Three key issues surrounding medical beverage offerings
1. Low whey levels
Medical beverages typically contain casein dominant blends or non-dairy proteins to reach high protein levels, therefore patients and elderly are not consuming gold standard protein to support their recovery.
For processors, reaching whey protein levels above 6% in liquid applications is difficult due to issues with viscosity, taste, and texture in the final product.
2. Poor patient experience
Today’s medical beverages are not always enjoyed by patients due to their unfamiliar flavour and thick, viscous texture.
When patients are unwell it is important to consider avoiding taste fatigue with a variety of flavours and formats, but also providing the best quality protein available in a compact way.
3. Limited formats
Patients and elderly may struggle to reach their dietary requirements as a result of the negative effects of illness, medications or ageing.
Concentrated medical beverages are sought to meet the needs of these patients to enable them to efficiently consume essential nutrients. Compliance can be improved by providing a variety of flavours and formats to reach nutrition goals.
This information is intended for B2B customers, suppliers and distributors, and is not intended as information for final consumers.
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