Sweden to test 3D-printed food in elderly care homes

The innovation could help people with eating difficulties get the required nutrients more easily. File photo: Pontus Lundahl / TT

A new project creating 3D-printed food for elderly care home residents aims to improve residents’ nutrition and overall health by making puréed meals look like the real thing.

Puréed food is a necessity for many older people who have difficulties chewing and swallowing, but it can often look unappetizing. Because of these, people with these medical conditions often end up not eating enough food.

“It’s a really big problem that people who get consistency-adapted food eat too little,” says Evelina Höglund at the research institute Rise, which is behind the project.

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