HEALTHY EATING TIPS
There’s a lot of information about healthy eating and sometimes it’s hard to know how to make good choices.The tips below provide some guidance to help you eat healthy. Please be aware of your dietary constraints and when in doubt, consult your physician or nutritionist.
Some studies suggest that caffeine, an ingredient found in coffee and green tea, may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s. Evidence also suggests that caffeine may help with the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. Green tea may also have specific benefits for brain health and contains antioxidants that can help keep people healthy. It’s important to remember that some caffeinated beverages, such as soda, contain a lot of unhealthy sugar. And some coffee drinks also contain a lot of sugar and cream, which can contain unhealthy fat.
Some studies suggest that diets high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish and whole grains may be beneficial to people with Parkinson’s. For whole grains, this means whole wheat bread instead of white bread, brown rice instead of white rice, and whole wheat pasta instead of regular pasta. Whole grains can also help with constipation – a symptom that is common in people with Parkinson’s.
Everyone can benefit from a diet low in animal fat. For meats, choose fish, chicken or turkey instead of beef or pork to decrease the amount of animal fat in your diet. Choose grilled or baked meats over fried ones. Also know that protein can interfere with some medications for Parkinson’s – be sure to talk to your health care provider about the timing of eating protein when taking medications.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Fruits and vegetables are filled with vitamins and minerals that keep people healthy. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables is incredibly important for people with chronic conditions, such as Parkinson’s. Some studies suggest that fruits and vegetables high in beta-carotene, such as carrots, sweet potatoes and dark leafy green vegetables, seem to be especially beneficial for Parkinson’s.