Melt in your Mouth Snack Bar for People with Swallowing Disorders
What is Dysphagia? It is a term used to describe a variety of swallowing disorders. In healthcare delivering nutritious calorie dense foods to patients with dysphagia is very challenging. 1 in 25 adults suffer from this condition, which makes it hard to get nutrition outside of baby food and pureed meals.
The need for nutritious calorie dense foods that are easy to swallow is there and the private sector is coming to our rescue. A new startup called Nutraphagia is creating a solution, but through snack bars that literally melt in your mouth. This company has created a snack bar called EAT Bars. These snacks consist of a meringue surrounded by a flavored Greek yogurt coating. Developed by speech pathologist Tia Bagan, these new bars are a taste-driven way for those with dysphagia to enjoy a satisfying snack. Speech pathologist Tia Bagan has been working on the meringue bars for at least three years. She got the idea working at nursing homes and hospitals while getting her degree. Many of the patients she attended to had a need for something that “tasted good,” “was calorie dense,” and “melted quickly.” This led to the development of these bars.
The bars contain a meringue interior and a yogurt coating on the exterior, both of which dissolve when they mix with moisture, making it easy for those with dysphagia to eat the bars.
Specific flavors are also created in order to facilitate the bars rapidly dissolving, which is why flavours like Lemon Meringue are so important. According to Bagan, the taste of citrus can help increase saliva generation, which further helps these bars disintegrate.
Flavour is the key ingredient in the EAT Bars because the company’s main focus is to ensure those with dysphagia can enjoy the food. It also creates a snacking occasion they may have not had before. Since three bars translates to a single serving, consumers can feel like they’re enjoying multiple items at once, not just one prepared meal. They can be shared with other family members as well for a more social experience.
For those with dysphagia, it could be huge to just have this ability to eat something outside of the microwave pureed meals they typically have to resort to.
You can find EAT Bars for sale on the company’s website. A pack of 12 bars sells for approx. $21.49 USD.