Leigh's over 60s increasingly conscious of diet and nutrition
By efisher | Thursday, February 27, 2014, 14:49
As people in Leigh give-up on their New Year diets, new
Minted vegetable selection
research out today reveals that grandparents in the area may be the best people
to go to for healthy eating advice.
The research conducted by home meal delivery service,
Wiltshire Farm Foods, has revealed that 83 per cent of over 60s in the North
West say it's very important to know the nutritional value of their food. In
fact, only one in five people in this age group eat whatever they like without
thinking about the content and more than half regularly check their food
labels. Two fifths of over 60s in the North West believe that a good diet is
important to health and wellbeing.
The research disputes the preconception that older
generations are not as conscious or clued-up about nutrition and diet as their
younger counterparts. However, one in five over 60s also say that conflicting
advice about what constitutes healthy eating does make it difficult to know
what is good or bad.
David Barker, managing director of the Wiltshire Farm Foods
franchise which delivers to residents in Leigh, comments: "This research
demonstrates that people of all ages are becoming more knowledgeable about diet
and nutrition. Of course, eating well is increasingly important in later life,
particularly if your GP has suggested you go on a low salt, low fat or gluten
free diet. Yet generally speaking, we don't think older residents should have
to worry too much– it needn't be complicated or time-consuming – life is for
"At Wiltshire Farm
Foods, we understand what older generations want from their food and that some
people have dietary requirements. That's why all our meals are nutritionally
balanced and nutritional information is easy to signpost on our menu. It makes
it easier for people to eat their favourite foods, while knowing the
nutritional content, leaving them time to do other things. "
Wiltshire Farm Foods offers more than 250 hot meals, snacks
and desserts to residents in Leigh. All meals on the menu have been designed by
the company's resident dietitian to be nutritionally balanced and easy to
prepare. Customers can choose from mini meals through to full size portions, as
well as hearty plates with low fat, low salt, vegetarian and gluten-free
options available too.