This page is for anyone who is responsible for providing nutrition to adults in a work or higher education setting. This may include Universities, workplace canteens and cafes or restaurants.
Adequate and balanced nutrition is important for adults and is often overlooked. Recent trends of overweight and obesity rates have made us aware of the damaging effect that both inadequate and excess nutrition can cause, with our obesity rates in the UK among the highest in Europe. This is primarily a problem because of the increased risk of illness and numerous diseases being overweight can have.
Although excess weight is caused by an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure, it is not just energy that is important. This age group have generally been found to lack micronutrients; vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre. They have also been found to exceed the recommended intake of salt and free sugars. Having the right balance of all nutrients can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.
Identify dishes which are halal, kosher, vegetarian and vegan to ensure that nutritionally balanced menus are provided for those with cultural dietary requirements
Ensure that those requiring inclusion or exclusion of certain foods still receive a nutritionally balanced menu
Label and filter foods by their texture to create menus suitable for older people with Dysphagia and other swallowing difficulties who require a texture-specific diet. Ensure these individuals still receive adequate nutrition
Cater easily for those who are gluten-free or lactose intolerant, as well as those with specific food allergies
The information displayed on this page has been taken from NICE guidelines and government websites