October 26, 2009
Health Tip: Dietary Needs of Aging Women
Find out what your body needs
(HealthDay News) -- As women age, their dietary needs change. A healthy diet is always important, but even more so as women get older.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests women should consume:
- At least 1,500 milligrams daily of calcium, which may be found in dairy products and leafy green vegetables, or dietary supplements.
- Eight milligrams of daily iron -- needed to help produce red blood cells. Healthy sources of iron include fortified breakfast cereals, spinach and beans.
- Limited intake of saturated and trans fats.
- Limited intake of salt (sodium) and added sugars.
- Plenty of fiber.