Concern for Seniors' Diets

March 1/Los Angeles/Health & Beauty Close-Up -- Elderly people who live on their own that do not prepare whole meals or do mot know how, tend to dwindle their intake to "tea and toast" at the expense of vital nutrients and their health, according to an article published in the February issue of Food Nutrition & Science.  

According to Nutritionist Ellie Wilson, MS, RD of Price Chopper Supermarkets, "Tea and Toast Syndrome" leads to reduced calories and a gradual loss of wellness and muscle due to poor protein intake. Wilson says research is showing that snacking may be a great way for seniors to meet their needs.

"As the Baby Boomers continue to age, we need to provide them with counseling and resources on easy foods with a higher nutritional value such as bananas, cheese sticks or low-fat flavored yogurt," says Phil Lempert, founder of Food Nutrition & Science and CEO of The Lempert Report and "This provides an opportunity for supermarkets and retailers to work directly with their customers to help them navigate the market to find easy, affordable and healthful solutions."

From the March 3, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News
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