Healthy Foods That the Elderly Should Avoid


No matter your age, eating a healthy diet is always one element you can control to boast your overall health.

Even so, there are certain nutritionally healthy foods that should generally be avoided by elderly people. The main concern that experts express is that certain foods commonly served raw or undercooked–such as vegetable sprouts, fish, and eggs–are more prone to contain germs that cause food-borne illness, something that elderly people are more susceptible to than their younger counterparts.

With all of that in mind, here’s a list of (for the most part) healthy foods that elderly people should avoid.

  • Raw or undercooked eggs
  • Raw fish, oysters, clams, mussels, and other seafood (including sushi and ceviche)
  • Soft cheeses like Brie, Camembert and varieties of blue cheese
  • Unpasteurized milk and juice
  • Raw sprouts and spinach
  • Raw or rare servings of hamburger, beef, and steak
  • Dishes with undercooked eggs like Monte Cristo sandwiches, French toast, Hollandaise sauce, cake batter, etc.

The common denominator of all the above foods is that they are more likely to contain strains of bacteria that can cause food poisoning. While people of all ages can get sick from food, elderly people should be especially careful.

Can you think of any other foods that elderly people should avoid as part of a healthy diet? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments.

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