SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com
Though you may eat the same foods you've always eaten since you were a kid, the fact is your nutritional needs change throughout your life. "In youth, it’s all about growth and maintaining a body that can procreate," says nutrition and fitness expert Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of The New York Times bestseller "The Hunger Fix." "After the age of 50, the goal is to prevent disease by maintaining an optimally healthy and active mind and body." Being in the best health possible means what we eat as we age matters. "As we get older, metabolism slows and the body’s ability to break down and use it’s fuel sources becomes less efficient," says Dr. Peeke. In addition, certain vitamins become more important to help protect against diseases and health issues.