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  » Diet Information  »  Daily food guide for older adults

The daily diet of older adults should include at least the minimal number of servings from each food group. The amount of each type of food will vary according to caloric needs of each older person.

It is important to remember that nutrient requirements do not diminish with age, but caloric needs decrease gradually in older adulthood; therefore, the quality of foods must be improved in order to derive the same nutrients with fewer calories.

To meet minimal nutrient requirements, the following basic guidelines should be followed for daily food intake:


ServingsFood Item
4Fruits and vegetables
4Breads and cereals
2-3Meat, fish, poultry or legumes (dried peas and beans, lentils, nut butters, soy products)
2Milk and milk products, such as cheese
1-2High-fiber foods (which should be included in the categories listed above)
10+Eight-ounce glasses of liquid