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Allergy-Friendly Ideas for Easter Baskets

Posted 4.14.17 | Nutrition Specialist

Easter is days away and if this is a holiday you celebrate, we want to ensure you have plenty of allergy-friendly holiday ideas! When dealing with food allergies, the Easter bunny has to be especially careful to bring safe, fun treats.

With a bit of creativity, it’s possible to have an exciting holiday for all to enjoy. Here are several ideas for how you can fill an allergy-friendly Easter basket for your little one. Several of these treats can even be done as a fun Easter crafts.

Milk-Free and Egg-Free Treats

If you do decide to include candy in your Easter baskets, we recommend referring to Kids With Food Allergies’updated list of allergy-safe candies.

Just because your little one has dietary restrictions, doesn’t mean they can’t indulge!

Allergen-Free Cupcakes

Gluten-free, allergen-free AND vegan cupcake recipe from cookbook author, mom and food-allergic person, Cybele Pascal.

Egg-Free Decorating

Traditions are part of what make holidays so exciting, and we know how much kids can enjoy arts and crafts. If you live in an egg-free home, there are alternatives for egg decorating that you can explore to make sure that your children have the full “holiday experience.”

Several families use plastic Easter eggs for decoration, while others may defer to ceramic options. With these faux-egg choices, you can ensure that your children get to safely enjoy the little traditions, without feeling left out.

Easter Crafts

Another fun way to have the whole family involved in Easter activities is to encourage craft making! By keeping little ones busy with some of these artsy options, you can establish new customs for your family to follow each year.

If you’re interested in a chick-themed Easter, you can craft hatching chicks with some egg cartons, or reuse wine corks to make chick designs on paper!

Paper Bunny

For many children, the Easter Bunny is the most popular figure of the holiday. Why not create your own Easter bunny with kids using a bit of paper and  glue? Check out this super adorable craft idea from Andreja from Easy Peasy and Fun.

http://www.easypeasyandfun.com/easy-paper-bunny-craft/

Funny Bunnies

How adorable are these little guys!? We can’t stand the cuteness. If you have a bit more time this weekend and are looking for ways to use a brand new cutter/stamper, this might be the perfect project for you.

Easy Bunny Treat Cups

Don’t have a lot of free time for a craft project but still want to do something? Check this fun cup decorating idea from Keri. It’s sure to make any snack ready for your festivities.

Bunny Mask

It wouldn’t be Easter without a cute bunny! Create an easy bunny mask that the kids will love to make and play with.

Easter Chick Craft

A fun handprint craft idea from a stay-at-home mom that your whole family will enjoy. You can even give these out as a party gift!

Easter Mason Jars

What kind of list would this be if we didn’t include at least one Mason jar project?! 

For more fun Easter basket ideas, check out our Neocate Pinterest page. We have an entire board dedicated to Spring/Easter where you will find more crafts and allergy-friendly recipes.

BONUS!

If you are looking for a fun allergy-friendly activity you can do this weekend, check out 6 Allergy-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt ideas.

Regardless of your preferences, there are plenty of options for crafts for families to enjoy. We would love to see what you and your family come up with. Don't forget to share your holiday traditions with us on our Facebook page

 


New Neocate Footsteps Recipe Book For Easy Allergen-Free Cooking

Posted 4.11.17 | Nutrition Specialist

Who loves new food allergy-friendly recipes? This is why we are excited to announce the release of the Neocate Footsteps Recipe Book! In this recipe book, we have included some of our popular recipes as well as brand new ones developed having you in mind. We hope that this book will be a valuable resource for families of children with food allergies and help make mealtime a little bit easier for everyone. As a reminder, please check each recipe to be sure all ingredients are safe for your child and if you have any questions or concerns please consult your physician.

Download New Footsteps Recipe Book

Want to get a sneak peak, before downloading the recipe book? Here is one of our favorite recipes:

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce 

Neocate Junior, unflavored is used in preparation of this recipe. Adding Neocate to food is easy, fast and safe. It can also help you or your child to tolerate other foods better. When cooking with Neocate, be sure to let very hot foods cool down a little before adding Neocate and not to reheat dishes prepared with Neocate.

