Wiltshire Farm Foods has launched a range of shaped dishes, as part of its new level 5 Minced Meals. The visually enhanced range has been developed in line with the IDDSI framework and comprises the same safe texture for those recommended a level 5 diet by a healthcare professional.
Healthcare professionals play a vital role in ensuring appropriate nutritional needs are being met, as they support their patients with advice on dietary requirements. Otherwise, other serious conditions, such as malnutrition, can arise - a condition currently costing the NHS £2 billion per year, according to NHS England.
Wiltshire Farm Foods are committed to creating dishes with aesthetic appeal to impact positively on appetite. Giving its customers the ability to eat independently ensures dignity in dining, something which the company is passionate about.
The four new meals include: Minced Salmon in Dill Sauce, served with mashed potatoes, broccoli and carrots; Minced Beef Grillsteak in Gravy served with West Country Cheddar mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower; Minced Mixed Vegetables in West Country Cheddar cheese sauce, with mashed potatoes and broccoli and Minced Beef in gravy, served with West Country Cheddar mashed potatoes, broccoli and carrot.
Emily Stuart, Registered Dietitian for Wiltshire Farm Foods, says: “These new shaped dishes have been developed specifically for those with dysphagia. The texture of the main meal components has been designed in line with the requirements for an IDDSI level 5 meal, in an extremely thick sauce or gravy. A level 5 meal should require little to no chewing, ensuring a safe consistency for those on a Minced and Moist diet.”
All the Minced Meals come ready-prepared, delivered directly to customers’ doors, to eliminate the hassle that often accompanies home-blending. There are numerous challenges in creating safe, compliant meals via home blending with the process being both time consuming for carers and potentially hazardous for patients if the correct texture is not achieved. In addition to this, the nutritional content can also be significantly reduced when water is added to liquify the food.
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