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Holiday Parties and Get-Togethers with Food Allergies

Posted 12.9.10 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


Many parents of children with allergies worry about how to handle children going to parties for friends where food will be served. But what should you do when you’re the host and you’re worried about visitors with allergies?

Every year I host a holiday party and share the same concerns. With friends who have allergies to wheat and tree nuts and vegetarian friends, what would Martha Stewart recommend?

Know Your Guests

When you send out your invitations it’s nice to ask if your guests have any allergies or sensitivities. By doing so, you let them know you’re aware of their concerns and give them an opportunity to share any concerns. If possible, you might even provide the menu ahead of time so they can be aware of foods that are safe and those that present a risk. If they offer to bring a “safe” dish, take them up on their offer. Better yet, host a potluck!

Before you start to cook for the party, clean your kitchen tools and surfaces thoroughly, and make sure you store prepared items safely so that they won’t become contaminated.

Know What You’re Serving

By knowing which allergies your visitors have, you can purchase prepared or packaged foods that are safe (your guests can tell you specific ingredients to look for - check labels carefully) or perhaps to prepare items yourself which you know are safe. Luckily, foods now have required labeling for the 8 major allergens. If you have questions contact the manufacturer to be certain.

Be careful when preparing food yourself. With recipe ingredients like celery, you know what you have – celery! But for other ingredients a recipe calls for, such as spice blends or sauces, the ingredients can be trickier to understand. Is that “protein hydrolysate” derived from soy, wheat, pork or something else? Again, it may be best to contact the manufacturer or run the item by your guest with a quick phone call. Keep the ingredient label on hand for the party, if possible. It’s also a great idea to keep hard copies of recipes for homemade items handy during the party in case guests have questions. The safest bet of all? Try some allergen-free holiday recipes.

Be realistic when planning the menu – you can easily prepare a batch of chocolate chip cookies without adding nuts for those with tree nut allergies, but it may not be reasonable to prepare a different version of EVERY dish you serve that presents an allergy risk. Guests with allergies will be happy to see a few items they can enjoy and usually expect they can’t eat everything on the menu. If you do have separate versions of some items, you can keep them on a different table.

Enable Your Guests - With Labels!

Especially for a large party it can be hard to keep track of telling each guest what foods are safe as they arrive. If you plan on serving buffet-style, consider labeling items for your guests. This could be as simple as using place-tags that provide a description and state what allergens are in the food. An even easier approach would be color-coded stickers that indicate what is or isn’t in the food. Labels on each item served of the 8 major allergens might be most helpful and can help cover your bases for unexpected guests or unexpected allergies.

If you have multiple young guests with allergies it might be more fun for them to see a special sticker just for them (such as a favorite animal or cartoon character) on foods they CAN eat. Labels eliminate the worry of having to tell each guest what is or isn’t safe; just make sure they know what the labels mean! A clearly posted guide to your labels at the front of the buffet could be helpful.

What tips have you used in the past when hosting get-togethers for guests with allergies?

- Rob

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Kosher Foods and Milk Allergies

Posted 10.14.10 | Mallory West

Kashrut and Kosher Foods

Kashrut is the division of Jewish law that deals with the foods that a Jew may and may not eat and its proper preparation [1]. Kosher foods are foods that meet Kashrut standards. Under Jewish dietary laws, meat and dairy can never be eaten together so kosher foods are labeled as either fleishig (meat), milchig (dairy) and pareve (neutral). Pareve or neutral foods contain neither milk nor dairy. Many grocery stores have a designated section of kosher foods to accommodate those who keep kosher. In addition, many big food manufacturers have kosher-certified foods and label their products with kosher symbols.

Reading Kosher Labels

Look for the kosher symbol on a product, it’s usually in small type on towards the bottom of the package. In the U.S. the symbol is usually some variation on the letter U or K (Click here to view the commonly used kosher symbols in the US). This indicates that the food has been inspected by a kosher certifying agency. If it has a “D” or the word “dairy” next to it, this means that it contains dairy. If the kosher symbol has an “m” or the word “meat” next to it, this product contains meat and if it has “pareve” written next to it, it contains neither milk nor meat. Fish is commonly classified as “neutral” or “pareve” so keep this in mind if your little one has fish/shellfish allergies.

[*For those of you with smartphones, there’s an app that can be helpful to understand kosher labels!]

Kosher Food and Restricted Diets

People who are not necessarily kosher but who are following a restrictive diet, such as vegetarians or vegans, often find the kosher labeling system useful for determining whether or not a food is suitable for their diet.

Kosher Labels and Milk Allergies: A Reliable Tool?

Being familiar with kosher labeling can help save you a lot of time because you’ll be able to quickly identify the kosher symbol with “dairy” written next to it and know this food is off limits. That being said, it’s very important to note that kosher labels may not always take cross-contamination into account so it’s possible that there are traces of milk in a product even though it is not labeled as “dairy" [2]. Therefore, you should never assume that a kosher symbol listing “meat” or “pareve” is 100% free of dairy. With such foods, you should continue to closely read the ingredient list as you normally do and call the manufacturer to make sure the product is safe for your child’s milk allergy.

