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Expert: Much can be done to improve elderly nutrition

Expert: Much can be done to improve elderly nutrition
23rd May 2008

A catering expert has stated that there is a lot that can be done to improve the nutrition of elderly individuals.

Writing on, Louis Levy, head of nutritional policy and advice at the Food Standards Agency claims that there is much that can be done to help the one in seven elderly citizens who are reportedly malnourished.

"Good diet plays a crucial role in keeping us fit and healthy as we age. Certain diseases that become prevalent with age, such as osteoporosis, and some cancers and coronary heart disease could be prevented through better diets," he stated.

Adding that it is easy for the elderly to think that it is too late for them to embark on a health kick, he said that this is not true.

Mr Levy advised that caterers providing foods to nursing homes should focus on delivering greater amounts of calcium, folate, riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc, as these are highly beneficial to the elderly, in addition to the starchy foods, fruit and vegetables that are recommended for all age groups.

This follows news that a protein found in celery, camomile and green peppers could help give Alzheimer's relief.