Protein malnutrition is a growing challenge for elderly in general and among elderly with chronic diseases. It affects morbidity and mortality in a number of ways and results in decreasing quality of life for the elderly and increasing health care costs for the society.
Whey protein is considered one of the highest quality dietary proteins. The amino acid profile of whey protein fully covers, and even exceeds the human requirements for essential amino acids according to the requirements set by the Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization FAO/WHO. Whey protein furthermore has a very high digestibility and is therefore very suitable to help prevent protein malnutrition.