Key Points

  • Kosher symbols can help you to save time by quickly identifying products which contain dairy rather than having to search through the ingredient list for each product
  • You should never assume that a kosher product labeled as “meat” or “pareve” is 100% milk-free because it may still contain traces of dairy. Continue to study the ingredient list and check with the manufacturers to make sure this product is safe for your child with milk allergies.

Kosher Foods during Passover

If you see a kosher symbol listing “P” does not mean that the product is “pareve” rather it means that it is “kosher for Passover”. Foods designated as “P” or “kosher for Passover” are often only sold for a limited time during the year corresponding to the Passover holiday, when there are stricter dietary restrictions. Many families find that they are able to find hard-to-find, allergy-friendly products in the stores during this time and stock up while they are available. To learn more, read the “What Does Kosher for Passover Mean for Food Allergies?” article provided by Kids with Food Allergies.

-Mallory

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[1] KofK Kosher Certification.
[2] Kosher Labeling and Milk or Dairy Allergy. Kids with Food Allergies. February 2008. http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=100.


Top 8 Allergens

Posted 9.14.10 | Mallory West

Although there are over 160 foods identified as allergens, eight foods account for 90% of all food allergic reactions[1]:

  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts (such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, coconuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans and brazil nuts)
  • Fish (such as salmon, tuna, halibut, bass, flounder or cod)
  • Shellfish (such as shrimp, crab and lobster)
  • Soy
  • Wheat

These foods are designated as “major food allergens” by the Food Allergen Label­ing and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA). FALCPA applies to all foods whose labeling is regulated by the FDA (both domestic and international). The law officially went into effect on January 1, 2006.

FALCPA:

Under FALCPA, food manufacturers are required to list major food allergens or any ingredient that contains protein derived from food allergens in simple, easy-to-understand terms. If the ingredient includes the name of the allergen that it contains (such as buttermilk or soy beans), this meets the FALCPA requirements. However, if the ingredient name does not include the name of the allergen (remember our blog about hidden allergens?), the allergen must be declared either in parenthesis next to the ingredient (for example, “flour (wheat)”) or after the ingredient list (for example, “Contains soy”).

Points to Consider When Reading Food Labels:

Manufacturers are not required to account for cross-contamination. “Cross-contamination” or “cross-con­tact” occurs when a food contains a trace amount of an allergen as a result of coming into contact with other foods containing that allergen during the manufacturing process. For example, a milk-free infant formula may be made in the same manufacturing site as a milk formula. Although milk is not an ingredient of the milk-free formula, it may pick up some trace amounts of milk protein from the shared equipment. However, the manufacturers are not required to list milk on the ingredient list. (Neocate moms, don’t worry; Neocate is the only formula made in a 100% dairy-free manufacturing site). If you have any doubts about a product, call the manufacturers and ask about the possibility for cross-contamination. If they can’t assure you its safe, it may not be worth the risk.

Certain foods are not subject to FALCPA requirements. Foods that are regulated by agencies other than the FDA will have different allergen labeling requirements. Examples of such foods include:

  • Poultry
  • Most meats
  • Certain egg products

If you are unsure if a food is safe for your child, contact the USDA’s food and poultry hotline. Also keep in mind that most alcoholic beverages are not subject to FALCPA requirements. This obviously isn’t applicable to your little ones right now but it’s a good thing to be aware of as they grow up.

FALCPA requirements only apply to foods sold in the US. Food allergen labeling requirements will vary by country so if you are traveling internationally, be extra careful to read the ingredient lists and look for hidden allergens.

Have you found the FALCPA requirements to be helpful or confusing? What tips do you have for finding top 8 allergy-friendly foods in your grocery store?

- Mallory


[1] Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. http://www.foodallergy.org. [Image: Flickr]


Understanding Food Labels: Spotting Those Hidden Sugars

Posted 6.22.10 | Sarah O'Brien

We’ve been talking a lot about carbohydrates and sugar in regards to what they are and how they affect the body. So for today’s post, I thought I’d wrap up our carbohydrate series with a post on how you can spot sugars on the ingredient list of your food labels.

In my carbohydrates 101 post last week, I mentioned how sugar is a simple carbohydrate which are obviously found in sugary treats but can also be found in other nutritious foods. However, you should always be cautious of how much sugar your little one is consuming since a high sugar diet can lead to issues like tooth decay, high blood sugar levels and weight gain.

As with other ingredients like gluten or dairy that sometimes can be hidden within the ingredient lists, sugar can also be difficult to find. So when you are looking at the ingredient list on your food labelsto find your child’s allergens, be sure to check for sugar as well.

Here are some terms that will help you identify sugar:

  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Fruit juice concentrates, including apple and pear
  • All ingredients ending in “ose” like:
    • Fructose
    • Sucrose
    • Lactose
    • Maltose
    • Dextrose
    • Glucose

As a parent, I was a little surprised by the amount of sugar found in many different foods such as spaghetti sauce, ketchup and even low-fat salad dressings. I know for many parents, a big eye opener is the amount of sugar found in most fruit juices even if they do claim 100% juice. Are there any other foods with a sugar content that you found surprisingly high that you want to share with us?

