What Should 80 year olds eat?

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asked May 17, 2022 in Other-Food Drink by BeckyBee (10,570 points)
What Should 80 year olds eat?

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answered May 18, 2022 by AngieSmit (18,450 points)
An 80 year old should eat healthy and beneficial foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, seafood, poultry, eggs, legumes, and low-fat dairy.

A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy; includes lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

An elderly person should eat at least 3 meals per day just like anyone else.

But if the elderly person won't eat more than 2 meals per day then at least have them eat 2 meals a day along with some snacks throughout the day.

A sedentary male over the age of 70 requires around 2,000 calories.

Consume about 2,600 calories a day if you are active.

A female older than 70 years should eat between 1,600 to 2,000 calories daily if you are a sedentary to active.

Sweet potatoes are good for the elderly to eat as the sweet potato is a great source of potassium and vitamins and minerals.

The potassium in sweet potatoes can help seniors maintain normal blood pressure, heart function, and fluid and electrolyte levels in the cells, which is why sweet potatoes are especially beneficial for those who aren't physically active and cannot strengthen their hearts on their own.

Foods that an elderly person should and can eat for breakfast include, cereal, oatmeal, toast, apples, pears, other fruits, smoothie with spinach and yogurt and fruit, whole-grain bagel topped with avocado and cherry tomatoes, veggie omelet with a side of whole-grain toast and oatmeal topped with fruits and nuts or seeds.

Hard boiled eggs are also good for seniors, the elderly and anyone else.

Eating hard boiled eggs is heart healthy and you can improve your heart health when eating hard boiled eggs as part of your diet.

The American Heart Association recommends up to one egg a day for most people, fewer for people with high blood cholesterol, especially those with diabetes or who are at risk for heart failure, and up to two eggs a day for older people with normal cholesterol levels and who eat a healthy diet.

Eggs are an inexpensive, widely available and easily digestible source of high-quality protein and contain a significant proportion of leucine, an amino acid that is important for muscle synthesis, as well as many other nutrients of significance for older people, including vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.

Just be sure to not eat bad hard boiled eggs or those can make you sick.

Bad hard boiled eggs will smell like sulfur and or hydrogen sulfide.

Hydrogen sulfide is a chemical compound with the formula H ₂S.

It is a colorless chalcogen-hydride gas, and is poisonous, corrosive, and flammable, with trace amounts in ambient atmosphere having a characteristic foul odor of rotten eggs.

You can get salmonella from hard boiled eggs although it's rare.

Usually though hard boiling the eggs will heat the egg up hot enough to kill the salmonella.

You could also get sick and get food poisoning from hard boiled eggs if they were left out too long or if they have gone bad.

Hard boiled eggs are good out of the fridge for up to 2 hours.

You can keep hard boiled eggs out of the fridge for up to 2 hours and after that they can spoil and should be thrown out.

Hard boiled eggs can turn green due to the high amount of iron in the cooking water or because of overcooking the hard boiled eggs which causes the hydrogen in the egg white to combine with sulfur in the egg yolk.

Boiled eggs do sometimes float somewhat to the top when done.

However the boiled egg should not float completely when done boiling as that could mean the egg is bad.

Boiled eggs are done though after 10 to 12 minutes of boiling.

It's not safe to eat overcooked hard boiled eggs because they are considered to be toxic due to the overcooked hard boiled eggs containing ferrous sulfide which is toxic.

When hard boiled eggs are overcooked they then produce and contain the toxic ferrous sulfide so if you overcook hard boiled eggs they should be thrown out.

You can overcook a hard boiled egg and overcooking a hard boiled egg could make them rubbery and may make you sick as well.

Overcooked hard boiled eggs will also have a green ring around the perimeter of the egg yolk.

Cooking hard boiled eggs takes at most 10 to 12 minutes and cooking the boiled eggs longer than that can make them rubbery.

Hard boiled eggs are good for up to a week in the refrigerator and after that they can begin to spoil and should be thrown out.

Hard boiled eggs will last for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

Always keep hard boiled eggs refrigerated if not eating them within 2 hours.

It's okay to leave hard boiled eggs out for a few hours and even for a day such as for Easter egg hunting but after Easter egg hunting you should let the kids know that they need to eat the hard boiled eggs or refrigerate them until they are gonna eat them.

Or use plastic eggs with prizes in them instead of hard boiled eggs for Easter Egg hunting.

But if you're just hard boiling eggs make sure to refrigerate them within a few hours of hard boiling them or eat them.

Hard boiled eggs do eventually go bad and when the hard boiled egg goes bad it will smell rotten and will almost take your breath away when smelling the bad hard boiled egg.

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