Baby Boomers: Eating Healthier Than Ever Before

May 06 00:00 2001 Print This Article

Get ready for changing trends in the kitchen! Baby Boomers, the generation that's had the biggest impact on society at every stage of its life, from schools and university education, to feminism and general equality, lifestyle choices and exercise, are beginning to turn 50. Almost 80 million strong, this group born between 1946 and 1964 will reach senior citizenship in 15 years. By 2030, twenty percent of Americans will be 65 years or older.

For a generation that rewrote the definitions of youth, adolescence and married life, suddenly coming face-to-face with its own old age is prompting a major reassessment of eating habits. Men in this age group are likely to live another 27 years, and women close to 32 years. Staying healthy and looking good are paramount concerns for a generation that's had a good time living life and wants to continue. Along with consistent exercise and controlling stress, Baby Boomers have figured out that what they eat is essential to promote wellness and successful aging.

Since illnesses affected by diet, like heart disease and some cancers, are no longer off on someone else's far horizon, Boomers are well aware of the link between healthful living and low fat and low cholesterol foods -- and paying more attention to what they eat.

As a result, expect even more items like a convenient and ready-to-use egg substitute to find their way into kitchens. Egg Beaters Healthy Egg Substitute, a fat- and cholesterol-free egg alternative can be easily used in place of eggs in recipes like your favorite baked goods with no taste difference. Made from egg whites (one quarter cup is equivalent to one whole egg), Egg Beaters has only 30 calories per serving. Including an egg alternative as part of a low fat diet may even help reduce the risk of heart disease. Look for the handy substitute in the supermarket's refrigerator section next to shell eggs or in the freezer section.

Baby Boomers are also discovering that healthful eating doesn't mean sacrificing variety, flavor or taste. Rather, they're revving up taste buds with hearty Breakfast Burritos dressed with a flavorful fresh Tomato-Basil Topping, fragrant Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins and a spicy Streusel Coffee Cake. A Fat-Free Tropical Shake also wins high marks for its healthful profile. So do a Caesar Salad adapted with a zesty no-cholesterol dressing and tasty Spinach-Cheddar Squares. All are made low fat and low cholesterol using an egg substitute and other smart tricks like using applesauce as a fat substitute.

By making healthy lifestyle choices -- both in the kitchen and with their attitude towards the world -- Baby Boomers will indeed age successfully.

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