MAHAGARUN

25 April 2022
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MAHAGARUN

NRCT in cooperation with Mahidol University to develop nutritional supplements for the elderly Provides high nutritional value and prevents choking

Due to the deterioration of the body, the elderly are the age group at high risk of malnutrition. This is caused by many factors. Whether it is physical factors such as problems chewing food due to weak teeth. The taste buds on the tongue don’t work well. Make eating and not feel delicious. or mentally feeling bored, anxious, faced with depression as a result of hormonal changes causing a decrease in appetite It is easy to get sick because the body is not getting enough nutrients.

Dr. Wiparat Deeong, director of the National Research Office revealed that from the results of the study, it was found that people over 65 years old or most of the elderly Often face the problem of eating food with improper nutrition. which may lead to a condition of malnutrition or over-nutrition In addition, most elderly people tend to have underlying diseases, so getting too much of some food. or too little It can lead to serious health problems for the elderly. National Research Office (NRCT), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (TSU) gives importance to nutrition for the elderly. Has supported research funding to the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital. Mahidol University to study “Development of medical liquid food from natural raw materials to be a ready-made supplement that provides complete nutrition for the elderly” by Assoc. Research participants include Ms. Pitchnan Mongkol Sucharitkul and Miss Bongkochapat Pinsawas

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kornpat Mayurasakorn, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University revealed that the elderly population is increasing. and often have health problems, such as nutritional problems, resulting in insufficient nutrition In addition, there is an additional factor from the problem of deterioration of the body, causing problems in swallowing, causing choking. Even among the elderly who thought they were healthy, when laparoscopy, food was leaked into the trachea. And there may be more than 50 percent of the general elderly with these symptoms. Therefore, the project has developed ready-made meals for the elderly that provide complete nutrition. It is more viscous than normal water food to prevent choking. It has a good taste in Thai people’s mouths. Because it is made from raw materials that can be found in the country such as soybeans, eggs, chicken meat, mushrooms, black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds. Convenient and easy to carry because it is ready-to-eat food packed in sachets Just tear the sachet and use a straw to eat immediately.

The food format is similar to a smoothie. The nature of the food is thick and viscous. It can help slow down the flow into the trachea more than liquid foods that are commonly available in the market. Provides complete nutritional value from 5 groups, high protein, low carbohydrate General elderly people can eat. to strengthen health For some recipes such as soybean and white sesame recipes. and soybean mixed with black sesame formula In addition to being high in protein also has a low sugar content Patients with diabetes can also eat. From the research by inviting elderly volunteers to take a food test of various formulas that have been produced and endoscopy to see the efficiency of swallowing. It was found that the elderly’s satisfaction was at the same level as the medical food sold in the market. but from the texture of the food that is viscous, It can help slow down the flow into the t rachea more than liquid food in general. At present, 4 formulas are produced, with a size of 180 milliliters, which are both savory and sweet dishes, namely soybean and white sesame formula. soybean mixed with black sesame and shiitake mushroom chicken soup (shiitake) is expected to start selling in December. The first phase is distributed in hospitals and through online systems.