Hospital patients usually have to indicate what they would like to eat a day in advance and often misestimate their appetite. As a consequence, they do not get the right amount of food, and a lot of food ends up being wasted.
Research conducted at Wageningen UR shows that this waste can be reduced significantly if the plate is filled at a patient’s bedside. Patients can decide what they would like to eat, and how much they would like to have. Flexible eating hours, a larger selection of food options and a pleasant space also contribute to reducing the amount of wasted food. And patients eat better, too. This is how Wageningen UR contributes to improving the quality of life.