Camire quoted in Outside magazine article on nutrition for all ages
Outside magazine quoted Mary Ellen Camire, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine, in the article “The Foods You Should be Eating at Every Age.” The article gives nutrition recommendations for people at different ages from their 20s and up, focusing on specific changes to “support long-term performance” in athletic activities. When people reach their 40s, they begin to lose muscle and bone mass, according to Camire. To combat this, the article recommends adding more lean or plant-based protein to your diet, along with anti-inflammatory foods like leafy greens and berries to improve athletic recovery. And protein is even more important for those age 60 and older. “The classic recommended daily allowance for protein intake — about seven grams per 20 pounds of body weight in a sedentary person — may not be enough to help older adults maintain muscle mass,” said Camire.