What you need:

  • ⅓ cup ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp preferred bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • Pinch Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp tomato purée or tomato ketchup
  • 1 scoop Neocate Junior, Unflavored

Directions:

  • Make the meatballs by combining the first five ingredients in a bowl or food processor.
  • Divide into six small, even pieces. Squeeze each tightly and roll into small balls.
  • Heat the oil in a wide pan. Fry the balls until browned. Remove meatballs to a plate.
  • Sautée the onion in the same pan until soft.
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes and purée/paste.
  • Stir thoroughly. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the Neocate Junior until thoroughly mixed.
  • Serve with the meatballs.

If you've tried any of these recipes, let us know what you think?  And if you have any creative recipes that help you incorporate Neocate, we love to hear from you as well.


New Dairy-Free Recipe - Sweet Potato & Chicken Casserole

Posted 4.4.17 | Nutrition Specialist

When you or a loved one is on a severely restricted diet due to food allergies or related conditions, the diet can become very boring, very fast. Multiple flavors of Neocate helps in making meal time more fun and enjoyable. But even those can be routine sometimes. This is why we are excited to announce the release of new recipes this spring… Here is the first recipe for you to try and enjoy!

Sweet Potato & Chicken Casserole

Neocate Junior, unflavored is used in preparation of this recipe. Adding Neocate to food is easy, fast and safe. It can also help you or your child to tolerate other foods better. When cooking with Neocate, be sure to let very hot foods cool down a little before adding Neocate and not to reheat dishes prepared with Neocate.

What you need:

  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • ⅓ cup ground chicken
  • 3 Tbsp finely chopped or grated onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped or grated carrot
  • 1 small mushroom, finely chopped
  • 2 fl oz low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp dairy-free spread
  • 2 Tbsp preferred bread crumbs
  • 2 scoops Neocate Junior, Unflavored

Directions:

  • Place sweet potato in small saucepan with water to cover, bring to a boil. Simmer until soft.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil and brown the chicken, stirring occasionally and breaking apart.
  • Add the onions, carrots and mushrooms and cook for 5-10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened and starting to brown.
  • Add the stock and bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Cool slightly and stir in one scoop of Neocate Junior.
  • Pour the water off to drain the sweet potato in the saucepan.
  • Add the dairy-free spread and mash until smooth with a masher or fork.
  • Stir in the remaining scoop of Neocate Junior to the sweet potato.
  • Spoon the chicken mixture into a small ovenproof dish. Top with the mashed sweet potato.
  • Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and brown under the broiler.

But wait, there's more!

You might ask how soon you can access more recipes. Well, we’ve got you covered. We have just added 6 more new recipes to our Neocate Footsteps app.

Download the app today (available on iTunes Only)

Bon Appétit!


What does Hypoallergenic Mean?

Posted 3.30.17 | Nutrition Specialist

Most consumers today believe that a product labeled as hypoallergenic will not cause an allergic reaction, but is this really true?

Let’s start with the basics. The technical definition of “hypoallergenic” is that a product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction, or will cause fewer allergic reactions. There are few federal standards that regulate the use of this term for consumer goods. For many products, like cosmetics, the term “hypoallergenic” may be used without ANY evidence or support. Some companies will use certain tests for a product to support that it’s hypoallergenic.

For infant formulas, however, you can rest assured that the term “hypoallergenic” can ONLY be used when certain criteria are met.

What is a Hypoallergenic Infant Formula?

When it comes to infant formulas, based on calls our nutrition specialists receive on a regular basis, many people think the term hypoallergenic means the product is totally void of any and all things that could trigger an allergic reaction. The reality is a bit more complex.

For an infant formula to claim hypoallergenicity it needs to go through study in a clinical trial. The requirements have been based on recommendations by the According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). According to the AAP, a hypoallergenic infant formula must:

  • Be studied in a clinical trial
  • Be studied in patients with documented cow milk allergy
  • Have been shown to be tolerated by at least 90% of the patients

“Tolerated” means that the formula did not cause an allergic reaction, or that those with cow milk allergy did not have defined symptoms, such as hives, anaphylaxis, or other symptoms of a food allergy.  Only infant formulas made with free amino acids – like Neocate – or extensively hydrolyzed protein, also called peptides, have met the necessary criteria in these studies and can be classified as hypoallergenic. 

