Diet rich in fruit, veg can help older women stay active

A new study, recently published in the Journal of Nutrition, reveals that women are more likely to live independently and be free of physical limitations as they grow older, if they consume a diet rich in fruits, leafy vegetables, and walnuts.

Diets that contained walnuts, oranges, apples, pears, romaine or leaf lettuce and orange juice were linked to staying mobile and otherwise physically able later in life. Meanwhile, higher consumption of sugary drinks, alcohol, sodium and trans fats were tied to a loss of physical function in aging women, the study found.

Physical function is key to healthy aging and a strong predictor of mortality, the study authors wrote.

To reach their conclusions, the Harvard Medical School researchers examined data from a health survey of more than 54,000 women who were tracked for 30 years. The women answered questions about their ability to perform basic living tasks and also about their eating habits.

Although some individual foods fared well in the study, the researchers stressed that it was the quality of the subjects’ overall diet that mattered most.


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