Neocate Junior with Prebiotics

Posted 3.25.14 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

Families ask every now and then: What’s the difference between Neocate Junior and Neocate Junior with Prebiotics? Which one should I choose?

Main Differences

The key differences between these two products are basic. One version has added prebiotic fiber, the other does not (more on prebiotics below). They are also available in different flavors. Neocate Junior (without added fiber) is available in Unflavored, Chocolate, and Tropical flavors. Neocate Junior with added prebiotic fiber is available in Unflavored, Vanilla, and Strawberry flavors. We offer multiple flavors of each version to give our customers options. For children especially, growing evidence suggests they may leave less in their cup if given a choice between flavors.(1)

Benefits of Prebiotics

The next logical question is ‘Which version of Neocate Junior is right?’ There are a few things to consider about fiber, and parents and caregivers should always discuss this with the healthcare team.

1) Most children don’t meet their fiber recommendations.(2,3) This data is based on children with typical diets, who don’t need a formula like Neocate. For those on a more restricted diet, meeting fiber needs is often even more difficult.

2) Similar to fiber in our diet from fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains, added prebiotic fiber may help support normal bowel function.(4,5) Part of what we consider "normal bowel function" is regularity, and regularity can be an occasional problem for those who depend on elemental formula.

3) Added fiber has been suggested for individuals who depend on elemental formula, like Neocate, for long periods of time.(6)  In fact, recent research into children who require amino acid-based nutrition found them to be at risk for low fiber intake.(7) As healthcare teams look to help their patients meet fiber recommendations, a formula like Neocate Junior with Prebiotics that already has fiber added offers a simple solution!

After hearing about the benefits of prebiotic fiber, some families ask us when someone might not choose Neocate Junior with Prebiotics. For most individuals, a formula with added prebiotic fiber is probably a better option, unless they prefer the Tropical or Chocolate flavor. However some individuals have rare conditions or follow restricted diets in which certain types of fiber should be avoided. Again, it’s best to discuss this with the healthcare team.

What questions do you have about prebiotic fiber?


1. Brandt KA, et al. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013;113:A-95.
2. Butte NF, et al. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110:S27.
3. Hampl JS, et al. J Am Diet Assoc. 1998;98:1418.
4. Saavedra JM, et al. Br J Nutr. 2002;87S2:S241.
5. Waligora-Dupriet AJ, et al. Int J Food Microbiol. 2007;113:108.
6. Girten M, et al. In: Eosinophilic Esophagitis. 2011:323.
Robbins KA, et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014;134:1463.

Read Comments (4)

  • 2015-09-16 | Punita Ponda, MD

    I have tried to ask this on your website several times, but got no answer.  Which prebiotics are in your Neocate products with prebiotics?

  • 2015-09-18 | Nutrition Specialist

    Hi Dr. Ponda,
      I’m sorry we’ve missed your questions! The prebiotic fibers used in Neocate Junior with Prebiotics are a 50:50 blend of scFOS:lcFOS (short-chain and long-chain fructooligosaccharides). Both are derived from inulin, which comes from a vegetarian source. We chose those particular prebiotic fibers because they are NOT derived from dairy, have been extensively studied, and provide beneficial effects along much of the gastrointestinal tract.
      Hope this helps!

  • 2016-03-10 | Eve

    Hi, does the unflavored Neocate Junior with Prebiotics have the same prebiotic fiber as the flavored ones? We live in Honduras and they only have the Unflavored one, therefore that’s what the pediatrician recommended. I want to know if we can give my son the Vanilla or Strawberry instead.

    Thank you!

  • 2016-03-11 | Nutrition Specialist

    Hi Eve,
      In the US we offer Neocate Junior (without prebiotic fiber) in Unflavored, Chocolate, and Tropical, and we offer Neocate Junior with Prebiotics in Unflavored, Vanilla, and Strawberry. The prebiotic fiber used in those three is the same type and source of fiber, and is added at the same level in all three.
      Countries that offer Neocate Junior may offer versions with and/or without added prebiotic fiber. Check the label to be certain!

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