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Health Tip: Dietary Needs of Aging Women

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(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.
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