07/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Heston Blumenthal And Scientists Tackling Hospital Food

Hospital food designed to appeal to the taste buds of the elderly has been launched by TV chef Heston Blumenthal and a team of scientists. The celebrity restaurateur is collaborating on a project to improve nutrition on elderly care wards.

As people age their taste buds decline, so food becomes less appealing. The Reading University team has been experimenting with introducing strong flavours from Japanese food into British classics like shepherd's pie.

The long-term goal is to develop a series of recipes that rejuvenate the palate of older diners, and combat malnutrition.

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