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If You're Over 50, Try to Avoid These Foods

By Paul Rothbart

Youth can be a wonderful time, especially for eating. Fast food, junk food, soda, candy, none of it seems to make a difference. Many young people don't gain weight and remain healthy despite not eating particularly well. Things change when you age. Past the age of 50, it is not so easy maintaining a healthy weight, and eating poorly tends to have consequences, many of which are serious. Here are some foods you should try to avoid.

Frozen Pizza

Although most of them taste nowhere near as good as the real thing, frozen pizzas are convenient when you need a quick meal and are short on time. You can get them with vegetables or meat, but frozen pizza is notoriously high in sodium. This is very bad for older adults. High blood pressure afflicts about 75 percent of people over 60. Hypertension increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. It is a condition to be avoided and cutting frozen pizza out of your diet can significantly lower your sodium intake. Order a pie from your favorite pizza place or better yet, make your own.

Bottled Tea and Coffee

Iced tea and coffee are popular summertime beverages but beware of the pre-bottled kind. They are usually very high in sugar content. Excess sugar wreaks havoc with weight control and can eventually bring on type 2 diabetes. Older adults should control their sugar intake carefully. Read labels carefully. Even teas marketed as green, healthy, or containing honey can be high in sugar. If you like bottled drinks, choose the sugarless kind. They can be delicious as is or you can sweeten them yourself, using a reasonable amount of sugar. You can also use a healthy sugar substitute.

French Fries

Yes, french fries are crispy and tasty and they go so well with a burger or hot dog. The problem is that they are cooked while submerged in oil, making them loaded with saturated fats. This can raise blood cholesterol to unhealthy levels. Cholesterol is one of the most important markers of health. High levels can raise blood pressure and are detrimental to heart health. It can clog arteries and raise your risk of heart attack and stroke. Find a healthier side dish or buy an air fryer and make your own fries. 

Nutrition is always important but once you cross the age of 50, you should be more cautious. Many of the fun foods of youth are now unhealthy and potentially dangerous. Play it safe and eliminate or limit your consumption of these foods. There are substitutes that taste good and can help you stay healthy and happy. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cape Coral, Fla.

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