Protein for healthy ageing
We are involved in a research project that is looking at ways to ensure elderly people get enough protein in their diet - called Protein 4 Life. The aim of the project is to create guidelines on the best way to produce appetising higher-protein foods. We will use our pilot plant facilities to produce higher-protein product samples for consumer trials. The project brings together many universities and companies from across the food industry - reflecting our ethos of bringing together the best partners to deliver what industry needs.
The research, to date, has focused on identifying the optimal level of protein needed in the diet and the type of protein needed to help prevent sarcopenia (degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass).
The project team, so far, have published:
- An industry based report describing challenges and opportunities specific to the product design brief for protein based foods
- An academic review of optimal protein quantity, distribution, sustainable sources and the effect on appetite in ageing adults
To find out more visit the project website - http://research.ncl.ac.uk/proteinforlife/.