Functional beverages meet needs of an aging population

Functional beverages meet needs of an aging population

Nutrition is vital for aging Americans, yet not enough adults get enough of the vitamins and nutrients they need to stay healthy in their later years. Functional beverages like BOOST® have an important niche to fill.

Research shows that more than 40 percent of adults don't meet the recommended daily intake for many vitamins and minerals through diet alone.(1,2) Today, getting the vitamins and minerals needed to help fill these nutritional gaps is even easier with the next generation of BOOST® Complete Nutritional Drink. BOOST® Drink has a delicious taste and an enhanced bottle design, which is grip-friendly, lightweight, and features a no-foil, easy-to-open top. With 26 essential vitamins and minerals, as well as 10 grams of protein per 8 fl oz serving, BOOST® Drink is an effective option to help meet daily nutrient needs.

A recent national consumer taste test of BOOST®Original Chocolate flavor versus the leading chocolate-flavored complete nutritional drink demonstrated that BOOST® Original Chocolate flavor has the preferred taste.

"As we get older, good nutrition is essential to staying strong and active," said Carol Seigel, MS, RD, Head, Medical Affairs Nestle HealthCare Nutrition.

Inadequate intake of nutrients is common in older adults.(3) Adults who have trouble eating enough nutritious foods or are in need of extra nutrition to maintain an active lifestyle can add BOOST® Complete Nutritional Drinks to their diet as a mini-meal or a nutritious snack.

"We listened to our BOOST® users to find out how to make their favorite drink even better," said David Yates, Nestle HealthCare Nutrition Regional Business Head, North America. "This resulted in a delicious taste, a new bottle shape and easy to read package graphics that help explain the nutritional benefits of BOOST® Drink. We are delighted to roll out this next generation product to help meet the nutritional needs of older adults."

BOOST® Drink is great as a mini-meal or snack in three great tasting flavors: Rich Chocolate, Very Vanilla, and Creamy Strawberry. The next generation of BOOST® is now available at retail stores nationwide.

About Nestle Health Science 

Nestle Health Science, through its Nestle HealthCare Nutrition business, offers nutritional solutions for people with specific dietary needs related to illnesses, disease states or the special challenges of different life stages. Nestle Health Science, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestle S.A., became operational on January 1, 2011 and has worldwide headquarters in Lutry, Switzerland.

(1) The Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005. Available from 
(2) Position of the American Dietetic Association: Nutrient Supplementation. J Am Diet Assoc 2009;109:2073-85. 
(3) What We Eat In America, NHANES 2007-2008. 2010; Available from:


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