Malnourishment is common in older adults, and nutritional supplementation is used to improve body weight and well-being. Clinical reports suggest, however, that patients routinely reject sip-feeds. The present study examined the following questions: whether sip-feeds are less preferred and less likely to be selected than other energy-dense foods in healthy elders; and whether eating alone further reduces intake relative to eating in a social setting.
McAlpine, S. J., Harper, J., McMurdo, M. E. T., Bolton-Smith, C., & Hetherington, M. M. (2003). Nutritional supplementation in older adults: pleasantness, preference and selection of sip-feeds. British Journal of Health Psychology, 8(1), 57-66. https://doi.org/10.1348/135910703762879200