- Sarah


Reading Food Labels: Carbohydrates in Neocate

Posted 6.8.10 | Christine Graham-Garo

As part of our ongoing "Carb Series", today's post will discuss the carbohydrates found in Neocate. As you found in Sarah's Carb 101 post, carbohydrates are the major source of energy for humans. Children require about 50% of their total energy to come from carbohydrate (remember there are 4 calories in 1 g of carbohydrate).

The carbohydrate source in Neocate is corn syrup solids. This is probably the most asked about ingredient in the Neocate line of products! Many parents aren't sure if corn syrup solids are similar to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It is important not to confuse the two. HFCS is chemically altered in order to make it much sweeter so it can be added to a wide range of processed/packaged foods. The corn syrup solids we use, along with the fats, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals are an important part of the nutritionally complete blend of nutrients in Neocate.

Another question we get asked a lot is whether the corn syrup solids in Neocate are safe for children with a corn allergy. It is important to remember that the corn syrup solids in Neocate are highly refined. This means that the ingredient goes through several steps in order to take out all of the protein from the corn (since proteins are what cause allergic reactions). This leaves only the complex carbohydrate source from the corn. So, even if your child has an allergy to corn proteins, Neocate is still an appropriate choice for them.

The corn syrup solids used in Neocate are considered to be complex carbohydrates meaning they consist of large (branched) chains of sugars. This is important for patients who have severe gastrointestinal (GI) conditions such as Short Bowel Syndrome. Studies suggest that obtaining a good source of complex carbohydrates may be beneficial for patients who have had GI resections1-2. The complex carbohydrates help with gut adaptation and rehabilitation to ensure proper nutrient absorption is taking place.

Got any questions on carbohydrates or the corn syrup solids used inthe Neocate family of products? Let us know!

-Christine

1. J. E. Bines, R. G. Taylor, F. Justice, et al., “Influence of diet complexity on intestinal adaptation following massive small bowel resection in a preclinical model,” Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 17, no. 11, pp. 1170–1179, 2002.

2. J. Ksiazyk, M. Piena, J. Kierkus, and M. Lyszkowska, “Hydrolyzed versus nonhydrolyzed protein diet in short bowel syndrome in children,” Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 615–618, 2002.


Understanding Food Labels – Ingredient Series – Carbohydrates 101

Posted 6.1.10 | Sarah O'Brien

This month we will be continuing with our ingredient series, focusing on carbohydrates and understanding food labels. In this post, I wanted to give you all an overview of carbohydrates, what they are and why they are an important part of our body and everyday life.

Carbohydrates are found in most foods. The body takes in carbohydrates from what we eat and then breaks them down into simple sugars, which are a major source of the body’s energy. There are two main carbohydrates found in foods: simple and complex.

Simple Carbohydrates

Simple carbohydrates are also known as simple sugars. Your body finds simple sugars in processed sugar, such as the sugar in candy.

However, simple sugars are not just found in sugary treats – they also exist in many nutritious foods! Fruits and milk both contain simple sugars which provide your body with vitamins and other important nutrients.

Simple sugars are often processed by the body quickly which can leave you feeling hungry sooner. This is why complex carbohydrates are so important.

Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates are also known as starches. Grains, such as bread, crackers, pasta, and rice, are all starches. Much like simple carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates can exist in different forms, such as refined grains and unrefined grains.

Refined grains are processed, which removes much of their nutrients and fiber. Some examples of refined grains include white rice or white bread.

Unrefined grains, such as brown rice or whole grain bread, are not processed and still have plenty of healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber. Fiber is not only important because it fills you up and doesn’t leave you hungry, but it also helps to regulate your digestive system.

The body processes complex carbohydrates at a slower rate than simple carbohydrates. This is why you feel satisfied and have energy over a longer period of time.

Your body needs carbohydrates, but it is important to remember to limit carbohydrates with lots of simple sugars. This is because simple sugars can cause your blood sugar level to jump quickly and over an extended period of time may lead to health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. So don’t forget to focus on complex carbohydrates.

Now that we know the basics of carbohydrates, look out for Christine’s blog next week when she will continue this topic to discuss the carbs found in Neocate!

- Sarah


Hidden Allergens: Dairy, Soy and Gluten Allergies

Posted 5.25.10 | Christine Graham-Garo

As we near the end the month of May, our series on Hidden Food Allergens is wrapping up. Mallory and Nita wrote great entries with tips and ideas on how to best avoid hidden dairy, soy and gluten allergens in food. Usually, there is a long list of items to avoid, so as Mallory mentioned, it’s helpful to print out your own list, laminate it, and take it with you on your grocery trips. It’s nearly impossible to memorize all those potential allergens you need to look out for on the product label. Having a list handy will cut back on the time you spend examining labels and make it easier for you to get what you need from the store and get on with your day!