Other infant formulas are NOT hypoallergenic. These include formulas made with whole dairy protein, formulas made with soy protein, and formulas made with partially hydrolyzed protein. (Hydrolyzed protein comes from dairy protein, but partially hydrolyzed protein is not broken down as much as extensively hydrolyzed protein.)

Difference Between a Hydrolyzed Formula and Amino Acid-Based Formula

Hydrolyzed formulas are made using protein from dairy, but the milk proteins in those formulas have been broken down into smaller fragments. The body’s immune system may not detect the smaller protein fragments as being an allergen. In some patients with a cow milk allergy, the body still reacts to the protein fragments in extensively hydrolyzed formula, resulting in allergic reactions.

Amino acid-based formulas, which used to be called elemental formulas, use only amino acids as the source of protein. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and are too small for the body to recognize as being foreign. They are the least allergenic form of protein.

To help you visualize the difference between these two types of formulas, picture a pearl necklace. In this example our necklace represents the strand of amino acids that make a protein.  If you take the necklace and break it into smaller length strands where several pearls are connected, this would look like the peptides used in partially-hydrolyzed formulas. Even shorter strands of a few pearls will look like the smaller peptides used in an extensively hydrolyzed formula.

If you start with individual pearls, then you have a visual example of an amino acid-based formula. In an amino acid-based formula like Neocate, none of the amino acids are attached to each other. In Neocate, the amino acids are NOT derived from dairy protein. The amino acids in Neocate are synthetic, meaning they’re not derived from meat. Most of them are made from plant sugars, and some are completely synthetic.

Here’s another way to look at infant formulas and their potential for triggering an allergic reaction:

Can a Child React to a Hypoallergenic Infant Formula?

It is possible for a child with food allergies react to formulas made with hydrolyzed protein, or peptides. Amino acid-based formulas, on the other hand, are the least allergenic type of formula, meaning they’re least likely to cause a food allergy reaction.

While two types of infant formulas can claim to be hypoallergenic, based on the information above you can see that the term alone doesn’t guarantee that there will NOT be an allergic reaction. It’s important to look at your child’s individual case and discuss with your healthcare professional the type of hypoallergenic formula – amino acid-based or extensively hydrolyzed - that would best fit your needs.

Here are some additional resources that can be helpful if you are currently evaluating various formula types


How can finding “flavor fit” make a difference in elemental diet?

Posted 3.23.17 | Nutrition Specialist


Do you have a favorite song? You know the one that makes your day if you hear it on the radio. Now think, what about that particular song that makes it your favorite? Is it the lyrics, the beat, the emotion it evokes, or all the above?

Just like your taste in music is unique to your experiences and how you interpret the world, flavor preferences follow suit. When it comes to flavors, the one you decide to be your favorite depends on a variety of factors unique to you.

When you or a loved one is on a severely restricted diet due to food allergies or related conditions, limited options in the diet can make finding a favorite flavor a bit difficult. At Nutricia, we are constantly working to help you explore new ways to make meal time interesting and provide access to ways you can experience new flavors. Our family of products provides more inviting flavor and texture options than anyone else. We talk to families and parents every day for whom Neocate is the sole or primary source of nutrition for a loved one, and for many of them the flavor and form options offered by Neocate has made a difference!

Here’s why having options to find your “flavor fit” is important:

Taste is personal and unique to every person

Taste preferences are strongly influenced by innate factors and can be changed by experience. Natural preferences for various flavors change developmentally as infants and children grow. The preferences for specific flavors are determined by innate/inborn factors, environmental influences, learnings, and a combination of these factors; making each individual unique.  

Flavor Options Help Influence Preferences

Experiences and exposure to various flavors and textures help to shape preferences as children grow, and we at Nutricia are striving to offer opportunities for those on elemental, or amino acid-based, diets gain such experiences. Did you know Neocate is the only amino acid-based formula available with 10 options to choose from for individuals one year and older?

