As part of the partnership, Nutricia and the Alicia Foundation organized The Chefs Council, a group of culinary and health care experts committed to standardizing food preparation for patients with dysphagia.
Accommodating Changing Tastes
While safely eating and drinking are huge feats for some, tasting the food and beverages can be an incredible bonus. For patients whose senses have been altered due to medications or treatments, restoring taste can be crucial to their wellbeing.
That’s why the effective management of dysgeusia, a condition that distorts the perception of taste is another priority for Nutricia. Dysgeusia typically afflicts cancer patients and can lead to malnutrition at a time when a nutrient-dense diet is particularly vital.
Through cutting-edge research, product development and a partnership with HungerNdThirst Foundation, Danone Nutricia Research is researching non-pharmacological measures to effectively manage this condition. For HungerNdThirst’s founder, Robert Greene, it’s a mission that carries special significance as a cancer survivor himself.
“I struggled with taste changes caused by the cancer and the chemotherapy. The metallic taste affected the way I felt and took away all joy of eating,” Greene said. “With Danone Nutricia Research, I found a partner to join forces with in combatting nutritional challenges and improving the quality of life of cancer patients.”