Always remember, if you are uncertain whether a produce may contain an allergen, call the manufacturers and ask! The more educated you can be, the better.

Belonging to a food allergy social group or network can also allow you to share experiences and learn from other families who are in similar situations. Some groups you can join are the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), Facebook and/or Twitter groups dedicated to food allergies (including the Neocate Facebook page), Kids with Food Allergies (KWFA), and the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI). For example, if you just found out (from the manufacturer) that a certain food, surprisingly, had some traces of a particular allergen, you could share that information with others and help prevent accidental exposure from happening to another family.

So keep those Hidden Food Allergens lists handy and keep an eye on those labels! What other actions have you done to help avoid those hidden allergens? We always appreciate hearing your advice!

- Christine


Hidden Food Allergens & Soy Allergies

Posted 5.11.10 | Mallory West

Food allergens can be disguised by alternate names and hidden in the long words of an ingredient list. Unless you know what words to look for, it’s easy to overlook an allergen. As parents of children with food allergies, you all know how serious such an oversight can be. This month, we are doing a blog series on hidden food allergens to help you recognize hidden ingredients so that this doesn’t happen to you and your little one.

Hidden Sources of Soy:

Last week, Nita discussed hidden names and sources of dairy. Today, we’ll focus on soy. Soy is especially tricky to avoid because it is often found in unexpected places such as in baked goods, cereals, crackers, infant formula, canned tuna, prepared meats (like sausage and lunch meats), sauces and soups. In fact, soy is found in an estimated 60% of processed foods! Therefore, if your child is allergic to soy, it’s incredibly important to always read and decipher food labels. Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) provides a great list of “Ingredients to Avoid”. It may be helpful to print this out, laminate it, and take it along to the grocery store as a guide. They also have a travel card that you can take along on trips, when dining out, etc.

Soy Oil:

Refined soy oil is usually safe for patients with soy allergies. The FDA exempts refined soybean oil from being labeled as an allergen. Talk with your child’s health care provider to determine what’s appropriate for your child. It’s important to note that not all soy oil is refined so unless it is specified as such, you should not assume it is safe. For example, the ingredient list for Neocate Infant specifies that it contains refined soy oil because our purification process removes all soy proteins to make it safe for patients with soy allergies. Soy oil described as cold pressed”, “expeller pressed”, or “extruded” is not safe for those with soy allergies.

Managing a Soy Allergy:

Deciphering labels can be time-consuming and avoiding soy may seem to limit your child’s diet drastically. However, there are still many soy-free food options and plenty of soy substitutions for recipes. The main food limitations are with processed foods, which we could all probably use less of in our diets anyways! Plus, research shows that half of kids grow out of their soy allergy by the age of 7[1].

I must say, I was most shocked by the fact that soy is in canned tuna! Have you come across any other surprising hidden food allergens?

-Mallory


[1] Kaeding AJ, Matsui EC, Savage JH, Wood RA. The natural history of soy allergy. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010 Mar;125(3):683-6.


Understanding Food Labels: Ingredient Series – Fats in Neocate

Posted 3.23.10 | Christine Graham-Garo

This blog is a follow-up to Nita’s informative blog “Fats 101”. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read it first to gain a better understanding of all the different types of fats out there.

When reading the ingredient label, you may notice all the different types of oils used in Neocate. Why are there so many types? Each one is a source of a different type of fat, and a variety of fats are needed to maintain a balanced blend of fatty acids to help your baby develop and grow properly.

Sources of fat found in Neocate products include:

*Keep in mind that all of the proteins from these ingredients have been extracted. Since proteins are generally what cause an allergic reaction, Neocate should still be an appropriate choice for your little one – even if they have a soy, coconut or sunflower allergy.

 Take a look at this very helpful chart which compares different sources of fat:

 

I have this chart near me at all times to help me understand what exactly each fat ingredient contains.

You will notice how some ingredients have a very specific ratio of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturatedfats. Each fat found in Neocate was specifically chosen to ensure there is a balanced blend in order for your child to get the right amounts of essential fats needed to grow and thrive.

You may also notice that Neocate Infant, Neocate Junior and Neocate One+ all have different percentages of fat. This is because children need different amounts of fat depending on their age and medical conditions. For this reason, it is important to pick a formula that is tailored to your child’s specific needs.

Infants need plenty of fat for proper growth and development, so Neocate Infant contains 41percent fat. Once children get to be a little bit older, fat should be taken in moderation, so Neocate One+ has 32 percent fat. If your child has a GI or allergy disease, they might have issues with malabsorption of certain nutrients. Neocate Junior is specially formulated to account for this with 45 percent fat and higher amounts of other important vitamins and minerals.

Mallory will be diving deeper into the fatty acids DHA and ARA at the end of the month, so be on the lookout for that blog!

I hope this helps a bit with understanding the ingredients in the Neocate Infant formula. If you still have questions about these or any other ingredients, ask away!

- Christine

 


Understanding Food Labels - Ingredient Series – Fats 101

Posted 3.16.10 | Nutrition Specialist

To start off our ingredient series, I wanted to review the basics about fats and why they are an important part of a person’s diet.

