Unmemorably attractive finger food

Finger foods need not be memorable to be chosen by people whose memories no longer work well, suggests this study:

IPB-logoAttractiveness and consumption of finger foods in elderly Alzheimer’s disease patients,” Virginie Pouyet, Agnès Giboreau, Linda Benattar, Gérard Cuvelier, Food Quality and Preference, epub January 3, 2014. The authors, at Centre de Recherche de l’Institut Paul Bocuse, Ecully, France, at ORPEA, Puteaux, and at AgroParisTech, Massy, France, report:

“Finger foods are helpful for patients with Alzheimer’s disease because they enable them to eat alone with their fingers rather than with cutlery, once this has become too difficult to use…. The aim of our study was to investigate the attractiveness factors of finger foods to Alzheimer’s disease patients…. The results showed that the finger foods with a sauce (vs. no sauce) and with two layers (vs. one layer where all ingredients were mixed) were more frequently chosen first and then consumed. By contrast, the shape (moulded vs. squared) of the finger foods had no significant impact on first choice and food consumption. These findings support the view that Alzheimer’s patients are able to make food choices when offered alternatives.”

Further detail, from  l’Institut Paul Bocuse.

(Thanks to investigator Neil Martin for bringing this to our attention.)