COVID-19 pandemic is driving 30 percent of seniors to eat more plant-based foods
Three in ten seniors (30 percent) in North America are eating more plant-based foods due to the COVID-19 pandemic report compiled by the retirement home company Amica Senior Lifestyles. Between September and October 2020, a representative group of 1,409 baby boomers and seniors from the USA and Canada was interviewed on behalf of Amica Senior Lifestyles about their eating habits during the pandemic. The survey found that 59 percent of participants not only tried more plant-based foods, but also said they were eating healthier and increasing their physical activity.
“I see the growing interest of the elderly in plant-based foods as a natural response to both their current life cycle and the trends that are popping up on the news. Many may be working with the current or increased risk of cardiometabolic problems (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, higher blood sugar), of which numerous research results consistently show that increasing plant proteins can reduce them. “Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, Integrative and Functional Eco-Dietician said. “Also, they may suspect that this is a way for them to participate in greener practices that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as a nod to the younger generation who is a little confused. After all, digestion slows down with age, and the fiber found in many plant foods is often a friend of someone who may need some assistance in this department. Nothing like a bean burger to keep things moving. “
Helping Seniors Go Vegan
In September Connexion Insurance Solutions – a Seattle-based general agency specializing in health insurance – launched the Northwest Connexion Challenge, a 30-day program to help seniors go vegan. The program was developed in collaboration with Dr. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai are helping seniors transition to a whole plant-based diet while engaging in a virtual community to battle feelings of loneliness during the pandemic.