South Korean government lauds scientific validation of age-friendly food strategy

The study was conducted by the Kyung Hee University Graduate School of East-West Medical Science in collaboration with the Food Industry Promotional Agency of Korea, focusing on 180 seniors with a mean age of 82.7 years.

According to the study authors, long-term consumption of foods designated for the elderly – a category established by South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) in 2017 – resulted in marked improvement in terms of various quality of life areas such as frailty, nutrition and malnutrition.

“154 adults were observed in the intervention group on the elderly diet and 26 in the group on the general diet, and for the former, improvements were observed in various parameters including energy, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium intake,they declared.

“Even after the passage of time, the improvement effects differed significantly between groups [so we can conclude that the provision of foods] corresponding to the physiological needs of the elderly has a great impact on improving their quality of life, and such special consideration is a reasonable way to [benefit] a super-aged society”.

MAFRA responded with the expected exuberance to this update, highlighting that currently a total of 113 products from around 25 companies – including the domestic brands of industry giants Hyundai Green Food, Shinsegae Food and Pulmuone among others – have already been designated as food for the elderly.

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