23 August 2022
Essential nutrients during retirement
Folate is thought to help reduce the risk of illnesses such as heart disease and even some cancers, so look for plenty of whole-grain bread and cereals, dark-coloured vegetables, fruit and legumes when you go to the supermarket. For instance, many foods have folate added in now, like bread and orange juice, so look out for those.
Vitamin B12 is needed for normal blood and brain function, and as we get older, our ability to absorb B12 from food decreases – so it’s definitely one to watch out for.
The majority of our vitamin B12 comes from animal foods, such as meat, eggs and dairy foods or vitamin B12 fortified foods. So if you avoid animal foods, it is generally recommended to take a B12 supplement.
The key to getting enough of these nutrients in your diet is to make healthy choices a habit. Stick to a schedule of eating three balanced meals per day, and healthy snacks if required. Keeping hydrated is also crucial to good health.
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If you think you might be going short of any nutrients, or want to avoid eating any specific foods, ask your doctor, registered nutritionist or dietitian for advice. Or for more information, go to nutritionfoundation.org.nz/healthy-eating/older-adults/.
This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.