The main purpose of fats is to serve as a storage system. They can also be used as an energy source if the body is depleted of necessary carbohydrates. Fats provide more calories (9 calories/gram) than both carbohydrates and protein (4 calories/gram), but this doesn’t mean they are bad and should be avoided! As you probably know, there are both good and bad fats.

Bad Fats

Saturated and trans fats are known as the “bad fats,” as they are linked to raising cholesterol levels and are attributed to increased risk for heart disease. Examples of bad fats include butter, animal fats, fried foods, all those yummy pastries, stick margarines and shortenings. Although these fats are known as the “bad fats” they are still okay to have in moderation, so it’s not necessary to strike them completely from the diet!

Good Fats

There are two types of unsaturated fats – polyunsaturated or monounsaturated. They are known as the “good fats” and aid in lowering cholesterol levels and are beneficial in fighting heart disease. Examples of good fats include vegetable oils, avocados, peanut butter, nuts, seeds and fatty fish like salmon and trout. If you want to learn more about good and bad fats, the American Heart Association has some fun facts.

Triglycerides

Now that we know the basics of fats, I wanted to briefly discuss triglycerides. Triglycerides are the chemical form in which most fat exists in food as well as in the body. There are two types of triglycerides — Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and Long Chain Triglycerides (LCTs). Both refer to the length of the carbon chain of a fatty acid.

  • MCTs are comprised of 6 to 12 carbon chains and are considered saturated fats. They are beneficial in the treatment of constipation or as a natural laxative and are digested more easily than LCTs.
  • LCTs have a carbon chain greater than 12 and can be monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats. LCTs have been studied and shown to repair the gut if it’s been damaged. 1

Normal fats and oils contain LCTs and MCTs. Both types of triglycerides are beneficial and should be incorporated into your child’s diet.

DHA and ARA

Next, I wanted to touch on DHA and ARA which has been a hot topic for some time now. DHA and ARA are polyunsaturated fatty acids which are naturally found in breast milk. Studies have shown that they aid in brain and vision development, and are most effective when provided in the diet for up to 6 months of age. With this, it was also found that formula fed babies were getting less DHA and ARA than breast fed babies, so now most formulas have a formula option with DHA and ARA. 2, 3, 4 This means, if your little one needs to be formula fed, now you can ensure that he or she is getting enough DHA and ARA that is needed to meet their needs!

Now that we know the basics of fats, look out for Christine’s blog next week when she will continue this topic to discuss the fats found in Neocate!

- Nita

References: 1. Warner BW, Vanderhoof JA, Reyes JD. What's new in the management of short gut syndrome in children. J Am Coll Surg. 2000 Jun;190(6):725-36.
2. Birch, EE, Hoffman, DR, Uauy, R et al. Visual Acuity and the Essentiality of Docosahexanoic Acid and Arachidonic Acid in the Diets of Term infants. Pediatr Res. 44:201-209, 1998.
3. Birch, EE, Garfield, S, Hoffman, DR et al. A Randomized Controlled Trail of Early Dietary Supply of Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Mental Development in Term Infants. Develop Med Child Neurol. 42: 174-181, 2000
4. Hoffman DR, Birch EE, Castañeda YS, Fawcett SL, Wheaton DH, Birch DG, Uauy R. Visual function in breast-fed term infants weaned to formula with or without long-chain polyunsaturates at 4 to 6 months: a randomized clinical trial. J Pediatr. 2003 Jun;142(6):669-77.


Understanding Food Labels: What does “Nutritionally Complete” Mean?

Posted 3.11.10 | Christine Graham-Garo

I often get asked whether our Neocate® formulas have all the vitamins and minerals a child would need to thrive for all stages throughout their lives. The answer is yes; but I thought I should explain further what the term “nutritionally complete” really means.

If a formula is considered nutritionally complete it can be used as a sole source of nutrition because it will provide all of the important carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals a child needs to grow and thrive. For a nutritional product to be nutritionally complete and say so on its product label, it should be age-appropriate and provide all the nutrients a child would need for that specific age. For example, infant formulas are designed specifically to meet the needs of infants. As the infant grows into a toddler and older child, their nutritional needs differ and age-specific nutritionally complete products are needed to ensure they are meeting all their nutrient needs.

Having complete nutrition is important for children who are on very restrictive diets because of conditions such as food allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and short bowel syndrome (SBS). When children cannot eat a wide variety of foods, it is common for them to have nutrient deficiencies as a consequence. One study1 found that in children with food allergies, many were not receiving enough vitamin D, calcium, iron, vitamin E and zinc. This is a serious problem because inadequate nutrition in children could have long-lasting implications such as poor growth, delayed development, and failure to thrive.

One way to avoid nutrient deficiencies is by having a registered dietitian involved in your child’s care – they can assess your child’s nutritional status and give recommendations on what options may work for you and your family. Your chosen nutritionist can also help you to properly read food labels and really understand what is being put into your child’s food. Just as important, finding a nutritional formula that has adequate (and even higher) amounts of important nutrients (such as calcium, iron, vitamin D, phosphorus and zinc) can help you ensure your little one is receiving proper age-specific nutrition to grow and thrive.

