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Nutrition and Wound Healing

Good nutrition is necessary for wound healing. During the healing process, the body needs increased amounts of calories, protein and vitamins A and C.

Goals for healthy eating

  • Follow a well-balanced eating plan with food from each food group:
    • grains
    • vegetables
    • fruits, meat and beans
    • milk
    • oil
  • Refer to www.choosemyplate.gov for specific serving recommendations of each food group.

  • Eat 10-15 calories/pound of body weight.
  • Eat 1/2 gram of protein/pound body of weight.
  • Include “power foods” such as:
    • Protein: At least two to three servings per day
      • Beef, fish, poultry, pork, veal, lamb, eggs
      • Cheese, milk, yogurt
      • Tofu, beans and peas, nuts and seeds
    • Vitamin A: At least one serving per day
      • Dark green, leafy vegetables
      • Orange or yellow vegetables
      • Orange fruits
      • Fortified dairy products
      • Liver
    • Vitamin C: At least one serving a day
      • Citrus fruits
      • Strawberries, tomatoes
      • Peppers, potatoes, spinach
      • Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage

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