Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have taken a novel approach to tackle cognitive decline in the elderly by baking a brain-boosting cake getting right into the heart of Australian senior care.
Professor Johannes le Coutre, a food and health expert, alongside Professor Kaarin Anstey of UNSW’s Ageing Futures Institute, have partnered with Meals on Wheels NSW to concoct a cake that's as nutritious as it is delicious, specifically tailored to meet the nutritional needs of seniors.
Source: UNSW’s Ageing Futures Institute
This isn't your standard dessert. Dubbed the "brain-friendly cake," it's packed with ingredients proven to aid brain health. The development process, as Prof. le Coutre describes, was uncharted territory. Bridging his expertise in nutrition science with the culinary challenge, the result is a cake that satisfies both the palate and the brain's needs.
Confronted with the reality of cognitive deterioration among senior Australians, the team has been meticulous in their selection of recipe components. They've weaved in beetroot for its neuro-protective benefits enhancing cerebral blood flow, turmeric and olive oil for their Mediterranean diet-inspired brain shielding properties, and blueberries for their rich array of nutrients that support brain oxygenation.
Naturally grown pesticide fruit and vegetables contain health giving nutrients.
Source: Public Domain Senior Couple Eating Greens
Natural sweeteners like honey replace the usual refined sugars, providing anti-inflammatory perks alongside a universally adored vanilla ermine icing.
While each ingredient has individually demonstrated brain health benefits, the combined effect within this culinary creation has yet to undergo clinical evaluation.
Nonetheless, the initiative marks a creative stride towards enriching the diets of the elderly with a touch of nostalgic sweetness.
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