You likely think about food in different ways. Sometimes you might look at it as a way to fuel your body, so you have enough energy to make it through your day. At other times, you may see food as a fun complement to a party or family gathering. But did you ever think of food as therapy? Therapeutic foods are prepared foods that provide calories and nutrients in easily-accessible packaging.
Therapeutic foods can be used to supplement the diet of certain populations with special nutritional requirements, such as the elderly. However, these high-energy foods are mainly used to treat malnourished children living in areas were nutrient-rich foods are limited or unavailable. In this lesson, we will discuss the usefulness of therapeutic foods in the fight against childhood malnutrition.