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Customized, 3D printed food for elderly and others with swallowing disorders

Scientists together with the food and tech industry, health care and meal providers develop new solutions for a pleasent meal experience and better health for older adults and others with eating related disabilities

3D printed foods can increase the joy of eating for those with in need of dysphagia foods and thereby prevent malnutrition

Aim: improved qulaity of life and decreaed risk of malnutrition

Malnutrition is common in older adults due to loss of appetite, chewing and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) and other age-related conditions that reduces food intake. Malnutrition leads to fatigue and poor quality of life, as well as increased disease prevalence and high health care costs.

Project aim: Improved eating due to attractive and varied dysphagia foods, reflected by reduced malnutrition, improved quality of life and lower health care costs.

Project goal: Develop 3D printing technology and ingredients for printing of novel attractive dysphagia foods as well as customization solutions for individualized meals.

3D printing is an innovative technology in the food sector with unique possibilities for automated production of visually appealing foods with tailored consistency, as well as innovative food structures for increased palatability and variation. 3D printing is a very flexible production method which makes it suitable for product customization.

The innovative concept is to place small, user-friendly 3D printers in commercial kitchens that supply care units with consistency adjusted foods to prepare attractive, adapted and customized dysphagia meals.

 

Contact Information

Evelina Höglund

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden – Agrifood and Bioscience

Göteborg, Sweden

evelina.hoglund@ri.se, +46 10 516 6619