The Contribution of Amino Acids in Umami Foods to Help the Elderly Live Better.
stylediacreativo.com, Jakarta The amino acid glutamate found in umami spices such as Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) has many benefits that are effective in increasing the appetite of the elderly. This increase in interest helps to fulfill good nutrition, which leads to improvements in the physical condition and quality of life of the elderly, which is measured, among other things, from the results of blood tests and biological studies in in the “Elderly Project” study.
PT AJINOMOTO INDONESIA (Ajinomoto) in collaboration with a research team from the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) carried out the “Elderly Project” research under the leadership of Dr. Toto Sudargo, M.Kes, teacher in the Department of Physical Education FK-KMK UGM.
This study aims to determine whether providing a diet high in protein, energy, vitamins and minerals but low in salt, sugar and fat can improve the nutritional status of the elderly which will lead to an increase in their quality of life. This research period was conducted from October 2021 to January 2022, using a purposive sampling method, with research sites at Tresna Werdha Public Service Center (BPSTW) Abiyoso and BPSTW Budi Luhur – Yogyakarta.
The two research sites were selected in addition to being ready to be research sites, the two BPSTWs have never received such a message, and they have a kitchen that can prepare food independently.
According to Dr. In fact, due to age, the hormones that regulate appetite in the elderly decrease, so that it can cause the elderly to experience malnutrition. Malnutrition shows the side effects that can be experienced in many elderly people, namely fatigue and muscle pain.
“The study of the elderly that we carried out with Ajinomoto showed that, after the feeding program was given to the elderly, there was a significant reduction in blood sugar levels. This is shown by the number of elderly men who have HbA1C values in the diabetic group, which is 52.9%, down to 23.5% and an increase in the normal group, with a percentage of 14.7% up to 47.1%,” he said..
He added that nutritional education about the importance of maintaining food such as reducing sugary foods can reduce blood sugar levels.
“Most of the increase in protein was found in groups of older men and women,” said Dr. Totoz