10 Senior Nutrition Myths

10 Senior Nutrition Myths – It’s well known that eating right can extend lives, but what “eating right” entails isn’t always clear. This is especially true for seniors, whose nutritional needs are different than other age groups. Arm yourself with information by reading 10 popular myths about the dietary needs of seniors.
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Senior Nutrition Myths – Without further ado, here are 10 common but false beliefs about senior nutrition:

Myth #1: It’s Natural For Older People to Lose Their Appetite
Myth #2: Being Moderately Overweight is a Sign of Robust Health
Myth #3: It Doesn’t Matter Whether an Older Person Eats Alone or With Others – Food is Just Fuel For the Body
Myth #4: As Long as Seniors Follow Healthy Eating Guidelines, They’ll Be Fine
Myth #5: Senior Communities Have Awful Food
Myth #6: Seniors Have Slower Metabolisms and Need Fewer Nutrients
Myths #7: Seniors With a Weak Appetite can Safely Skip Meals
Myth #8: Seniors Who Aren’t Overweight Can Eat as Much Sugar, Fat and Salt as They Like
Myth #9: Those Who Have Lived to Advanced Old Age Shouldn’t Concern Themselves with Nutrition Because Their Life is in its Final Phase Regardless
Myth #10: Malnutrition Doesn’t Occur in Highly Developed Nations like the United States

This may surprise some, but a great source of medical information (and the reference used most by doctors) is Wikipedia. Despite the flack it gets for being user generated, Wikipedia has built an enormous and dedicated community of writers, editors, subject experts and moderators who maintain quality and self-police the site to assure accuracy and a neutral point of view. A recent study compared Wikipedia to Encyclopedia Britannica and found that Wikipedia articles are just as well written and accurate as Encyclopedia Britannica articles, if not more-so. Of course you should also talk to your physician about health and nutrition questions. The point is to learn the best practice based on the positions of multiple authoritative sources rather superstition, guesses, or advice you heard from a quack or non-expert.

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