As people age, their bodies undergo many changes. One of those changes occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, where a diet high in fibre can reduce complications with constipation.

This can cause problems for the elderly who must concern themselves with food that does not interfere with their dentures that have seeds or are in crunchy form.

There are some nutritious and inexpensive tips that will ensure that we are getting the nutrients our bodies need as we are growing older. It is important to consider what foods will be healthy in a time when we are growing older and our physical mobility is limited or restricted.

  • Eat denture-friendly fibre through cooked or baked vegetables, high-fibre warm and cold cereals, beans, and fresh fruit.
  • Drink plenty of liquids to ensure that you do not get dehydrated and to prevent constipation.
  • While caloric intake should decrease, the need for vitamins and minerals stays the same or may increase as we age.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, A, and E; omega-3; protein; and fibre.
  • Serve the meal using different colours, shapes, textures, and smells.
  • Use a variety of herbs and spices to add flavour, but be moderate in salt use.
  • Cut the food ahead of time for easy feeding.

Marlene Veloso