Mar 23, 2019
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End of Life Nutrition Care

As humans, we eat to give our body nutrients and provide energy in order to be able to carry out daily functions. However, as we age, our hunger and thirst changes throughout life. Ultimately, at the end of life, our body is in the process of shutting down and does not need as much food … [ Read More ]

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Nutritional Adjustments and the Aging Process

Aging is linked to a variety of changes in the body, including muscle loss, thinner skin, and decreased senses. Some of those many changes can lead to nutrient deficiencies while others may affect quality of life. Many older adults don’t need quite as many calories as they used to related to decreased activity and slower … [ Read More ]

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Labeling Food and Date Marking

Storing food properly includes labeling and dating in an efficient method to ensure food is safe to consume and quality is maintained. There are five dates to remember when storing food products. Received Date: A best practice is to date all products when they are delivered to the facility. This is the received date. Remove … [ Read More ]

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Using the Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI is an abbreviation used for body mass index and it is calculated from a person’s height and weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) use BMI to define terms like overweight and obese. Someone who is underweight would have a BMI below 18.5; Normal weight is considered 18.5 to 24.9; Overweight would … [ Read More ]

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Sodium- How much is too much?

Sodium is a chemical element with the symbol Na.  Sodium occurs naturally in most foods and is found as a compound of which sodium chloride or table salt is the most common. Sodium is also added to many food products. Some of these added forms are monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium nitrite, sodium saccharin, baking soda … [ Read More ]

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Weight Changes and Nutritional Challenges in the Elderly

As we age it is normal for our appetites to become decreased. Aging results in a decrease in physical activity and metabolic rate. However, residents in long term care facilities who continue to lose weight can be at a higher mortality rate. According to the Annals of Long-Term Care; physiologic, pathologic, psychologic, and sociologic factors … [ Read More ]

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Thawing Food Properly and Safely

Developing a preparation and thaw guide for production staff provides guidance to ensure a food product is pulled in advance to thaw under refrigeration. Product density will determine the length of time required to completely thaw. Individual meat patties, chicken pieces, ground meat, fish, and liquid eggs thaw in one to two days while meat … [ Read More ]

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Celebrating 25 Years of Nutrition Care Systems by Sharing Wisdom from our Founder, Dorothy Stewart

What was the reasoning behind starting Nutrition Care Systems back in 1993? Nutrition Care Systems was founded to provide long-term care facilities with a service that brought the many aspects of residents’ ‘nutrition care’ into the fold of facility management/corporations. When I began my career as a corporate dietitian, most facilities had to find and … [ Read More ]

Changing Senses

Our senses help us to perceive and enjoy our current environment. The sensation of smell plays a big part in why we love to eat, enjoying the aromas of our foods helps us to look forward to the pleasures of tasting them. As we age so do our senses, and the sensations of smell, olfactory … [ Read More ]

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Lactose Intolerance

Those that are lactose intolerant must be careful when consuming dairy products or they can become bloated, have diarrhea, nausea/vomiting and/or gas. People with this condition lack the enzyme, lactase, which breaks down lactose, the sugar found in milk products. The enzyme lactase is produced, normally, in the small intestine. The symptoms of lactose intolerance … [ Read More ]

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