Through its research work, NU-AGE will seek to fill the current lack of knowledge on how the whole diet can impact on and counteract age-related disease and functional decline. This will contribute to improved health and quality of life in the ageing population in Europe.
NU-AGE starts by designing a food pyramid for those over 65 years old. This will be developed from food based dietary guidelines, illustrating the proportions of different foods that should be included in a balanced diet. The NU-AGE food pyramid will be designed to meet the nutritional needs of the elderly by emphasising nutrient-density, water, dietary fibre, vitamin D and vitamin B12.