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Consumption of fruit and vegetables among elderly Irish people in long-term institutionalised care: the ELDERMET project
Power, S.E.; O'Toole, Paul W.; O'Connor, Eibhlís M.; Fitzgerald, G.F.
Fruit and vegetables are an important source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, folate, K and b-carotene (1). High fruit and vegetable consumption may reduce the risk of several chronic diseases, including cancers, CVD, hypertension and stroke(2). The benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption continue into old age. In fact, with advancing age the requirements for some antioxidants may be increased(3). The Irish food-based dietary guidelines therefore recommends consumption of at least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily. The aim of this study was to establish the frequency of consumption of fruit and vegetables within a sample of institutionalised elderly, Irish subjects (n 99; twenty-six men and seventy-three women; aged 66–104 years), who participated in the ELDERMET project. PUBLISHED peer-reviewed
Keyword(s): fruit and vegetables; elderly people; long-term institutionalised care
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Type: Conference item
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Citation(s): Proceedings of the Nutrition Society;70 (OCE3), E116
Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
First Indexed: 2018-04-11 06:25:57 Last Updated: 2018-12-13 06:36:03