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Food and nutrition in the golden years: hungry for innovation

Although people are living longer around the world, this does not necessarily mean that they are growing old healthy. Back to the CIAG 2013 results…

As life expectancy increases, a whole slew of complications associated with natural ageing can turn into serious health issues: sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass and strength) and osteoporosis increase the risk of fractures (16-fold in women with sarcopenia), sometimes leading to a loss of autonomy. Fractures are a factor of abnormally high mortality rates (25%). Undernutrition, detected in 40% of hospitalised patients, usually starts at home and makes people more susceptible to disease. Cognitive degeneration also jeopardises health, often leading to the loss of autonomy and the need for long-term care.

Nevertheless, recent research presented at CIAG in Dijon (Nov 2013) has shown that this vicious circle is neither inevitable nor completely irreversible. Adequate diet and regular exercise play a major role in preventing age-related diseases; these are the keys to healthy ageing, and to maintaining an optimal quality of life.

Optifel, aims to develop enhanced fruit- and vegetable-based products to respond to the needs of older people. Richer in proteins and energy, they have an appropriate texture, are easy to chew, and release micronutrients more easily.

Find out the OPTIFEL presentation at CIAG: Video C. Renard