More protein in ice cream, soups to boost seniors' health

HPB plans to work with firms on high-protein foods that aid in retaining muscle, bone mass

The Health Promotion Board hopes that increasing the protein content in soups, porridge and even ice cream and herbal jelly will raise the proportion of older people getting enough protein by 50 per cent.
The Health Promotion Board hopes that increasing the protein content in soups, porridge and even ice cream and herbal jelly will raise the proportion of older people getting enough protein by 50 per cent.PHOTO: ST FILE

Half the seniors in Singapore are not getting enough protein in their diets, increasing their risk of not just fractures, but also of dying.

To increase their intake, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) plans to work with food manufacturers to reformulate products so they contain higher levels of protein to help people aged 50 years and older keep their muscle and bone mass.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2019, with the headline 'More protein in ice cream, soups to boost seniors' health'. Subscribe