I’m speaking with Fabio Parasecoli about his new book, Gastronativism: Food, Identity, Politics, at the Museum of the City of New York at a session chaired by Krishnendu Ray at 6:30 pm. Information is here and the ticketing link is here. This is a preview of the museum’s forthcoming exhibit, Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate (opening September 16) and is co-presented by MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink).
The elderly: a target group for marketing functional foods
That’s me, they are talking about.
As a senior citizen, I am deluged with scam requests to fix my Apple computer (I don’t have one), unblock my Social Security checks (they are fine), and deal with my failure to pay appropriate taxes (I do).
Now I’m the target of sellers of functional foods? Apparently so, says this video.
Functional foods, please recall, are those formulated with added nutrients or other components said to improve health in some way. You can think of them as dietary supplements added to foods.
Like dietary supplements, functional foods don’t have much evidence backing up their health benefits, particularly because they are largely consumed by people who are already healthy.
Do they do anything beneficial for the elderly? Show me the evidence, please (and make sure the studies you show me were not funded by the makers of the products that are supposedly beneficial).
The purpose of functional foods? Marketing, as all of this makes clear.
VIDEO: How to target the ageing consumer: Despite seniors showing a strong interest in functional food and supplements, the number of products launched with senior claims in Europe does not reflect the population which means brands are missing out on a huge market, says Mintel. Read more