Vegan and vegetarian diets are becoming more popular across the globe for all aged groups. Some people are changing their diets out of concern for animal welfare, others for the environment and some for their health – but is a plant-based diet right for older adults?
A plant-based diet, one that avoids or limits animal products in favour of whole, minimally processed fruits, grains and vegetables, can provide a raft of benefits. Studies have shown that a vegan or vegetarian diet can support the immune system and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
For those over the age of 65 who would like to give plant-based eating a try, the following tips will help to ensure you have the right nutrients to support healthy ageing:
A plant-based diet can be a great option for older adults. Talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian to ensure you are meeting your specific nutritional needs.
For more information on plant-based diets for older adults, go to: five things for over-65s to consider when switching to a plant-based diet
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