Smaller but energy and protein-enriched meals improve energy and nutrient intakes in elderly patients
2005 (English)In: The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, ISSN 1279-7707, Vol. 9, no 4, 243-247 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of the present study was to investigate if smaller but energy and protein enriched meals could improve energy and nutrient intakes in elderly geriatric patients. Ten patients, between 77 and 87 years of age were included in the study, performed at a Geriatric rehabilitation ward. The first week after inclusion, the patients were offered a three days' standard hospital menu and the second week, a three days' energy and protein-enriched menu. The consumption of food and the fluid intake were recorded using a pre-coded food record book during both the menus and analysed by the Swedish National Food Administration. The patients' energy requirements were calculated according to the Nordic Nutrition Recommendation for elderly subjects. When the standard hospital menu was offered, six patients had lower energy intake, -67 to -674 kcal/day, than the calculated energy requirements. The daily energy intake increased by 37 %, with the energy and protein-enriched menu compared with the standard hospital menu. Furthermore, the daily intake of protein, fat, carbohydrate, certain vitamins and minerals was significantly higher with the energy and protein-enriched menu compared with the standard hospital menu. Conclusion: This study showed that the intake of energy and nutrients increased with the energy and protein-enriched menu in elderly patients on a geriatric rehabilitation ward. © The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging 2005.
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2005. Vol. 9, no 4, 243-247 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27002Local ID: 11638OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27002DiVA: diva2:247553