Apetito has created a range of energy-dense, texture-modified foods, for people who have difficulty swallowing.
The condition, dysphagia, is particularly common among older people with other ailments such as dementia and strokes. If not properly managed, people do not consume enough calories, leading to the onset of malnutrition and associated illnesses.
The latest range from apetito, the Purée Petite range of energy-dense meals, is offered alongside its texture-modified selection, to help people consume more calories from smaller meals.
They have been developed by the company’s in-house dietitian, nutritionist and team of chefs, to deliver the same energy in 40% smaller meals than its existing range of Category C meals.
“This development is a direct result of feedback from care homes who have highlighted that some residents need meals with high levels of nutrition in smaller portions to reflect smaller or decreased appetites,” the company states.
Each option within the range provides more than 500 calories and 15g-20g protein, helping people with dysphagia, to consume high protein, high calorific meals that meet their nutritional needs.
Lee Sheppard, apetito’s director of public policy and external affairs, said: “Everyone deserves the right to dine with dignity and dysphagia has removed that for many thousands of people. What’s more, for those with poor appetites, every mouthful has to count.
“I’m incredibly proud of how we can make a real difference to people’s lives with these meals – food that looks and tastes like you would hope, delivers high nutritional value and is reassuringly safe.”
Dishes, which are prepared in line with the British Dietetic Association guidelines, include puréed steak casserole served with carrots and sauté potatoes, puréed tomato and basil pasta served with cauliflower cheese and peas.