Seniors and their families want to invest in healthy ageing and happy later life. With Valio’s pure Nordic dairy ingredients and latest innovation, food manufacturers can add the benefits of phospholipids on cognitive health and create desirable functional food products for healthy ageing, says the press release. Valio will be participating at Food Ingredients Asia in Bangkok, Thailand from 11 to 13 September 2019.
As good nutrition has a scientifically proven link to healthy ageing, the expanding elderly population and their wellbeing provides great potential for the food industry. With the right innovations supporting healthy ageing with nutrition, the food industry can make their products desirable for ageing adults, just as the beauty and personal care industry has done.
Commenting on the innovation, Minja Miettinen, senior research manager – Research and Innovations at Valio said, “Out of all industries, I believe that the food and nutrition industries have perhaps the most significant means to ensure healthy ageing. As consumers, older adults could be described as foodies with emphasis on healthiness. We make about 200 food related choices every day, so there is plenty of opportunity to nudge older adults towards better food choices.”
Dairy fat and cognition
Valio claims to have developed a range of value-added powders to help food manufacturers respond to the growing demand of ageing adults. The latest developments in Valio’s tailormade food ingredient solutions are to be showcased at Food Ingredients Asia in Bangkok.
“Valio Eila NUTRI F+ lactose free formulated milk protein powder fulfils the key needs of older adults. In addition to containing essential nutrients, it also gives a full taste and texture, helping Valio’s customers to formulate their products. It works in several applications, such as milk powders, special nutrition drinks, dairy drinks, nutritious food and dietary products”, Minja Miettinen says.
Valio Eila NUTRI F+ lactose free formulated milk protein powder was introduced earlier this year at Vitafoods Europe. Especially the claimed health benefits of phospholipids located on the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) raised great interest among food industry professionals, as per the company.
“Dairy fat contains phospholipids that, according to research, are associated with positive effect on brain function in those with mild memory impairment. Phospholipids are the building blocks of brain cell membranes and therefore very important for brain function in all stages of the human lifespan, from babies and toddlers to active adults and seniors”, Miettinen states.