The articles featured here have been selected as they provide further information on the subject of nutritional needs. However, the opinions and advice enclosed are those of the respective authors and not those of Nestlé.
We all know that fruit is good for us – but so often we forget to add it into our daily routine. Here, nutritionist Kate Freeman shares her expert advice on how to get into the habit of squeezing more fruit into your diet.
Eating five to seven serves a day of fruit and vegetables can help protect us from heart disease and certain cancers, thanks to the antioxidant compounds contained therein; according to this report from the CSIRO. What are oxidants – and where will you find them?
Did you know . . . A recent Victorian-based study found one in three community-living older people to be at risk of malnutrition and 8% to be malnourished? This research (published in The Dietitian’s Association of Australia’s journal Nutrition & Dietetics) was reported in newspapers including the Herald Sun, The Age, the Hobart Mercury and the Canberra Times. Click here to read more about Poor Nutrition in the Elderly.
The study of more than 300 older Victorians living in the community and receiving care showed an alarming risk of malnutrition. Georgie Rist (author of The Nutrition & Dietetics article), said “many older Australians have less money to spend on healthy food options. If they are worried about money, they buy cheaper and less nutritious foods to stretch their budget. This lack of adequate food can result in malnutrition.”
With more than 2.5 million people aged 65 years and over, the government needs to make malnutrition a national health priority.
If you are living alone (or caring for an elderly person living alone), you may lack motivation to cook meals for one, especially if you don’t have much of an appetite. Other conditions such as swallowing difficulties can make meal times even harder. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical advice.
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