10 Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors
2. Avoid Food-Borne Illness
As we age, it gets harder for us to fight off illnesses. Food poisoning can lead to sepsis or septic shock in anyone, but the elderly are at a higher risk.
Proper food storage and preparation will help you avoid sickness.
Seniors should avoid raw eggs, meats, poultry, and fish. Unpasteurized milk can contain Salmonella, E Coli, and Listeria.
Always wash fruits and vegetables before eating them.
If meat or poultry is bought in bulk, freeze the portions that will not be eaten immediately. Keep them in a separate drawer from other foods, as the juices could contaminate other foods and increase the risk of food poisoning.
Throw out food past its expiration dates. Taste buds, and sense of smell change over time, so when in doubt, throw it out!