Today's consumers want to expand their healthy living years, stay active and lead healthier life styles. As concerns in areas such as digestive health, weight management, and heart health intensify, consumers are actively seeking foods that can provide them energy and vitality while improving the nutrient content of their diets.
While healthy lifestyles are important in all stages of life, nations worldwide are facing a rapid change in their demographics, and aging populations are a challenge that science can support. Around the globe today there are more than 962 million people at the age of 60 years or older. And by 2050, there will be more than 2 billion older people globally.
This is a trend occurring in every country on the planet. The aging population phenomenon has impacted many areas of public life, including the health care system, economic growth, the workforce and retirement, and more. The trend has created certain health conditions that are expected to challenge health care providers, including cancer, dementia, increase in the number of falls, obesity, and diabetes. Naturally, this also leads to opportunities for food and beverage manufacturers to introduce new products.