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2864 YLH How to use fortified milk to avoid malnutrition

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Food and fluid are essential to give us the energy and nutrients we need to go about our daily activities, and to keep our bodies functioning. Unfortunately, some people struggle to eat or drink enough.  These include the elderly, people with a poor appetite, those who are currently unwell, or anyone recovering from an illness. This puts them at risk of malnourishment.  Food and fluids that are dense in nutrients are used to prevent, and treat, malnutrition. A really effective and low cost option is fortified milk, sometimes known as enriched milk. It is calorific, high in protein, and easy to make.   Unlike the nutrition drinks available through prescription, fortified milk is simply whole milk with skimmed milk powder added to make it more nutritious. Skimmed milk powder is inexpensive and is available in many supermarkets and stores. To make fortified milk, take a pint of whole milk, and add 4 tablespoons, or 60g, of dried skimmed milk powder. Whisk the milk powder into the milk, until there are no lumps.  Once you have made the fortified milk, it can be used as a substitute for normal milk. For example, it can be used in coffee, cereals, porridge, cooking, packet soups and sauces. Wherever you would usually use milk, simply use fortified milk instead!   One pint of fortified milk provides 600 calories and 40 grams of protein. This is equal to two prescribed nutrition drinks, at a fraction of the cost. It is also a good source of calcium and many milk powders also have added vitamin A and D. You can add milkshake powder to give the drink a flavour if you wish. For those who find the taste of whole milk too rich, or who are concerned about their saturated fat intake, semi-skimmed milk can be used instead. This provides slightly fewer calories, but the same amount of protein as whole milk. In addition to its nutritional benefits, milk has a high water content, meaning it's a great means of keeping hydrated. One pint contributes to roughly half a litre of a person's daily fluid intake.  Fortified milk is easy to use in the home and is a great alternative to prescribed supplements in care homes or inpatient settings. A large batch of fortified milk can be made for all residents or patients who are at risk of, or suffering from, malnutrition. This is one example of food fortification, and further advice about using other common household foods in a similar way is available from your local Nutrition and Dietetics team. If you are concerned about any medical conditions, or food intolerances you may have, please speak to your GP or a Dietitian before consuming fortified milk.

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Posted by: richardwh on Aug 10, 2015

2864 YLH How to use fortified milk to avoid malnutrition

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