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Apetito steps up fight against care home malnutrition

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Apetito, the UK’s leading creator and supplier of meals for the health and social care sector, has launched a new product range, Mini Meals Extra.

The new range of energy dense meals helps combat the effects of malnutrition by packing over 500 calories into a small portion. This ensures even those with a reduced appetite can still enjoy delicious food whilst meeting dietary requirements.

Helen Willis, apetito dietitian, said: “By creating an energy dense meal in a smaller portion, we are eliminating the need to split larger meals or throw away uneaten food, if a person has a small appetite.

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“Mini Meals Extra meals contain over 500 calories but are small and tasty, ensuring dietary requirements are met and any risk of malnutrition is minimised.”

In total, one in ten older people in the UK are suffering from or at risk of malnutrition, with 30-42% of care home residents considered malnourished.

This relatively unknown, but very serious, issue costs the NHS £19.6bn per year. Often overshadowed by obesity as a public health issue, malnutrition impacts a person’s wellbeing; leading to further problems, such as an increase in hospital visits, increased dependency and increased infections, as well as an increased number of deaths.

The new range of 11 meals, which are small but energy dense, containing between 501-522 calories and at least 20g of essential protein, will go some way to help maintain a person’s nutritional needs and combat malnutrition; and in turn help solve a critical issue.

The meals are now available through apetito Healthcare, apetito Care Homes and Wiltshire Farm Foods.

Tags : Apetitofood and nutrition
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