New dietary guidelines for the over 65s were published this month by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
Over 65s are the fastest growing age group in Ireland, having increased by 19% in the 2016 census to some 630,800 people (13.8% of total population).
The 10 nutrients examined with a full set of recommendations are protein, carbohydrate, fibre, fat, B vitamins (folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and riboflavin), vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, iron and zinc.
Older adults need a more protein-dense diet than the general adult population and more calcium. The guidelines indicate that protein and calcium from dairy sources are more bioavailable than those from plant-based sources and so the consumption of dairy is vital to health of older people in Ireland.
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