Flavoring Elemental formulas


Posted 1.26.12 | Christine Graham-Garo

We often get questions from parents about flavoring elemental formulas, such as Neocate Junior, Unflavored. Before I dive into this, I want to be clear; when I refer to flavoring a formula I am referring to formulas for children ages 1 and over. We do not recommend flavoring Infant formulas. If you are considering adding flavor to your infant’s elemental formula, speak with your doctor or dietitian to ensure it is allowed.

As you may know, an elemental formula can have a distinct and unique taste that some children may not care for. What makes it harder is that the children are often so restricted in their diets that the families have a hard time finding something that they can use to enhance the flavor of the formula.

Here at Nutricia North America, we are always striving to offer children and families living with food allergies a wide variety of flavor options to help with formula intake. We have a Neocate Recipe Book that uses Neocate and other flavorings to make tasty treats.  We also provide Flavor Packets that are safe for children with food allergies. Our flavors include: Cherry Vanilla, Lemon Lime, and Grapefruit**.

 Additionally, we have 7 different Neocate flavors available, including new Neocate Jr with Prebioticsthat is Vanilla flavored and Neocate Jr Chocolate (no milk of course!), Tropical, Orange-Pineapple, Grape, Tropical Fruit flavors.

Another option as discussed in a 2009 Today’s Dietitian Journal article, suggests vanilla extract or strawberry syrup to flavor hypoallergenic formulas*. 

Adding flavoring components to the Neocate products will not affect the formula negatively. Just be aware what you are adding and speak to your healthcare team to ensure it will be appropriate for your little one.

What do you use to flavor your elemental formulas? Have you had success?

Christine

 

*Always contact the manufacturer to ensure it is appropriate for your child.

**Note the Lemon Lime and Grapefruit flavors contain citric acid.

Read Comments (2)

  • 2012-01-26 | Karen Neill

    I’ve found that my two year old prefers chocolate or strawberry syrup added to plain jr. Neocate. She’s not allergic to strawberries or chocolate fortunately. She doesnt like the Neocate Jr. chocolate flavour for some reason- I can’t tell the difference between it and the plain mixed with syrup, but she certainly can! Nesquick brand here has no dairy or soy- but lots of sugar, so its just for a treat. She likes the chocolate warmed up to make ‘hot chocolate’ just like the other kids (but as a tip, it won’t stay in a thermos, separates after about 45 minutes when it’s warmed)!

  • 2012-02-01 | Christine Graham-Garo

    Hi Karen,
    What great tips. Thank you so much for the useful information! Im sure other families will appreciate. smile
    -Christine

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