Page 32

©stock.adobe.com/au/Monkey Business

Why do many older adults eat less than the recommended amount of protein?

Ready meals can help

increase protein intake in the elderly

ow protein intake is as-

Katherine Appleton, lead researcher in a

sociated with an increased

Bournemouth University study.

“Our findings have a number of implications for intervention strategies. Taste was

risk of falls and fractures, a

“We surveyed older adults living in the

an important factor, so that suggests that

weaker immune system and

community and found that people were

we should be considering the use of flavour-

a higher risk of infection. So

most likely to eat different types of animal

ings and promoting appetising recipes or

in fact, older adults should

protein if they were tasty, affordable and

taster sessions. We also found that people

be increasing their protein intake to modify

convenient to buy and prepare. As people

took into account the healthiness of foods

these risks and recent research has found a

age they may face problems with eating

when picking what to buy and eat, so better

place for ready meals in improving protein

and digesting some foods, which affects

information and education may also change

consumption in older people.

what they choose to buy and eat, but un-

people’s decisions.

“Eating enough protein is important for

like other studies, we found that this wasn’t

“Cost and ease of preparation also

our health as we age, but many older people

necessarily the most important factor when

emerged as factors in our study. This sug-

don’t consume enough. Options such as tak-

choosing the foods we were interested in.

gests that the promotion of pre-prepared or

ing protein supplements or having fortified

“We found that people were also likely

pre-cooked foods may make a difference to

foods are often unpopular, so we chose to

to select food that they perceived to be

protein consumption, as might education

focus our research on foods that are natu-

healthy. These reasons all have implica-

around the promotion of cheaper sources

rally high in protein. We wanted to find out

tions for the kinds of interventions that

of protein. This could be as simple as pro-

how often people were eating animal-based

are likely to be successful in persuading

moting recipes or demonstrations explaining

proteins, such as meat, fish, eggs or dairy,

older people to eat more protein,” con-

how to reduce waste and use all of the

and why they appeal,” explained Professor

tinued Dr Appleton.

food we buy.”

32 | PREPARED FOOD - February 2017

www.preparedfood.com.au

Prepared Food Feb 2017  

Prepared Food, a new magazine serving the ready meals and high-volume catering industries with the latest trends, products, news and more.

Prepared Food Feb 2017  

Prepared Food, a new magazine serving the ready meals and high-volume catering industries with the latest trends, products, news and more.