As I mentioned, all of the nutrition formulas in the Neocate family are nutritionally complete. If you are also using Neocate Nutra (a semi-solid amino-acid based medical food) don’t forget that it is meant to supplement formula and not replace it. Nutra contains lots of important nutrients like protein, fat, calcium, and vitamin D but just not enough to be the only source of nutrition.

Are there any vitamins and/or minerals you are worried your little one may not be getting enough of due to a restricted diet? Let us hear about it!

Christine

1. Salman et al, Dietary intakes of children with food allergies: comparison of the food guide pyramid and the recommended dietary allowances, J Allergy Clin Immunol 2002.


Reading Food Labels: Taking a Closer Looking into Ingredients

Posted 3.9.10 | Sarah O'Brien

Back in our vitamin series we often referenced the ingredient list on formula & food labels and helped identify some of those long words as vitamins. This sparked us to think about ingredients in general and the importance of understanding ingredients when dealing with food allergies.

There is so much more to ingredients then what’s listed on the label. So, of course, we decided to blog about it! Understanding fats, carbohydrates and proteins will be the topic of our next series. Within the next few months we hope to cover some common inquiries such as types of fat, healthy vs. unhealthy fats, types of carbohydrate including corn, identify sugars, and hidden allergens such as dairy, and explain the building blocks of protein.

A few things to keep in mind while reading those labels and looking at ingredient lists:

  • The FDA requires all manufacturers to list all ingredients in the food on the label.
  • Based on the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, manufacturers are required to list the top eight foods which account for the most food allergies in commonly used terms. This does not include allergens accidentally introduced during manufacturing or packaging through cross-contamination.
  • Ingredients are listed in order of predominance. The ingredient used in the greatest amount is listed first, followed by those in smaller amounts listed next, in descending order.
  • There are several different types of ingredients such as:
    • Preservatives (ascorbic acid, citric acid) to prevent food from spoiling
    • Emulsifiers (soy lecithin, mono-and diglycderides) which allow smooth mixing and prevent separation
    • Sweeteners (saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium) to add sweetness with or without the extra calories
    • Color Additives (citrus red no. 2, beta-carotene) which offsets color loss due to exposure to light, air, temperature extremes or moisture

Don’t forget to check back with us next week as we kick-off our ingredient series with the topic of fats. Do you have any questions on what’s listed in the ingredients on food labels?

- Sarah


Vitamin Series – The B Vitamins

Posted 1.19.10 | Sarah O'Brien

When you or your child has food allergies, looking at food labels and ingredients is essential. Have you ever looked at an ingredient list of one of your favorite foods and been unsure about some of those “big” words, like cyanobalamin or pyridoxine? What about the nutrient chart, when you see pantotenic acid or niacin listed, ever wondered what those really were? Surprisingly to some, these are all B vitamins. There are actually a total of 8 B vitamins in all which many refer to as the vitamin B complex. The vitamin B complex includes:

  • Thiamine (B1)

  • Riboflavin (B2)

  • Niacin (B3)

  • Pantothenic Acid (B5)

  • Pyridoxine (B6)

  • Biotin (B7)

  • Folic Acid (B9)

  • Cyanobalamin (B12)

As a whole, these 8 vitamins provide overall good health including, the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and eyes. Each B vitaminis also important individually.

  • Niacin (B3) is not only important for healthy skin, it also plays a role in the health of our nervous and digestive systems.
  • Pyridoxine (B6) is needed in the production of red blood cells which carry oxygen throughout our bodies
  • Thiamine (B1) helps breakdown carbohydrates into simple sugars called glucose which gives us energy.
  • Some of the B vitamins like Folic Acid (B9) and Cyanobalamin (B12) also work together to make DNA which is important for all of our cells. Another interesting fact about Cyanobalamin (B12) is that it is stored in our livers, typically enough is stored to sustain a person for several years!

All of the B vitamins are water soluble and will disperse throughout the body. Most B vitamins should be replenished often since any excess is excreted in the urine. The B vitamins can be found in several different foods such as whole grain cereals, rice, meats, fish, fruitslike bananas, potatoes, milk and leafy green vegetables.

Now when you read those ingredient list and nutrient charts you can be armed with a little more knowledge and comfort knowing that these are vitamins and not any hidden allergens you or your little ones may not be able to tolerate. Do you ever wonder about any other “big” words on food labels? Let us know, we’d love to tell you about them!

- Sarah


Deciphering Allergy Advisory Labels

Posted 10.9.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

Grocery shopping can be a daunting task for parent of kids with food allergies, and inconsistent labeling terms doesn’t make it any easier. There are currently more than 30 different labeling types! While the FDA mandates that foods containing the top 8 allergens are labeled, there is no law mandating “accidental-allergy warnings” in case a food in cross contaminated during production. And it’s not always clear exactly what the terms/statements on labels really means for your child.

Here are some of the most common terms on food labels, and what each of them means. If there are any more you’re curious about, let us know.

