Healthy eating for older adults – the importance of protein

Many nutritional requirements do not differ between younger and older adults. However energy requirements tend to be slightly lower due to older adults being less active and due to changes in body composition. As a result, older adults need to obtain more nutrients from fewer calories – in other words, a nutrient dense diet. Healthy eating guidance for older adults is similar to that for younger adults. The Eatwell Guide ( indicates the proportions of different food groups that should be included. Protein is particularly important in older people’s diet to help maintain muscle mass and strength. From around age 50, there is a pro

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