5 grams. Barley and whole grain pasta are also good… Continue reading