Dairy Free: Food that is labeled as “Dairy Free” may still contain casein, whey or other milk products. It is important to check the ingredient lists of these products for hidden dairy. GoDairyFree.org has a great list of hidden dairy in a variety of products.

Gluten-Free: According to CNN, “The FDA has recently issued standards for foods to be labeled "gluten free." Currently, the "gluten free" label is voluntary — that is, it's up to the manufacturer whether to include it. Many foods are naturally gluten-free and may or may not be labeled as such.” Products with this designation shouldn’t contain gluten, which is a main component of wheat, however some studies have shown low levels. A great resource is csaceliacs.org, which has a list of safe foods.

Manufactured on the Same Line As/Made in Same Factory As: This means that while the food may not contain the allergen directly, it was manufactured on machinery used to make other products containing potential allergens like peanuts.

May Contain: Even though there are no allergens in the product, they could be cross-contaminated (for example if they share a production facility that manufactures a product containing allergens). Proceed with caution!

Do you have any other tips for navigating the aisles of your grocery store?

-Christine


Product Recall Alert – Kroger Super Kids Enriched White Sandwich Bread

Posted 8.26.09 | Mallory West

If you are making sandwiches for your children’s first week of school, watch out! National grocery store chain Kroger has issued a recall of Kroger brand Super Kids Enriched White Sandwich Bread because it may contain milk, which is not listed as an ingredient on the label.

The bread is sold in 20-ounce packages with the UPC number 1111000831, and lists various “Best If Used By” dates. Kroger stores in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia are recalling the bread.

Customers should return the product to stores for a refund or replacement. If you have questions about the recall, you can contact Kroger toll-free at (800) 632-6900. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/29LBjx.

P.S. Always read labels carefully. Though it doesn’t apply in this case (the Kroger bread didn’t list milk on the label at all) sometimes milk shows up on packaged good/formula labels as other names like “casein” or “whey.”

-Mallory


Soy Allergies on the Rise

Posted 8.19.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

We’ve posted before about soy allergies and noted that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics as many as 70% of babies with milk protein allergies are also allergic to soy. Typically, soy allergies are associated with infants who have reactions to soy-based formulas and outgrow the allergy by the time they reach kindergarten.

However, as demand for soy continues to rise and more soy ingredients are being used in processed foods, a growing number of adults are developing soy allergies as well.

Soy is now considered one of the most common potential food allergens — along with peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, milk, eggs, and wheat, but it wasn’t always so. According to AllergyKids.com, soy allergies increased by 50% in 1996. The reason? While the true cause of such a startling increase is not known, some experts attribute it to a new type of genetically engineered soy that was introduced that year.

Unfortunately, researchers haven't been able to identify exactly what parts of soy cause allergic reactions. Like milk and other common allergens, there are several proteins found in soy that have been shown to be allergenic.

If you or your little one do develop an allergy to soy, make sure to read all labels. Some common ingredients to look for that contain soy include:

  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • Lecithin
  • Monodiglyceride
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Natural flavoring
  • Vegetable broth
  • Vegetable gum
  • Vegetable starch
- Christine

Is that Milk in my Child’s Soy Product?

Posted 7.9.09 | Mallory West
As most food allergy parents can attest, trying to understand food labels and whether or not they might contain an allergen is a frustrating process! However, making things even more complicated is the fact that sometimes the product name and description can be misleading.For instance, yesterday I read an article about a mom of a child with milk protein allergy. She bought and gave her son Stonyfield O’Soy Soy Yogurt, assuming that the product contained soy and therefore, would not be made with milk. By the time she noticed the statement underneath the ingredients list “contains soy and milk,” her son was half way done with his snack.

Fortunately, her son was ok, but this is a great reminder that sometimes milk and other allergens can show up in unexpected places and it’s important to carefully read all labels. To read the entire story, click here.

(As a side note, if you have a baby with a milk protein allergy, check with your doctor about whether your little one might also be allergic to soy. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as many as 70% of babies with milk protein allergies are also allergic to soy.)

Be sure to post advice on any other labeling pitfalls you come across!

-Mallory


Fajita Spices and Seasonings Recall Alert

Posted 4.30.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

According to the Food and Drug Administration, McCormick and Company, Inc. is voluntarily recalling particular Lawry’s Fajitas Spices and Seasonings packages because they contain undeclared milk ingredients. This recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product was mispackaged and therefore, the package label did not list milk as an ingredient. Those with an allergy or intolerance to milk should not use this product.

The recalled Lawry’s Fajita Spices and Seasonings packages have a UPC Code of 2150022500 and a “best if used by” date of OCT0110PX62.

All grocery stores are removing the recalled products from their shelves.

If you purchased this product and would like a replacement or refund, call 1-800-952-9797.

- Christine


Product Recall Alert – Mislabeled Cheese Franks

Posted 3.31.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

Sara Lee North American Retail is recalling approximately 1,728 pounds of cheese frankfurters produced on February 12, 2009 and shipped to distribution centers around the country.

