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Advice for maintaining a well-balanced diet

A well-balanced diet is important for men as they get older. Here are a few tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

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Strong Bones.

Good sources of calcium and vitamin D include low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt; dark green, leafy vegetables like kale and broccoli; and fish.

 

Plenty of Fiber.

Foods with fiber provide roughage, which keeps you regular and fills you up. Aim for 30 grams daily from whole grains, fruits and vegetables.


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Balancing Potassium and Sodium.

Reducing sodium and increasing potassium help lower blood pressure. Bananas and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt pack potassium. Skip the salt; season foods with herbs and spices.


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Focus on Good Fats.

Unsaturated fats are good for the heart, especially extra virgin olive oil, nuts and avocadoes. Eat fewer servings of fatty meats, deep-fried foods and baked goods.


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Calories Do Count.

You probably can’t exercise or eat like a teenager anymore, so your calorie intake should be lower.


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