Say No to Standard Nutritional Shakes
The New York Times reported that the American Geriatrics Society has made a new warning in their Choosing Wisely recommendations against using products such as Boost and Ensure because they are little more than ‘liquid candy’. Interestingly, this is a label usually ascribed to soda. Like soda, the primary ingredients are water and sugar. Unfortunately, these so called nutritional drinks are not really nutritious. They contain synthetic vitamins which are not as bio-available or as well absorbed as their natural higher quality counterparts. As such, they are empty calories. If you want a nutritious diet for your senior loved one, do not serve this ‘liquid candy’ to the elderly in Manhattan, or anywhere else.
Why Recommend Them?
Geriatricians often recommend these supplements out of fear of weight loss and malnutrition. Ironically, sugar cereals like Fruit Loops, so decried by nutritionists, have far fewer grams of sugar per serving. These so-called nutritional supplements supply even more sugar than these “kid cereals”. Consequently, it would be more beneficial to address the underlying reason for the lack of appetite and weight loss than recommending these energy drinks. Remember, there could be a medical reason for a loss of appetite or it could be something more logistical in nature.
What Can You Do?
If a lack of ability to prepare nutritious meals is a problem, help is easily available. Fortunately, there are home health aides that you could hire on an hourly basis to relieve the burden of that task. These caregivers could work within the dietary restrictions of the elderly patient to prepare meals that are healthful and tasty. Furthermore, the home health aide could feed the senior citizen as well as supervise and monitor the food intake. They can keep relatives and health professionals well informed regarding the food intake of the patient. These aides could be obtained through home care agencies in your area.
David York Supports Healthy Diets in the Elderly in Manhattan
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