Be Curious: Explore and find your flavor fit

Moms, dads and other caregivers know that keeping kids on the special diets that require Neocate isn't always easy, especially as they grow and see other children enjoying more variety at the dinner table. When it comes to an elimination diet, having more than one flavor option lessens the “boredom effect” that may happen when only a single flavor is used long term. No matter how long you or your child needs an amino acid-based formula for nutritional support, Neocate offers the greatest flavor variety.

Just like their favorite song, your loved ones have the option to pick a favorite flavor with Neocate.   

Here’s a rundown of the available Neocate flavor options:

We want you to be able to find one that works best for you and your child! In some cases, you may be able to use a few flavors to help with variety. Some parents have even told us they were able to find their child’s favorite flavor by combining Neocate Junior flavors to make delicious Vanilla and Strawberry drinks.

Additional helpful resources if you are considering trying Neocate flavors:


Around The World in 60 Days Challenge - Help us help Children’s Medical Nutrition Alliance

Posted 3.15.17 | Nutrition Specialist

There are thousands of children in the United States with allergic or rare metabolic conditions that struggle every day because they are unable to eat the same foods as everyone else. We are asking you to sponsor an organization that helps these children get the specialized medical nutrition that they need in order to grow and develop.

Inadequate & Uneven Coverage is Just One Of the Many Barriers to Medical Foods Access

As you may know, specialized medical nutrition, like Neocate, is recommended and prescribed by pediatric doctors as an important part of managing early childhood disease. However, often times the important products that families need are not entirely covered by insurances. The families of these children face many worries and an enormous burden trying to ensure their children can eat without pain and develop normally.

This is where Children’s Medical Nutrition Alliance (CMNuA) comes in. CMNuA is a 501[c]3 non-profit organization that supports families in covering a major part of their expenses with medical nutrition in those cases where the child’s insurance is unable to help. The money they use to help these families comes from financial donations and fundraising events.

CMNuA empowers, educates, assists, advocates for and supports ALL patients who require medical nutrition. In doing so, CMNuA has created the first-ever national coalition dedicated to enhancing the lives of all patients in need of medical nutrition regardless of their underlying condition.

 

 

Around The World in 60 Days Challenge

At Nutricia, the makers of Neocate, we understand the struggles these families go through and how necessary CMNuA is for them. That is why this year we have challenged ourselves to virtually Walk Around the World in 60 days (#ATW60D) in support of CMNuA. The challenge will require our team to collectively walk 25,000 miles in 60 days. Nutricia North America will donate $10,000 to CMNuA if the goal is met! Our challenge starts March 15th and will continue until May 10th 2017.

The virtual walk will be divided into 4 phases. We will track our progress via fitness trackers and will report on them over the coming weeks:

Will You Join Us?

Help CMNuA by sponsoring the challenge! Join us in supporting these families with a gift to CMNuA and have your donation doubled by Nutricia. Every dollar counts for this incredible non-profit organization. Nutricia North America pledges to match external donations up to $3,000.

Donate Today!

Thank you for your consideration and for helping the children supported by CMNuA. Stay tuned as we will be updating our progress on #ATW60D over the next 60 days!

Week 2 Update (March 15 - March 29)

Oi! Bem-vindo a São Paulo, Brasil! Hi! Welcome to São Paulo, Brazil! We have now walked a total of 16.874.240 steps since we started.With the successful completion of phase 1 we have also unlocked the first $2.500 donation to CMNuA from Nutricia! On top of that we have continued to see donations come in from other sources, which is great! Thank you all for sharing the word! 

Week 3 Update (March 29 - April 4)

 
Bonjour! We have entered phase 2 of our virtual walk around the world. We are currently in France, soon to be walking through The Netherlands – over halfway to our phase two destination, Moscow! We have walked a total of 25,685,996 steps and completed 38% of our virtual journey. Some fun facts:
  • This week we have taken over 8.8 million steps
  • On average our team is walking 9.6 thousand steps per day per stepper
  • Countries we've walked through on the way: Senegal, Maurita, Algeria and Spain

Don't foget to keep spreading the word and helping our team to raise funds!  Donate Today!


