September is Whole Grains Month, so what better time than now to amp up the amount of whole grains your senior parent consumes on a daily basis? Some people swear by whole grains because they believe it will lead to a healthy body, while others think it will only add pounds instead of shedding them. The truth is that this grain can be very beneficial to people of all ages, but especially senior adults.
There are numerous benefits to eating whole grains, which we will get to in a minute. But first there is an important component needed to help your loved one eat healthier – you. People who spend a great deal of time with the senior, such as caregivers or family members, can help the senior make healthier choices by joining them and making the same healthy choices. If they see you eating plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains, they will probably be more motivated to do the same.
Without further ado, here are the top 6 reasons your senior loved one should keep their pantry stocked with foods made of whole grains.
It contains a lot of fiber. Fiber is especially important for seniors since they have more digestive issues than other age groups, including constipation. Foods with whole grains also contain plenty of fiber. For example, 2 slices of dark rye bread contains 5.8 grams of fiber.
Reduces high cholesterol. Whole grains will help prevent the body from absorbing bad cholesterol, while also reducing triglycerides.
Lowers blood pressure.Eating plenty of this nutrient will help reduce blood pressure, resulting in a reduced risk of heart disease. Along with lowering blood pressure, whole grains can also reduce insulin levels.
Helps manage weight. Elders who are in need of losing a few extra pounds may be able to do so by eating more whole grains. A study was conducted that found that women who ate more whole grains, brown rice, wheat germ, popcorn, and dark bread were 49 percent less likely to gain less weight over time than those who opted for donuts and white bread.
Keeps blood sugar regulated. Glucose levels are less likely to spike by eating more whole grains, reducing the elder’s risk of developing diabetes.
Offers other nutrients. Whole grains are an excellent source of other vitamins and minerals as well. This includes calcium, vitamin C, B vitamins, and iron.
These benefits should give you and your loved one enough incentive to add more whole grains to their diet for a healthier life.