GentleFoods® Innovations: New Trends in Puréed Cuisine for Enhanced Dining

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At GentleFoods®, we're more than just chefs - we're culinary pioneers. We understand the unique challenges faced by individuals with swallowing difficulties, and we're constantly pushing the boundaries of soft food for elderly to create delightful dining experiences. Let's delve into the latest trends in puréed cuisine and see how GentleFoods® stays at the...
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Maintaining Muscles For Older Adults

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Older adults are a vulnerable group with respect to muscle loss but this is an issue often overlooked by many seniors. According to a local study, one in 5 Singaporeans above 65 has low muscle mass and the prevalence is not limited to malnourished people but is also high among normally nourished older adults....
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Challenges Of Texture-Modified Meals

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People with dysphagia or swallowing difficulties often require texture-modified diets to ensure easy and safe chewing and swallowing. However, dysphagic populations on such diets have been well reported to be at a higher risk of inadequate oral intake, leading to malnutrition and dehydration. In this article we will discuss some of the contributing factors...
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年长人士应注意吃够蛋白质

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蛋白质与我们的健康息息相关。随着年龄的增长,我们体内的蛋白质却在不断流失。因此,与年轻人相比,年长者更需要补充蛋白质。足够的蛋白质可以帮助年长者更好地保持肌肉量和活动能力,以维持一定的生活质量。充足的蛋白质还有助于提高身体的免疫力,帮助年长者更快地从疾病中康复。  然而,由于咀嚼吞咽功能不佳、味觉退化等原因,年长者常会出现食欲不好、吃不下的情况,结果导致营养不均衡、蛋白质摄入不足。而长期患病、代谢状况改变等因素又使得年长者对蛋白质的需求增加。因此,蛋白质营养不良的现象在年长者中非常普遍。据报道1,在蛋白质摄入不足的65岁及以上的新加坡人中,每五个人中就有四人面临营养不良的风险和肌肉量缺乏问题,并且这群人更容易受伤和摔倒。除此之外,蛋白质营养不良还可能延长年长者住院时间、增加术后并发症、感染的可能性,严重影响了年长者的生活质量以及健康寿命。因此,年长者一定要注意摄取足够的蛋白质。  蛋白质从哪里来? 优质蛋白质的食物包括动物性食品和植物性食品。 动物蛋白包括: 家禽,如去皮的鸡、鸭和火鸡肉 肉类,如牛肉、羊肉和猪肉 鱼和海鲜 奶与奶制品如奶酪 鸡蛋   记得要尽量选择低脂肪的食物,如去皮的鸡肉、瘦肉和低脂牛奶。 植物蛋白包括: 毛豆(edamame)、黑豆、黄豆及豆制品如豆腐、腐竹 除此之外,坚果如杏仁以及各种杂豆如红豆、绿豆、小扁豆(lentil)、腰豆等也是不错的选择。   每天应该吃多少蛋白质?   保健促进局建议,为确保从饮食中获得足够的蛋白质,50岁及以上成年人每日应摄取三份鱼/肉或替代品,并且其中一份应该是奶制品或含钙较高的食物。一份的范例如下: 一片掌心大小的瘦肉、鱼或禽肉(90克) 二杯低脂奶(500毫升) 二小块豆腐(170克) 五只中等大小的虾(90克) ¾杯煮熟的豆类 (120克) 三粒鸡蛋(150克) GentleFoods 食品中,Pureed Chicken Rice Petite Meal, Pureed Chicken / Fish Petite Meal中的鱼/肉份量都接近‘一份’的标准。  如何补充蛋白质? 尽量摄取各种各样的高质量蛋白质,这样才不会因为重复吃同样的食品而感到厌倦。 保证每餐都有一份蛋白质的食物,而不是把这些食物集中在一餐。 搭配食用动物蛋白和植物蛋白,这样可以大大提高食物蛋白的消化吸收。 如果咀嚼功能较差或消化不好,可以优先选择容易消化的鱼、虾,或者事先将鸡肉、猪肉等切碎、搅烂再烹饪。 准备一些富含蛋白质的点心、零食,随时补充蛋白质,比如优格(yoghurt)、豆花或GentleFoods高蛋白浓汤。 当然,除了摄取足够蛋白质,年长者也应当注意其它营养如膳食纤维的摄取。因为只有营养均衡,身体才会健康。 参考资料 1 Cheryl Tan & Shabana Begum 2021, The Straits Times, <https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/4-in-5-elderly-singaporeans-who-are-at-risk-of-malnutrition-have-low-muscle-mass-study>  
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Are Frozen Meals Healthy?

