Chapter 29

Healthy Foods for Healthy Aging

The Case for Protein

Karen S. Kubena and W. Alex McIntosh,    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Unites States


Food choices that older adults make based on the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) vary greatly by gender, education level, and race to some degree. Achieving healthy aging often means they must change their ideas about food selection. Encouraging the increased intake of milk and milk products and seafood is based on research that supports multiple benefits from the nutrients and, especially in the case of dairy, bioactive content of these products. Research supporting a high-protein intake for older adults includes preserving function and avoiding frailty and ...

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