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Digitally Supported Dietary Protein Counseling Changes Dietary Protein Intake, Sources, and Distribution in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

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Center of Expertise Urban Vitality, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, 1067 SM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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FrieslandCampina, 3818 LE Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Vrije Universiteit, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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CREATE-IT Applied Research, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, 1091 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam, 1090 GH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Rehabilitation, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, University of Amsterdam, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, VU University, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: Stéphane Walrand
Nutrients 2021, 13(2), 502; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13020502
Received: 17 December 2020 / Revised: 26 January 2021 / Accepted: 29 January 2021 / Published: 3 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exercise and Nutritional Interventions for Older Adults)
Digitally supported dietary counselling may be helpful in increasing the protein intake in combined exercise and nutritional interventions in community-dwelling older adults. To study the effect of this approach, 212 older adults (72.2 ± 6.3 years) were randomised in three groups: control, exercise, or exercise plus dietary counselling. The dietary counselling during the 6-month intervention was a blended approach of face-to-face contacts and videoconferencing, and it was discontinued for a 6-month follow-up. Dietary protein intake, sources, product groups, resulting amino acid intake, and intake per eating occasion were assessed by a 3-day dietary record. The dietary counselling group was able to increase the protein intake by 32% at 6 months, and the intake remained 16% increased at 12 months. Protein intake mainly consisted of animal protein sources: dairy products, followed by fish and meat. This resulted in significantly more intake of essential amino acids, including leucine. The protein intake was distributed evenly over the day, resulting in more meals that reached the protein and leucine targets. Digitally supported dietary counselling was effective in increasing protein intake both per meal and per day in a lifestyle intervention in community-dwelling older adults. This was predominantly achieved by consuming more animal protein sources, particularly dairy products, and especially during breakfast and lunch. View Full-Text
Keywords: ageing; counselling; e-health; nutrition; protein; sarcopenia ageing; counselling; e-health; nutrition; protein; sarcopenia
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van den Helder, J.; Verlaan, S.; Tieland, M.; Scholten, J.; Mehra, S.; Visser, B.; Kröse, B.J.A.; Engelbert, R.H.H.; Weijs, P.J.M. Digitally Supported Dietary Protein Counseling Changes Dietary Protein Intake, Sources, and Distribution in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Nutrients 2021, 13, 502. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13020502

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van den Helder J, Verlaan S, Tieland M, Scholten J, Mehra S, Visser B, Kröse BJA, Engelbert RHH, Weijs PJM. Digitally Supported Dietary Protein Counseling Changes Dietary Protein Intake, Sources, and Distribution in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Nutrients. 2021; 13(2):502. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13020502

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van den Helder, Jantine, Sjors Verlaan, Michael Tieland, Jorinde Scholten, Sumit Mehra, Bart Visser, Ben J. A. Kröse, Raoul H. H. Engelbert, and Peter J. M. Weijs. 2021. "Digitally Supported Dietary Protein Counseling Changes Dietary Protein Intake, Sources, and Distribution in Community-Dwelling Older Adults" Nutrients 13, no. 2: 502. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13020502

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