Companies are increasingly looking at the growing market in functional foods for elderly consumers. The aging population and the increasing costs of health care has meant that many consumers are looking towards supplements and fortified foods for a healthy lifestyle in retirement. It’s a growing demographic and a group that are prepared to spend money to look and feel good.
Plant-based Eating Habits
Plant-based eating have become fashionable amongst the younger group – but is it something that the older generation should consider introducing into their diets as well?
The journal ‘Frontiers in Nutrition’ published a study recently that considered several clinical trials and observational studies and that showed strong and consistent evidence that a plant-based diet can reduce inflammation and improve symptoms as regards to Rheumatoid Arthritis for example. This review adds to other evidence that a plant-based diet may be protective against auto-immune conditions. The suggestion is that a high fiber diet could alter the composition of gut bacteria and increase bacterial diversity which is often lacking in people suffering from RA1.
In addition, the plant-based diets are commonly low in fat which also seems to alleviate joint inflammation and pain. Further tests are needed to explore the correlation between a plant-based diet and reduced inflammation.
LENTEIN Complete is a plant protein with a similar complete profile to an animal protein. In addition, it’s a whole food minimally processed to include the dietary fibers originally existing in the plant as well as the highly nutritious phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. The ingredient is also a good source of Omega 3 fats. It has been blended into supplements and into foods to fortify not just with protein but with all the nutrients that still are contained in the minimally processed whole food ingredient.
LENTEIN Complete has been successfully formulated into snacks, bars, bakery, beverages and foods. It has the ability to be used in inclusion levels high enough for claims such as ‘high in protein’, ‘high in fiber’, good source of Omega 3 and other claims. As a plant protein it has the sweet, mild taste of grass and also a vibrant green color that is stable in different temperatures. Please reach out to LENTEIN.com for a sample.
1Nutrition Interventions in Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Potential Use of Plant-Based Diets. A Review: Alwarith J, Kahleova H, Rembert E, et al