Malnutrition Awareness Week

Last week was the first UK Malnutrition Awareness Week.  And I don’t mean malnutrition in developing nations or in war torn countries.  Malnutrition is a huge issue in the UK and Europe.  It surprises people that malnutrition in developed nations cost more per year than the effects of obesity.  The most recent estimate is £19.6…

Keep active and eat protein rich foods for healthy ageing

What a protein rich meal – eggs, beans and cheese!  These are naturally protein rich foods.  However, you may have noticed that extra protein is also being added to many foods – breakfast cereals, chocolate bars and snack bars to name a few.  Protein is certainly having its moment in the spotlight and getting some…

Ageing – It is all a matter of Taste

The five tastes – sweet, bitter, salty, sour and umami. These combined with the myriad of volatile chemicals that waft up our nasal passages is what gives flavour to our food. As children we remember those foods that we hated – blue cheese, olives, mustard, chilli for example.  ‘You will like them when you are…

Processed food – Good or Bad?

I had an article to write, about convenient long life food that you can stock up on if you might be stuck for getting out to shop for fresh bits and pieces.  It was for a publication going out in the Autumn with the thought that winter weather can sometimes keep people at home. There…

Dysphagia – avoiding malnutrition

At the request of a speech and language therapist friend of mine (www.voxaux.com), a summary of nutrition issues affecting people who need to eat pureed or blended foods.  Firstly, I should point out that this information cannot replace specific advice and support from a registered dietitian. A small amount of background for those reading this who are…

Mind the Gap…

The Hunger Gap that is.  The BDA is launching a campaign to tackle malnutrition amongst older people living in their own homes. http://www.mindthehungergap.com/signs/index.html There is a myth that malnutrition is a problem for developing countries however there are far too many cases of malnutrition here in the UK.  Over the years, I have experience of nutrition…