Cater with Care. Impact of protein-enriched foods and drinks for elderly people


Cater with Care. Impact van eiwitverrijkte voedingsmiddelen voor ouderen

Promovendus J (Janne) Beelen MSc
Promotor CPGM (Lisette) de Groot FJ (Frans) Kok
Copromotor NM (Nicole) de Roos
Organisatie Wageningen University & Research, Division of Human Nutrition

vr 14 oktober 2016 13:30 tot 15:00

Locatie Aula, gebouwnummer 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen

Protein undernutrition is a major health concern for older adults, especially for those who are ill. The target of 1.2-1.5 gram protein/kg bodyweight/day is not reached by the majority of older adults. Therefore, more effective and novel strategies to increase protein intake are warranted, including the use of protein-enriched foods and drinks. This thesis evaluated the impact of developed protein-enriched foods and drinks on protein intake and physical performance among older adults. The studies were done as part of the Cater with Care-project; a collaboration between the university, care organizations, and partners from the food industry.

It was concluded that with the protein-enriched familiar foods and drinks, we have a feasible, acceptable, and appetizing long-term strategy to increase protein intake of older adults in various settings. We envisage a beneficial role of these protein-enriched products in combination with physical activity in older adults with lower protein intakes.