Celebrating Motherhood on International Women’s Day 2017: #BeBoldForChange

Posted 3.8.17 | Nutrition Specialist

In 1977, the United Nations officially proclaimed March 8 International Women’s Day. Although observances celebrating women are not new, the designation of this day marked a global shift in recognition of women’s contributions to our world. Today, we join in celebration of women all over the world and ask you to join us to be #BeBoldForChange.

 

This year’s #BeBoldForChange campaign calls on individuals to help forge a better working world; a more inclusive, gender-equal world. In 2016, leaders around the world pledged to take actions as champions of gender parity. This year’s campaign encourages women everywhere to join these world leaders to serve as change agents in their communities.  

 

So what does being bold for change really mean? Many parents in the food allergy community are well aware of what being a bold advocate entails. Many of us act as our own advocates! Being a parent means that we create change by setting examples for our children.  For International Women’s Day, start the conversation in your home about gender equality.

 

While we continue to consider how we can be bold in 2017, we honor incredible mothers who continue to empower women around the world by sharing a few of their quotes:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learn more about how you can #BeBoldForChange by visiting the official website for International Women’s Day 2017.

Patient Perspectives – Teddy’s Feeding Tube Journey of Hope

Posted 2.28.17 | Nutrition Specialist

My first and only child, Teddy, turns 7 next week, and two months after that we mark his 7 year “tubieversary.” He was born full term but aspirated meconium during delivery and was in the NICU for two months for respiratory distress and failure to thrive. It was there that he started his tube feeding journey, first with a nasogastric tube and then with a g-tube shortly before coming home. Those first days, months, years, were hard. So, so hard. He vomited with every feed, around the clock. The parting words of one of the NICU doctors rang in my ears: Don’t let him aspirate, he’ll die. Teddy was not aspirating, but I was terrified. I was drowning.

I was desperate to make the vomiting stop, for both of our sakes. We tried all sorts of different formulas, different methods of feeding, different rates, and volumes. Nothing really worked, and I was largely on my own to figure it out. Teddy’s gastroenterologist would use words that I’d never heard, like “bolus feeding.” I was too embarrassed to admit I didn’t know what she was talking about, and too sleep-deprived to realize that being embarrassed was silly. The online parents’ group that eventually turned into the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation was my main source of knowledge and information, the voices of wisdom and experience filled in all the gaps that the doctors and medical staff couldn’t. Until you have a child at home with a feeding tube, it’s nearly impossible to know the day to day realities and how to navigate them (mostly) successfully.

The vomiting got a little better when Teddy was 9 months old and his new GI doctor put him on an amino acid-based formula, but it didn’t get truly better for another 12 months, and has continued periodically to this day.  Teddy was diagnosed with multiple food allergies when he was a year old, and at 18 months he was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). He remains on an amino acid formula that he chooses to drink at school and be fed by tube at home. He has very few safe foods, though we are always working to find new foods that will be safe for him. The social and emotional impact of having such a restricted diet is hard for him, but we read a lot of books about kids with food allergies and talk about how to manage when he feels sad or mad about it. School events that involve food are particularly hard on him.

Life with a g-tube does sometimes require troubleshooting and work arounds, of course. Swimming happens in well chlorinated pools or the ocean, not small lakes or ponds. One piece pajamas all have holes cut into the sides to thread the tube through for night feeding. At the first sign of feeding intolerance, I’m right there with a 60cc syringe to vent out any gas. It is nerve-wracking to know that in an emergency I can’t just grab some food and keep him alive, but I plan carefully to always have some emergency backups of formula and supplies on hand.

I have tried to instill in Teddy that his tube is nothing to hide or be ashamed of, it’s just another part of him and it is what helps him grow and be healthy. Most importantly to him, it’s how he has the energy to swim, dance, do karate, jump over puddles, and build Lego sets. When I first heard that he was getting a g-tube, nonchalantly mentioned by yet another NICU doctor, I was devastated. I didn’t know that children could even get feeding tubes before Teddy was born. I didn’t fight the decision to place a feeding tube; the doctors were clear that if I wanted him discharged, he needed a g-tube. I revisited that decision over and over, unsure if it really was the right choice. Once he was diagnosed with EoE and it became clear that formula would be a huge part of his diet for the foreseeable future, I made peace with the decision. Once I realized how easy hydration during illness and giving medication is with a g-tube, I very quickly went from acceptance to love.

