Neocate Products – Similarities and Differences

Posted 2.26.16 | Nutrition Specialist

Neocate is the only line of hypoallergenic, amino acid-based products that offers such a wide array of choices. We offer 5 different products, many with different flavor options.  With so many choices, it can be confusing to understand the similarities and differences between our products.

In this post we’re going to walk you through some of the similarities and differences between the Neocate products. We’ll also highlight some additional features for each product.

Let’s start with the similarities

All Neocate products are hypoallergenic and specifically designed for individuals with food allergies and related digestive and allergic conditions. All Neocate products are amino acid-based to reduce the chance of an allergic reaction from even a small fragment of a protein.

Neocate is made with ingredients that are certified by suppliers to be derived from non-genetically modified organisms (read about GMOs). There is more information on why we choose no GMO ingredients here. Many of the ingredients are also similar between each of the 5 product options, just in different amounts to meet the nutritional needs at different ages. We already discussed our protein source being amino acids. For more information about ingredients check out these pages that discuss the fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins (vitamins K, C, E, A vitamin D and B vitamins) in Neocate.

Another similarity between all of our Neocate products is that they do not contain soy oil. This has always been true for most of our Neocate products, but it is a recent change for our Neocate Infant DHA/ARA, starting in 2013. In case you missed this helpful explanation of why we made this change, this recent blog post on Why Neocate Dropped the Soy Oil explains it very well. 

Finally, all Neocate products are confirmed through testing to be dairy-free. Aside from all of the steps we take to make sure there’s no dairy in the products, we test every batch to be extra sure!

Now let’s talk about some differences

The main difference is the age range that each product is designed for. As your child grows, they have different nutritional needs and so the products that meet their needs will also change. There are also differences between the products to best serve our customers who most often use them. Let’s look at each of the 5 product options and their individual differences.

1.     Neocate Infant DHA/ARA

Neocate Infant DHA/ARA is intended for infants 0-12 months. This is the only elemental formula that contains nucleotides. It also has added DHA at a level comparable to that found in breast milk. Nucleotides, DHA, and ARA are important nutrients naturally found in breast milk. Not sure what DHA and ARA are? Learn More about DHA and ARA: What are they and why are they in infant formula?

Neocate Infant DHA/ARA is also unique in our line of products to be certified Kosher Pareve, and certified Halal. Neocate Infant DHA/ARA is designed to meet all of your baby’s nutrition needs, otherwise called nutritionally complete. There is no gluten added to Neocate Infant DHA/ARA.

How to Mix Neocate Infant DHA/ARA:


2.     Neocate Junior and Neocate Junior with Prebiotics

Neocate Junior is for individuals over 1 year of age. It is also nutritionally complete and can be used as the sole source of nutrition or as a supplement to a limited diet. It comes with or without prebiotic fiber and is available in unflavored and different flavor varieties. 

Neocate Junior is the only hypoallergenic formula that offers the option of prebiotic fiber. What is prebiotic fiber? Check out these blogs to read a little bit more about Prebiotics 101, or the importance of fiber.

Neocate Junior is available in a total of 6 flavor options. Neocate Junior with Prebiotics is available in Unflavored and delicious Vanilla and Strawberry flavors. If you’re not looking for prebiotic fiber, Neocate Junior is available in Unflavored and tasty Chocolate and Tropical flavors. We would tell you which one is our favorite, but we love them all!

Neocate Junior and Neocate Junior with Prebiotics are not certified Kosher. However, all of the powdered Neocate products are made in the same facility as Neocate Infant DHA/ARA, and using many of the same ingredients from the same suppliers, none derived from milk or dairy. All varieties of Neocate Junior also have no gluten added.

3.    Neocate Nutra

Neocate Nutra is for children over 6 months of age. It mixes up to the consistency of infant cereal (though it’s not a cereal!), and we call it spoonable. Neocate Nutra is designed to help your child experience solid food as she develops feeding skills, while still avoiding the allergens that might make them sick.

Many older children use Neocate Nutra to add texture and variety to their diet.  While Neocate Nutra provides some of every nutrient and is a good source of key nutrients like calcium and vitamin D, it is not enough on its own to meet all your child’s nutrition needs (it’s not nutritionally complete).

Neocate Nutra is gluten-free, which means we test each and every batch for the presence of gluten to ensure that it is gluten-free. We take this extra step because so many children use this instead of an infant cereal, and having a gluten-free option is important to many families.


4.     Neocate Splash

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Neocate Splash, Unflavored is designed specifically for individuals over one year of age. It is a quick ready-to-drink option in a convenient 8 oz drink box. Neocate Splash is nutritionally complete, with a nearly identical nutritional profile to Neocate Junior. It has a mild taste making it terrific for drinking orally or taking through a feeding tube. Many parents ask us how Neocate Splash compares to Neocate Junior, and we have a blog for that here.

Many families are looking specifically for formulas used in tube feeding to be gluten-free, so we take the extra steps to test every batch of Neocate Splash Unflavored to ensure that it is gluten-free to give them this as an option. There are also no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or coloring added.



5.    E028 Splash

E028 Splash is very similar to Neocate Splash Unflavored, although not the same. E028 is also for individuals over the age of 1 and is ready-to-drink.  We also take the extra steps to test every batch of E028 Splash for gluten when we’re testing for dairy, which means E028 is a gluten-free and casein-free option as well when families are looking for those features in a supplement.

The difference most people see is that E028 is available in 3 flavor options for those individuals who want some flavor. These flavors are different from the Neocate Junior flavor options because we like to offer options! Grape, Tropical Fruit, and Orange-Pineapple are the three flavor choices, and they’re all delicious in our eyes. The drink box comes with a straw, of course, and doesn’t need to be refrigerated until opened, which make taking formula on the go incredibly easy.

Another difference is that E028 Splash is lower in some nutrients when compared to Neocate Splash Unflavored. For most people, E028 Splash is best used as a supplement to the diet and would not be considered nutritionally complete. However, some individuals with high energy needs might meet 100% of most or all of their estimated needs for most or all nutrients if using E028 Splash as a sole source of nutrition.

Now that we have discussed the basic similarities and differences between our Neocate products, I am sure you are ready to use the one that is best for you and your family members. Here are links to our recipes and formula mixing videos to help in the kitchen.

Here are a few other helpful resources:

What other questions do you have about the similarities or differences in the Neocate products?

- Jody  (find out more about me here)

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