Tropical Fruit – A Healthy Treat for Elderly Adults

By Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

March 11, 2016

Senior Care in Cranberry Township PA

Tropical fruits are sweet, exotic, unique, and reminiscent of hot, sunny summer days.  Many tropical fruits make a great addition to a revitalizing breakfast or even a sweet dessert.  One great Senior-Care-in-Cranberry-Township-PAthing about tropical fruits is that they are readily available at most grocery stores, even for those who live very far from where they are grown, making them a convenient produce choice all year long.  For caregivers who are striving to prepare meals and snacks for their elderly loved ones that contain more fruit, several varieties of tropical fruits are a great choice due to their high nutrient content.  Here are just a few examples of delicious tropical fruits that have great health benefits for elderly adults:
Ripe mangos have a soft, juicy texture and a candy-sweet taste.  Their vibrant yellow flesh makes them a beautiful addition to fruit salads and fruit platters.  Even though they may taste like candy, they are actually full of nutrients that elderly adults need such as vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber.
Pineapple is another example of a candy-sweet fruit that is very nutrient dense.  Pineapples are loaded with B vitamins, fiber, and vitamin C to promote a healthy immune system.  Due to their high water content, pineapples are also a very hydrating fruit.
For elderly adults who are striving to keep their immune system strong, kiwis are a great fruit to enjoy every day.  They contain more vitamin C than an orange and they are also high in fiber.  Kiwis are low in calories and have a low glycemic index, making them a great snack for elderly adults with diabetes.
The papaya is another vitamin C-rich tropical fruit that tastes delicious.  It’s bright orange flesh is soft and sweet, making it perfect for smoothies or fruit salad.  The seeds are edible, as well, and also contain nutrients.
Bananas are a tropical fruit that are inexpensive and widely available.  They are the perfect portable snack and a great fruit to always have on hand.  Bananas are an excellent source of both potassium and fiber.
While often thought of as a vegetable, the avocado is actually a fruit that grows in tropical climates.  This soft, buttery fruit is a great source of healthy fats, protein, fiber, B vitamins, and vitamin E which promotes healthy skin.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Cranberry Township, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care.  Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551