Many people eat less with age, whether it is due to a lack of appetite, loss of smell and taste, the challenges of living alone, losing interest in cooking, or the pain of chewing from teeth/gum or denture problems.
This can mean older adults often miss out on getting enough important macro and micronutrients, despite their need for many nutrients being higher.
Several studies have shown that elderly people eat less than the daily recommended amount of protein, which is closely linked to loss of muscle strength and functionality.
Older adults should try get enough protein through a healthy, balanced diet, with the support of high quality nutritional protein supplements like Nutralean & NutraVegan.
Most of the protein products marketed for seniors are full of added sugars and fillers.
For example, one serving of one of the top nutrition supplements for older adults has only 8 grams of protein, but 18 grams of sugar!
The second ingredient, after water is corn maltodextrin and then sugar.
Nutracelle's Nutralean is full of protein, healthy fiber with no added sugar, no fillers and best of all - it tastes delicious!
Many nutrition experts now recommend older people increase their protein intake compared to younger adults.
Older adults need to eat more protein-rich foods when losing weight, dealing with a chronic or acute illness, or facing a hospitalization, according to a growing consensus among scientists.
Even healthy seniors need more protein than when they were younger to help preserve muscle mass, experts suggest.
Older women in particular, should increase their protein intake to a minimum of 1.0-1.2g of protein per kilogram of body weight per day.