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10 Foods Older Adults Should Avoid Consuming

By Melissa Hill, 9:00 am on

Everyone knows eating fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins keeps the body healthy. For seniors, maintaining a healthy diet also includes avoiding certain foods. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same senior care services. Oklahoma families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.

Here are ten foods aging adults should remove from their diets. 

1. Undercooked Eggs

Seniors are at a higher risk for Salmonella food poisoning, which means they should avoid foods that contain raw or undercooked eggs, including hollandaise sauce and homemade mayonnaise. If your loved one wants to eat eggs for breakfast, make sure the whites and yolks are both cooked solid. 

2. Unpasteurized Cheese

Unpasteurized cheese products are dangerous breeding grounds for bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella. To prevent illness, seniors should avoid feta, brie, camembert, and other unpasteurized cheeses. 

3. Ready-to-Eat Meats

Hot dogs and lunchmeat can breed Listeria. These bacteria can continue to grow at refrigerated temperatures, which means seniors should be wary of their favorite cold meats. For maximum safety, they should reheat these meats before eating them. Besides the increased risk of food poisoning, the additives found in processed deli meats aren’t healthy for seniors. 

4. Diet Soda

While diet soda may have fewer calories than its full-fat counterparts, it may not be any healthier. Consuming diet soda on a regular basis has been linked to strokes, heart attacks, and other serious conditions. Seniors who love fizzy beverages should consider switching to carbonated water. 

5. Grapefruit

Grapefruit has many wonderful health benefits, but it can also interact with prescription medications. Grapefruit juice occasionally blocks the production process of certain enzymes that help break down the medications and prevent toxicity. Seniors who love grapefruit should talk to their doctors about whether it will impact their prescriptions. 

6. Deli Salads

Because macaroni and potato salads are often made with mayonnaise, it’s easy for them to be contaminated. Seniors are more susceptible to food poisoning, and a bad batch of macaroni salad can lead to illness. 

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7. Raw Sprouts

While raw sprouts are a healthy addition to a sandwich or salad, they can also carry Salmonella, Listeria, and other bacteria. Seniors who enjoy sprouts should cook them before eating. 

8. Sushi

Seniors can eat sushi occasionally, but they should know its source. Aging adults can eat sushi sold in reliable restaurants or shops, as these establishments freeze sushi for an appropriate amount of time. If sushi isn’t frozen for at least four days, it may still contain parasitic worms. Seniors who make sushi at home should always freeze their fish before preparing the meal. 

9. Pâté

This is yet another type of food that may contain Listeria. Seniors should avoid all types of fresh or chilled pâté.

10. Raw Shellfish

Raw shellfish often contains viruses and bacteria, which can easily cause food poisoning. Seniors who love shellfish should consider avoiding it.

Certain unhealthy foods can also increase a senior’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s. For reliable Alzheimer’s care, Oklahoma families can turn to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of professional memory care designed to help seniors maintain a higher quality of life. In addition to Alzheimer’s care, we also provide comprehensive dementia, Parkinson’s, and stroke care. From revolutionary care programs to compassionate and dedicated caregivers, we can meet all of your Alzheimer’s home care needs. To create a customized care plan for your elderly loved one, give us a call at 405-285-4191 today.