Swiss multinational Nestec has received US patent RE037020 for its 'Method for  providing nutrition to elderly patients. The 'inventors' are all US citizens.

Abbott Laboratories is the other group active in this field.

Abstract:

    The present invention provides a method for providing nutrition to elderly patients. Pursuant to the present invention, the enteral composition includes a protein source, a lipid source, and a carbohydrate source. Preferably, the protein source includes at least 18% of the total calories. In an embodiment, the carbohydrate source includes a source of dietary fiber including a balance of soluble to insoluble fiber ratio of approximately 1:3. Still further, the composition of the present invention also includes increased levels of certain vitamins and minerals.

First (of 45) Claim:

A method for providing nutrition to an elderly patient comprising administering to the patient an effective amount of a composition comprising:

    a protein source including at least 18% of the calorie distribution of the composition;
    a carbohydrate source; and
    a lipid source including a mixture of medium and long chain triglycerides;
    and a source of dietary fiber having a soluble fiber to insoluble fiber ratio of approximately 1:4 to 4:1.
By Navroz Havewala, just-food.com correspondent