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4 Healthy Morning Foods You Should Eat In Your 40s And 50s Regularly

Nutrition needs to change over time, especially with age. This is because your foods choices at a younger age may pose a threat to your health at an older age. As we grow older, the body's metabolism becomes slow, and the body's ability to break down and make use of some nutrients becomes less efficient. This especially concerns people in their 40s and 50s as it is important to maintain an optimal physically healthy body.

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Morning foods can be referred to as the most important meal of the day as it provides energy, essential vitamins needed for the daily activities, and boost brainpower to improve efficiency. It is not enough to eat a variety of any food as morning foods but healthy foods, particularly in an aging population where malnutrition is contributing to health problems daily and the cost of medical treatment is increasingly unaffordable, we ought to ensure that people in their 40s, 50s, and above age well.

To ensure healthy aging, the following foods are recommended to be consumed regularly as healthy morning foods.

1. Cornflakes

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Vitamin B12 is usually released from foods by the stomach acid to maintain a healthy nervous system and key metabolic processes. But as the body ages, the vitamin B12 gotten from diets decreases as a result of reduced stomach acidity. Cornflakes contain vitamin B12 which can be easily extracted by stomach acid.

2. Oatmeal

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A 2018 study published in the journal Foods Research Institutional shows that polyphenol(an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property) found in oats can help fend off aging and diseases by reducing oxidative stress. Regular consumption of oatmeal can decrease the risk of autoimmune diseases, heart diseases, and lower blood pressure. It's a great source of important minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.

3. Broccoli and other leafy green vegetables

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Eye problems often come with aging. Study shows that many people in their 40s and 50s don't get enough lutein, a valuable nutrient needed to optimize vision and prevent macular degeneration. Broccoli, spinach, kale, pumpkin, and green pea contain lutein and should be added to morning foods to attain good eyesight.

4. Brown rice

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Unfortunately, the gastrointestinal system function slowly as we age, as a result, it is essential to eat enough fiber to keep the system running. Brown rice is rich in fiber that is not important for the gastrointestinal system to function smoothly but slowly releases energy-rich carbohydrates in the bloodstream that helps to decrease gastrointestinal inflammation and cholesterol.

Meanwhile, some common morning foods need to be reduced with age due to the weak body metabolism that comes with age and the risk of diseases. Therefore, the following foods should be reduced.

1. Cakes

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2. Pastries

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3. Fried foods

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4. White bread

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5. Red meatsimage source: Diabetes UK

6. Coffee

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