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Innovation in healthy and sustainable food product development for health and aged care: a scoping review


Porter, J and Cook, N and Coorey, R and Gunasekera, D and Hensher, M and Kerr, DA and Pollard, CM and Yoong, S and Dykes, G and Lawerence, M, Innovation in healthy and sustainable food product development for health and aged care: a scoping review, Foods, 11, (22) Article 3604. ISSN 2304-8158 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3390/foods11223604


Population ageing and climate change are issues of global concern. Subsequently, the need for healthy and sustainable food systems to meet the increasing demands for health and aged care is evident. This review aimed to systematically identify studies reporting new or innovative foods, drinks and snack products in health and aged care, and describe health and environmental sustainability considerations where reported. Methods were guided by the Joanna Briggs Institute guidelines for scoping reviews and reported against the PRISMA-ScR guidelines. Eligible studies were conducted in an inpatient healthcare setting or aged care facility where a new or innovative food, drink or snack product was evaluated with outcomes of product use, acceptability, cost, appropriateness for the population, and clinical or environmental sustainability outcomes in the last decade. Three databases were searched using a replicable strategy, with five publications of four studies included in the final library. Product innovations were led at the facility level and included testing dewaxed brown rice, talbinah, and an apple/pear juice fibre solution. Results suggest that food industry suppliers are operating in parallel with foodservices within hospital and aged care. Future intersection would be transformative for both industry sectors.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Food; innovation; aged care; health care; sustainability
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Food sciences
Research Field:Food sustainability
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Consumption patterns, population issues and the environment
UTAS Author:Hensher, M (Professor Martin Hensher)
ID Code:154355
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-11-25
Last Modified:2022-12-07

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