Give Your Patrons More than Just a Bowl of Soup
Warm and comforting, soup can be very appealing when appetite and desire to eat are compromised, especially for residents of long term care. Our Souper Soup recipes, created by Campbell’s Chefs and Nutritionists, are specifically crafted to meet the needs of residents in your care who need extra calories, protein, and fiber. Campbell’s Souper Soup Recipes are delicious, nourishing, easy to prepare, and affordable to meet the challenges in your long-term care facility.
An 8 oz. cup of Souper Soup provides at least as many calories per 8 oz. serving as a leading nutrition supplement, plus at least 20% more protein1 and is also a good source of fiber. Each variety is full of flavor with under 400 mg of sodium per serving, and each recipe is easy to prepare with a minimal number of ingredients. At $0.68 per serving or less2, Campbell’s Souper Soup recipes are an affordable way to deliver the taste your residents want and the calories, protein, and fiber they need.
1 – Based on a comparison of the calorie, protein, and fiber content of our Souper Soup recipes to Ensure® Original (vanilla), as reported on 10/31/2014 at http://ensure.com/products/ensure-original.
2 – Costs calculated based on average national prices for recipe ingredients. Actual ingredient prices for an individual facility may vary.
Why Souper Soups?
Adequate nutrition is an integral part of health, happiness, independence, quality of life, and physical and mental functioning for residents in your care. Unfortunately, malnutrition is common among those living in long-term care facilities1.
A “food first” approach is often recommended to treat malnourished elderly people2. This approach offers the following benefits:
- The goal of nutritional support is not only nutritional repletion, but also improved quality of life. The process of eating is not simply a physiological need – it fulfills a psychological need, too3.
- For many individuals, real foods provide better stimulation of smell, taste, fullness and satisfaction compared to supplements4.
- Sometimes using supplements isn’t successful due to unpleasant side effects such as low palatability, nausea, diarrhea, leading to noncompliance5.
- Some studies have shown that intake of normal foods is reduced when supplements are given6.
- When supplements are offered, wastage of up to 35% has been reported6.
- Many commercial supplements lack fiber, an important nutrient required to prevent chronic constipation – a condition that affects as many as 50% of the institutionalized elderly7.
1 – Watterson C, Fraser A, Banks M, et al. Evidence based guidelines for nutritional management of malnutrition in adult patients across the continuum of care. Nutr Diet. 2009;66(3 suppl):S1-S34.
2 – Strategies to Improve Nutrition in Elderly People. Best Practice Journal, 2008, 15, 8-15.
3 – ESPEN: The European Society for Clinical Nutritional and Metabolism. Guidelines on adult enteral nutrition. Guidelines and Position Papers. Available from http://www.espen.org/espenguidelines.html
4 – Thomas, B. and Bishop, J. (eds). Manual of Dietetic Practice. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2007.
5 – Kulick, D., Deen, D. Specialized Nutrition Support. American Family Physician, 2011, 83(2): 173-183.
6 – Dunne, J.L., Dahl, W.J. A Novel Solution is needed to Correct Low Nutrient Intakes in Elderly Long-term Care Residents. Nutrition Review, 2007, 65(3), 135-138.
7 – Gallagher, P., O’Mahony, D., & Quigley, E. Management of chronic constipation in the elderly. Drugs Aging, 2008, 25(10), 807-821.