The support and knowledge of the thousands of experienced parents that participate on the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation’s Facebook page is invaluable.  The willingness to share hard-earned knowledge with other parents, in a supportive and kind environment is a life-saver for me and for so many others. Life with a medically complex child is not easy, but it is so much easier with the right support. I’m so proud of my “tubie”.

~ Stephanie McDowell

Today’s blog post comes from Stephanie McDowell. Stephanie is the Director of Resources of Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (www.feedingtubeawareness.org). The organization’s facebook page has more than 45,000 followers and acts as a Q&A forum and place for information sharing. (https://www.facebook.com/FeedingTubeAwareness).


Carbohydrates in Neocate

Posted 2.21.17 | Nutrition Specialist


The Neocate Nutrition Services team of dietitians gets lots of questions every day from parents who want to know more about Neocate, what it is, and how it can help their little ones. But as many of us do with a lot of our food, some parents have questions about the unique ingredients that make Neocate so special. The ingredients in Neocate - especially the amino acids - make us unique among formulas! In this post, we are going to answer some of the frequent questions we receive about the carbohydrates used in Neocate products.

Why do you use carbohydrates in Neocate?

Carbohydrates are one of the main nutrients our bodies need to grow and thrive. Carbohydrates include most fibers, starches, and sugars, and most of the carbohydrates in our diets come from plants. (Did you know? Glucose - a type of sugar - is the main energy source for the human brain!) In short, we include carbohydrates because they're necessary.

Some Neocate products contain prebiotics, which are carbohydrates that we (humans) can't digest, but that some of our good gut bacteria can digest. Prebiotics can help to support digestive health. Learn more about prebiotics.

See the table below for the various sources of carbohydrates in Neocate products. Here are the main reasons for including them:

  • Corn syrup solids - as a source of carbohydrate
  • Maltodextrin (from corn) - as a source of carbohydrate
  • Fructooligosaccharides - as a source of prebiotic
  • Inulin - as a source of prebiotic
  • Rice starch - as a natural thickener
  • Sugar - for sweetness

If you have questions around the use of corn syrup solids in nutritional formulas like Neocate, please read over our Corn Allergy 101 blog post, which explains that these are highly refined in a multi-step process designed to remove protein.

What is the sugar content of Neocate products?

To answer this question, let's first dive into a quick review of what sugars are. "Sugars" describe carbohydrate molecules that are one unit (monosaccharide) or two units (disaccharide) long. These are also called simple sugars, and include glucose and sucrose. Simple sugars are digested and absorbed easily and fairly quickly. Starches, which are longer carbohydrate molecules, are digested and absorbed more slowly.

There are two ways to classify sugars when looking at sugar content of a food, beverage, or nutritional formula. "Total sugars" describes all of the sugars in a product, including sugars that come from main sources of carbohydrates. For example, corn syrup solids are mostly starch, with a small amount of naturally present mono- and disaccharides. Total sugars also includes added sugars. "Added sugars" are sugars that are added to the food, usually to provide some sweetness.

This table shows you, per 100 calories, how many grams of total sugars and how many grams of added sugars each Neocate product contains. (For infant formula, 100 calories is 5 fluid ounces; for Neocate Junior and Splash formulas, 100 calories is 3.3 fluid ounces)

Neocate Product

Carbohydrate 
source(s)

Total Sugars
(per 100 calories)
Added Sugars
(per 100 calories)
Neocate Syneo Infant
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Fructooligosaccharides (prebiotic)
  • Inulin (prebiotic)
0.95 g None
Neocate Infant
DHA/ARA
  • Corn Syrup Solids
0.97 g None
Neocate Nutra
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Rice Starch
  • Sugar
2.6 g 1.9 g
Neocate Junior,
Unflavored
  • Corn Syrup Solids
0.94 g None
Neocate Junior
with Prebiotics,
Unflavored
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Fructooligosaccharides (prebiotic)
  • Inulin (prebiotic)
0.91 g None
Neocate Splash,
Unflavored
  • Maltodextrin (from corn)
  • Sugar
5.2 g 5.0 g
Neocate Junior,
Tropical
  • Corn Syrup Solids
0.93 g None
Neocate Junior,
Chocolate
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Sugar
1.9 g 1.1 g
Neocate Junior
with Prebiotics,
Vanilla
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Sugar
  • Fructooligosaccharides (prebiotic)
  • Inulin (prebiotic)
2.4 g 1.6 g

