Journal article

Dairy food supplementation may reduce malnutrition risk in institutionalised elderly

Sandra Iuliano, Shirley Poon, Xiaofang Wang, Minh Bui, Ego Seeman

BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2017

Abstract

Malnutrition in institutionalised elderly increases morbidity and care costs. Meat and dairy foods are high-quality protein sources so adequate intakes may reduce malnutrition risk. We aimed to determine whether inadequate intakes of meat and dairy foods contribute to malnutrition in institutionalised elderly. This cross-sectional study involved 215 elderly residents (70·2 % females, mean age 85·8 years) from twenty-one aged-care facilities in Melbourne, Australia. Dietary intake was assessed using observed plate waste. Food groups and serving sizes were based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. Nutrient content was analysed using a computerised nutrient analysis software (Xyris). Mal..

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