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Ontario Farms, Food Highlighted In New Seniors’ Resource

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From FCC Express

By Owen Roberts

A University of Guelph human health and nutritional sciences researcher has teamed up with Ontario farm groups, healthy aging experts and the province to create an online recipe resource for citizens 60 years of age and older.

The resource, unveiled this week at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, is designed to bring older consumers and Ontario food closer together. Besides recipes, it contains information about the way food is grown and how Ontario farms provide it. It was compiled by Alison Duncan, the registered dietician.

“The intent of this project was to create a resource that would showcase the links between agriculture, food and healthy aging, while providing older adults with a tool they would enjoy using,” Duncan says.

The resource contains 52 recipes – breakfasts, sides, mains, salads and desserts, among them – each of which make mention of recipe-specific farm facts, nutrition facts, cooking tips, or testimonials from older adults or farmers.

And it’s all Ontario based.

“Ontario’s agriculture, food and health sectors can help improve the health and wellbeing of older adults, through the innovative use of food,” says Duncan.

She adds the content of the recipe resource is evidence-based, with complete scientific references available to support the information presented.

Duncan’s research showed older adults crave simple recipes with familiar ingredients. They like many photos and a larger font size, with clear instructions. And they seldom cook for more than one person.

The resource will be released early in the New Year, when the production is finished.

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