There are three things that many doctors urge adults to cut back. They are salt, saturated fat, and sugar. Diets that are high in salt and sugar can lead to health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease.


Home Care in Orinda CA: Items Seniors Should Eat Less

Home Care in Orinda CA: Items Seniors Should Eat Less


Reading labels on the foods you purchase for your parents is a good start. Some of these items, however, aren’t always listed by a name you’d recognize. Sometimes, the name that appears on the label is a little trickier and may be overlooked. Learn to look for these items by their lesser-known names.



Labels don’t always use salt or some form of sodium on the label. You’ll likely catch it when it’s listed under names like:

    • Disodium guanylate
    • Disodium inosinate
    • MSG (monosodium glutamate)
    • Trisodium phosphate


You should also watch for the following sneakier names on food labels.

    • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
    • Fleur de sel
    • Himalayan pink


Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are often associated with red meats, but they’re in a lot more than that. They’re in dairy products like butter and full-fat cheeses, yogurts, and milk. Watch for these names when you’re looking over food labels.

    • Coconut cream
    • Coconut milk
    • Coconut oil
    • Drippings
    • Ghee
    • Lard
    • Palm kernel oil
    • Shortening
    • Suet
    • Tallow

You should also look at the values and see if there is saturated fat listed on the label. If there is saturated fat in a food, you’re going to see percentages on the label.



Sugar is okay in moderation, but people ingest far more than is advised. The daily limits should be 9 teaspoons for men and 6 for women. According to experts, the average amount consumed in the U.S. each day is a whopping 17 teaspoons.


Be careful finding hidden sugar in the foods you purchase for your parents. These are the names that all mean sugar.

    • Agave nectar
    • Corn syrup
    • Demerara
    • Dextrose
    • Fructose
    • Glucose
    • Golden syrup
    • Honey
    • Lactose
    • Malt
    • Maltose
    • Maple syrup
    • Sucrose

As your parents get older, they may be less interested in cooking their meals. It can be a chronic health condition like arthritis that makes cooking painful. They may have a harder time cooking meals for just one or two people after decades of cooking for an entire family. Sometimes, it’s simply a lack of time during a busy day. Fast food and takeout become easier.


Instead of relying on ready-to-eat meals, arrange elder care services for your parents. They could keep up their favorite activities while a caregiver prepares their meals and snacks. Choose the days and hours they could use help with meals and call an elder care agency to get started.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Orinda, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care.
Call today: (415) 795-2203


Evan Loevner, CEO