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In recent years, the demand for frozen meals has increased. Contrary to the general belief that frozen meals are inferior to freshly cooked food, they actually can be a good, healthy alternative to fresh counterparts.  Quality of Frozen Meals  Freezing, as one of the most popular preservation methods, has a long history. In the...
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Preventing High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition in which your blood pressure is consistently too high, thus causing health problems such as stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. Hypertension is a silent killer as most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms until the blood pressure has reached dangerously high...
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没有胃口怎么办?

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胃口不好有很多原因。比如生病时,药物、疼痛、疲劳等因素都可能让人没有食欲而吃不下饭。失智症、中风或者化疗引起的吞咽困难也是造成食欲不振的一个原因。如果食欲持续没有改善,我们一定要重视起来,以免因为长期胃口不佳导致营养不良和体重下降。食欲不振该怎么办呢?试试以下这些治疗方法吧。1. 不要等到饿了才吃东西,尽量按时用餐。2. 少食多餐。食欲不振时,面对份量较大的食物时,反而更加没胃口。最好的方法是每隔2-3小时吃少量食物。GentleFoods的小份套餐 (petite meals)、高热量的点心零食,像是夹心饼干、肉包、坚果、GentleFoods的红龟粿 (ang ku kueh)、黑芝麻糊等点心都是不错的选择。3. 不必限制你的饮食。如果你想吃提拉米苏,那就吃吧,不要太担心里面的脂肪和糖,因为维持体重和保证摄取足够能量更重要。4. 给食物加点“料”,确保吃下去的每一口都营养丰富。比如,可以在粥里面额外加点芝麻油或橄榄油来增加热量,或者在面包上涂上厚厚一层花生酱或吞拿鱼来摄取更多的热量和蛋白质。GentleFoods的蔬菜汤都很有“料” - - 蛋白质。5. 如果你觉得不想吃东西,那么可以喝一些高热量、高蛋白质的汤或饮品。试试全脂牛奶、纯果汁、甜豆花水、口服营养剂和GentleFoods高蛋白浓汤。6. 如果你没有体力每天做饭,那么可以一次性多煮一些食物,然后把它们分成几份储存在冰箱里。当你饿的时候只要取出一份,花几分钟加热就行了。7. 如果你实在不想做饭,冷冻即食餐 (ready-to-eat frozen meals)可以解决你的吃饭问题。订几份GentleFoods的冷冻即食小份套餐吧!每份套餐都包括一份米饭、一份鱼或鸡肉和一份蔬菜,营养均衡。8. 保证食物多样化。如果吃饭的时候总是固定的几样菜,时间久了难免会减少吃饭的欲望。要是每一餐的食物种类多一点,不同的颜色、味道、气味可能可以刺激食欲。9. 食物软硬要适中,你可能会觉得较软较碎的食物更容易吃。如果你怀疑自己有吞咽问题,建议你找语言治疗师确诊一下。GentleFoods是提供此项服务的。10. 尽可能和家人朋友一起吃饭。有家人的陪伴,可能会让你的胃口大开。11. 适当的体育锻炼可以刺激食欲和食物的消化吸收。饭前或饭后慢走或做做伸展运动可能对胃口有所帮助。12. 如果疼痛或恶心是导致你食欲不振的原因,和你的医生谈谈,看看有没有合适的药物帮助缓解这些症状。13. 如果你的胃口不好,而且体重正在下降,建议你咨询一下我们的营养师。营养师会针对你的营养状况为你量身定制饮食方案,确保你能摄取足够的营养。
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Iron-rich Food Sources and Iron-boosting Meals

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Iron is a mineral that plays several vital functions in our body, primarily in transferring oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body. It may go unnoticed when the body’s iron level begins to drop. As the body becomes more deficient in iron, symptoms of iron deficiency will develop, such as fatigue,...
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Diving Deeper Into Food Nutrition Labels

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What do you look out for when shopping for food? Is it all about the price? Or are you carried away by the fancy packaging? However, for the sake of our health, it is important to read food nutrition labels which can help you make the best choices. When you read nutrition facts, pay attention...
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Celebrating Christmas with Dysphagia

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It is the season of love and good food this Christmas! Did you know that even for dysphagia patients, it is possible to celebrate and indulge healthily in the delicious festive delights? With the right food choices, you can eat to your heart's content while taking care of your health!  Christmas Pudding Traditional Christmas...
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