Nestlé Health Science has announced the launch of the next generation of nutrition drinks -- 4 fluid-ounce size BOOST Calorie Smart 100 Calories Balanced Nutritional Drink and BOOST Compact Complete Nutritional Drink. Research shows that more than 40 percent of adults are not meeting the recommended daily intake of many vitamins and minerals through diet alone. Key shortfall nutrients for adults 50 years and older include calcium, magnesium, potassium, choline and vitamins A, D and E. Consuming a nutritional drink, such as the new BOOST drinks, can help older adults get the nutrition they need every day.

"There are many reasons why adults may not get the nutrition necessary for good health -- for example, their lifestyle, their health status or natural effects of aging, such as appetite loss," said Samantha Lynch, MS, RD CDN, a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition-related health conditions including geriatrics and weight management. "Nutritionally balanced drinks can help address important nutrition gaps in older populations."

For some, getting extra nutrition without consuming extra calories can be a challenge. BOOST Calorie Smart 100 Calories Drink is a great-tasting solution. This unique 100 calorie 4 fl oz snack size drink contains 10 grams of high-quality protein to help maintain muscle, 25 vitamins and minerals to help meet daily nutritional needs, calcium to support bone health and only 2 grams of sugar. It comes in Rich Chocolate and Very Vanilla flavors for a nutritious snack that can fit into a busy life.

New BOOST Compact Drink is a ground-breaking solution that provides complete nutrition in half the volume of a full size nutritional drink (4 fl oz vs. 8 fl oz in BOOST Original Drink). Distinct from any product currently on the market, each 4 fl oz bottle is packed with 240 calories, 10 grams of high-quality protein to help maintain muscle and 26 vitamins and minerals to help meet daily nutritional needs. Available in Rich Chocolate and Very Vanilla flavors, it also contains both calcium and vitamin D to support bone health.

Nutrient-dense, smaller sized nutritional drinks can help people in need of extra nutrition get the nutrition they need. Studies have shown that older adults who consume a 4 fl oz nutrient-dense nutritional supplement rather than a standard-size nutritional supplement increase their calorie and protein intake significantly.