Neocate Junior
with Prebiotics,
Strawberry

  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Sugar
  • Fructooligosaccharides (prebiotic)
  • Inulin (prebiotic)
2.4 g 1.6 g
Neocate E028 Splash,
Grape
  • Maltodextrin (from corn)
  • Sugar
4.9 g 4.3 g
Neocate E028 Splash,
Orange-Pineapple
  • Maltodextrin (from corn)
  • Sugar
  • Corn Syrup Solids
5.2 g 4.7 g
Neocate E028 Splash,
Tropical Fruit
  • Maltodextrin (from corn)
  • Sugar
5.2 g 4.7 g

Why do you add sugars to some Neocate products?

Unlike other formulas, amino acid-based formulas that are plain, or unflavored, can seem bitter or sour. (Infants don't seem to notice this as much.) This is due to the use of amino acids - which are 100% non-allergenic, as the protein source. To help make the formulas taste great, our product team works with artificial flavors to improve the taste. For the products that have flavors added, sugar and/or artificial sweeteners can help to balance out the flavor to taste its best.

Some parents wonder if we really need to use sugars or artificial sweeteners at all. For now we have to say 'yes, we do.' Why? Without them, the flavors simply wouldn't work. Without an artificial sweetener, the amount of sugar needed to reach a balanced flavor profile would be extremely high, and exceed recommendations. The artificial sweeteners we use are safe and approved, and we only use one for each product (one that works well with the flavor). For children whose parents seek a product without any artificial sweeteners there are several options, and we have one flavored Neocate product with no added sugars, Tropical Neocate Junior.

This table shows you which Neocate products contain an artificial sweetener and, if so, which sweetener:

Neocate Product Artificial Sweetener
Neocate Syneo Infant None
Neocate Infant DHA/ARA None
Neocate Nutra None
Neocate Junior, Unflavored None
Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Unflavored None
Neocate Splash, Unflavored None
Neocate Junior, Tropical Acesulfame Potassium
Neocate Junior, Chocolate Sucralose
Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla Sucralose
Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Strawberry Sucralose
Neocate E028 Splash, Grape Acesulfame Potassium
Neocate E028 Splash, Orange-Pineapple Acesulfame Potassium
Neocate E028 Splash, Tropical Fruit Acesulfame Potassium

 

We hope this information is helpful!

-Rob McCandlish, RDN


#TealLove Valentine’s Day 2017

Posted 2.14.17 | Irina Kabigting


Happy 1521st Valentine’s Day! As everyone around the country celebrates, we would like to help bring awareness to a new movement started by KidsWithFoodAllergies.org to help spread awareness and encourage inclusiveness around celebrating Valentine's Day. How does it work? Similar to the #TealPumpkin project for Halloween, the #TealLove movement encourages non-food gifts and treats to be exchanged for Valentine’s Day.

Learn more about #TealLove

And while some classrooms are encouraged to cut back on sharing candy or bringing baked goods to share, if you are looking for tips on how to start a conversation with your school about food allergies, here are some great tips shared by Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team:

For additional safety tips on preparing food, hosting parties or giving gifts, read through Celebrating Valentine’s Day Safely Tips.

If you need inspiration today for allergy-friendly treats that help incorporate Neocate products, use the link below to view recipes to make:

  • Neocate Chocolate-Raisin Taffy Treats
  • Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie
  • Neocate Chocolate Nutra Pudding
  • Neocate Junior Brownie Bites Recipe
  • Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Slushy
  • Strawberry and Apple Nutra Popsicles
  • Neocate “Strawberries & Crème”
  • “Chocolate Covered Strawberries”

21 Allergy-Friendly Recipes and Activities to do this Valentine’s Day



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Food Allergy Living is a resource for parents of children with food allergies, brought to you by Nutricia, the makers of Neocate. For more in-depth information about our purpose & authors, see our About Food Allergy Living page.