Health News: Food Helps Older Generation Age Successfully

According to Food Technology magazine, food manufacturers and marketers must walk a thin line in letting older consumers know about products that can help them achieve a healthy lifestyle without making them feel old. A growing array of ingredients can be used to add functional properties to address aging consumer health concerns. Specific product categories include:

Yogurt: Probiotics added to yogurt offer digestive health benefits. Protein helps prevent sarcopenia, the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength often associated with aging.

Yellow fats: Margarines or spreads increasingly include plant stanols and omega-3 fatty acids, which are designed to help control cholesterol levels and maintain heart health.

Breads and cereals: Many bread products are now being fortified with whole grains—which have been shown in studies to help achieve weight loss and lower cholesterol—as well as calcium, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants to address a wide range of diseases.

Milk: Milks fortified with plant stanols, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium with vitamin D can help with heart, brain, and eye health.