Plant-Based Medical Nutrition: Meeting Patient Nutritional Needs and Lifestyle Preferences
Over the past 10 years, there has been a growing interest among the general population in adopting a plantbased diet1. This trend is also manifesting in patients with disease related malnutrition who require medical nutrition treatment (data on file 2021). The interest in plant-based medical nutrition is not only restricted to vegans, but also among patients who would like to increase their consumption of plant-based products for environmental, ethical, or cultural reasons.
Plant-based medical nutrition solutions can offer important choice to patients which can help address patient preferences and values, ultimately helping to improve adherence to nutritional treatment2-4.
Nutritional support can improve functional and clinical outcomes and reduce health care use and can be cost effective5-8. Plant based medical nutrition supports with an unmet need for patients who require a plant based Oral Nutritional Supplement for lifestyle or medical reasons.
Experts within the field highlight the changes currently happening in addressing disease related malnutrition and the importance of meeting patient preferences and values as the current landscape of nutritional care evolves.