The concept of pureed food is often associated with the younger ages. However, it can also have a variety of benefits for those later in life. Revolutionising pureed food for the elderly can help older individuals to receive all the nutrition they need, while making the process of eating a lot easier. Some may argue that visually pureed diets are not the most appetising; however there are solutions around this, with food molds for pureed diets becoming more diverse and solutions developing over time. There are many benefits, a few of which are outlined in this post, but if you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Easier to swallow
Conditions that affect people's ability to swallow become much more likely to occur in old age. These swallowing problems are known as dysphagia and in these cases, attempting to swallow can be extremely dangerous in increasing the likelihood of choking. Suffering from this difficulty is harmful, as being able to swallow plays a huge role in the body's ability to receive essential nutrients. In these cases, pureed food can be a lifesaver. Removing solids from someone’s diet makes it easier to swallow while minimising the risk of choking.
Helps the elderly to receive the right nutrients
By overcoming the issue of swallowing through the removal of solids, it becomes much easier for elderly individuals to receive the nutrition they need. This population can still enjoy the flavours they have always loved, while still benefiting from the nutrition they possess. This has obvious benefits to health, as everything from meat, vegetables, fruit, and carbohydrates can be pureed. This ensures that the elderly are still receiving the key proteins, vitamins, and fats that they need to remain healthy.
Easier to digest
Pureed food is easier for the body to digest; the process of pureeing is like chewing a food product over and over. Because much of the food product is already broken down, it is much easier for the digestive system to absorb it. As we get older, our digestive system gradually worsens. This, as well as medication that elderly people often have to take, can lead to digestive problems. As a result, it is extremely beneficial for those with digestive problems to have food that is easier to digest.
Flavour can be enhanced
Pureeing food doesn’t mean a lack of flavour; in fact, flavour can actually be enhanced in the process. This natural enhancement can also be further enhanced depending on the needs of the patient, for example, adding a little sugar can alter the taste of pureed vegetables a sweeter, more appealing taste. Flavour enhancements are often ideal as the sense of taste can change with age, so altering the flavours can make more pleasing meals for the patient palette.
Food molds for pureed diets
Pureed food can often be unappetising and a little ‘sloppy’. However, it needn’t be this way. Innovative puree food molds have been created to ensure that pureed food looks just as edible as non-pureed food. Understanding the visual effects of pureed food, based on the satisfaction of those eating it has revolutionised pureed food for the. Pureed food can be extremely beneficial especially for the elderly population that struggle with swallowing and digestion. Food molds can make the world of difference, making the process a lot more enjoyable.
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