Good nutrition is important throughout your life. It can help you feel your best, stay strong, and reduce the risk of some diseases that are common among older adults. Moreover, if you already have certain health issues, good nutrition can help you manage the symptoms.
Nutrition can sometimes seem complicated; however, the Food and Drug Administration has a simple tool to help you know exactly what you’re eating, which is a Nutrition Facts Label. You will find it on all packaged foods and beverages. It serves as your guide for making choices that can affect your long-term health.
Canned foods can be a nutritious option when fresh foods aren't available, as they can provide essential nutrients and are convenient, but it's important to read labels and choose accordingly. Additionally, many canned foods do not contain any added ingredients at all, but the only way to know for sure is to read the ingredient list.
Be mindful of best-before dates and use canned goods before they expire. Furthermore, you should wipe or wash the top of all cans and containers before opening.
Visit Feeding America to find a local food bank in your area to donate to or support virtually https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank
Be sure to exercise caution when donating or visiting drop off locations. Learn more about how to safely donate and support food pantries during COVID-19 https://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/coronavirus
Find a food pantry in your Zip Code Area to donate to, or inquire about receiving assistant or transportation to a food pantry or soup kitchen by:
Article and recipe produced by Ruby Miller, Louisiana 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association, Southwest Regional Representative.