Vegetable finger foods: Preferences among older adults with motoric eating difficulties

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Abstract

Older adults, who have developed motoric eating difficulties as in Parkinson's disease have difficulty consuming foods with common tableware. They may be offered alternative servings developed for eating by their fingers. The present study investigated which kind of vegetables and cooking techniques suited this consumer group in order to accomplish a high level of acceptance. Vegetable preferences in Swedish adults older than 65 years (n = 97) were initially measured by a survey tool followed by digital focus groups. The findings were used to develop vegetable finger foods for older adults with motoric eating difficulties. The vegetable preferences among those with motoric eating difficulties did not differ in comparison to a more general older adult population. Among the vegetables, broccoli, carrot, tomato, cauliflower and red bell pepper were highly appreciated. However, for those with major eating difficulties, the choice of vegetables was restricted to fewer textures, which were more easily processed in the mouth. Vegetables served as snacks, traditionally on the plate, or deep-fried were considered most appropriate as finger foods. Finally, attractive meals for older adults unable to eat with common cutlery should also be accompanied with other nutritive finger foods servings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100528
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalInternational Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science
Volume28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022-Apr-18

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Food Engineering (21101)

Keywords

  • Finger foods
  • Motoric eating difficulties
  • Older adults
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Product development
  • Vegetable preferences

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