This week from 4-8 October, we’re shining a light on malnutrition by publishing a series of blogs in support of Malnutrition Week across Australia and New Zealand in partnership with Dietitian Connection’s awareness campaign – Malnutrition is everybody’s business.
Day #1 we’re kickstarting the week with kryptonite: the solution to malnutrition and food waste in healthcare organisations from recent research allowing healthcare organisations to better support residents living with dysphagia.
It’s a simple equation that needs to be looked at from all perspectives.
The benefit is twofold: diners ate more of their meals and organisations wasted less food which meant healthier residents and a better bottom line for healthcare organisations.
Leading Melbourne Dietitian and Monash PhD candidate Lisa Sossen’s research highlights the consumption difference between two research groups – TMD (Texture Modified Diet) group who were served traditional scoops of food versus mTMD (moulded food group) who were served a reshaped meal from the Textured Concept Foods menu.
The results speak for themselves with 37% of the lunch and/or dinner main meals being fully consumed in the TMD group, while 89% of the meals were fully consumed in the mTMD (moulded) group.
As we know, nutrition only counts when it’s consumed and wastage of food is a pesky hidden cost to organisations.
Interestingly while there is a higher initial cost outlay for commercial texture modified meals, there was less food wastage. From a bottom-line perspective, this is an important commercial cost-saving as residents eat more of their meals (therefore more nutrition is consumed) and less food is wasted.
Overall, it’s a win for resident’s nutrition and overall health and happiness. And it’s certainly a win for healthcare organisations. The initial outlay of purchasing value-added texture modified products is offset at mealtime with less food going to waste as diners consume all of their meals.
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