The cheese frankfurters were accidentally packaged with the beef frank labels and therefore, milk is not listed as an ingredient on the label. Anyone with milk protein allergy or milk intolerance should not eat this product.

The package label reads “Ball Park Brand Beef Franks” and has the UPC code of “5450010002.” To see the label of the recalled product, click here.

The products are currently being removed from all store and warehouse shelves.

For the entire story, click here.

And contact the Sara Lee consumer affairs recall hotline at (888) 891-6100 if you have any questions.

- Christine


Food Allergy Safety Update

Posted 3.18.09 | Nutrition Specialist

I’ve been following the food allergy labeling debate for awhile now. Back in September, we blogged about a hearing held by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop a long-term strategy to clear up accidental-allergy warnings that are misleading consumers. According to a study released this weekend at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s annual meeting, this is still a safety concern for all food allergy parents.

The study found that a small number of food products with the “may contain” label actually do contain allergens. 5.3 percent of randomly selected grocery store food items with this label contained detectable levels of egg, milk or peanut and 2 percent of food products with no such warning also contained allergens. In all, 399 products were tested.

To read the entire US News & World Report article on the study, click here.

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 required new labels for packaged foods containing major allergens, but the “may contain” labels were not covered in this Act.

As we’ve said before, be very vigilant when purchasing food products for your little ones that you have not made yourself. Unfortunately, potential allergens may still be in a food product, even if it’s not on the label.

On a positive note, President Obama has vowed to help with food safety in his recent weekly address. He announced his appointments to the FDA and covered the recent salmonella scare in the Georgia peanut plan. Click here to check out a Wall Street Journal article on the topic.

Any questions or comments? I’d love to hear them.

- Nita


Would you like to share your allergy story?

Posted 2.2.09 | Nutrition Specialist

ABC News is planning a television segment on food allergy labeling and advisory labeling laws and would like to speak with allergy families. Specifically, the network would like to interview families who have a child who has had an allergic reaction from mis-labeled or non-labeled packaged food items since 2006.

The segment will air in March, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

If you are interested, please send a brief description of your family’s experience and your contact information (email, phone number, address) to Barbara Rosenstein, director of communications for the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) at media@faiusa.org or 212-207-1998 by tomorrow, February 3rd.

- Nita


Breaking News: Cadbury Chocolate Contains Milk!

Posted 1.29.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

I know, I know. This is not a big surprise, especially since the brand name contains the word ‘milk,’ and there is an image of milk on the wrapper. However, to comply with labeling laws, Cadbury announced that it is adding warnings to its Dairy Milk Chocolate wrappers and to its Dairy Milk Whole Nut bars.

If you’re not familiar with the story, check out this clip from foodqualitynews.com.

The company is adding a warning “to inform milk-allergic potential customers” that its products contain milk.

While this might be obvious, we all know food labels can be tricky and I personally think this is a step in the right direction for food allergy labeling. And with the FDA still in the process of developing a long-term labeling strategy, it’s nice to see companies already responding to their food-allergic children and their parents. Click here to read an entry I wrote a few months ago on this topic.

As an allergy parent, how do you feel about Cadbury’s labels? I’d love to know!

- Christine


Chocolate Chips Recall

Posted 10.16.08 | Sarah O'Brien

Kroger is recalling Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips because they may contain milk protein that is not listed on the packaging label. They have the UPC Code 11110-86603 and a sell by date of May 30, 2010. If you happened to buy these, you can return them to Kroger for a full refund.

For those who have little one’s with a milk protein allergy, be careful!

For more information, you can call the manufacturer, Barry Callebaut, USA at (866)-678-5221.

- Sarah


Follow-Up: FDA Food Label Hearing…Your Voice Can Still Be Heard

Posted 9.30.08 | Christine Graham-Garo

On Tuesday, September 16, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a hearing in College Park, Maryland to develop a long-term strategy to clear up accidental-allergy warnings that are misleading consumers. In case you missed it, here is my entry on this topic from a few weeks ago.

If you couldn’t make the meeting, you can still have your food allergy opinion known! The public can submit written comments to the FDA regarding this hearing until January 14, 2009.

Comments can be submitted to: Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)Food and Drug Administration5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061Rockville, MD 20852. Or online at: http://www.regulations.gov/.

I encourage all of you to submit a comment!

The FDA, according to their Web site, “is developing a long-term strategy to assist manufacturers in using allergen advisory labeling that is truthful and not misleading, conveys a clear and uniform message, and adequately informs food-allergic consumers and their caregivers.”

For more information on what was covered at the hearing, click here.

- Christine


FDA Food Label Hearing – Today!

Posted 9.16.08 | Christine Graham-Garo

How many times have you been to a grocery store or a restaurant, and read a vague warning note that says, “This product may contain peanuts?” As an allergy parent, I’m sure you’ve noticed these not so direct labels quite a bit.

Recently, there has been a lot of coverage over the confusion that allergy labeling is causing. And I know this is frustrating! All you want to know is, can my child eat this, yes or no? Lucky for you, and for all allergy parents out there, the FDA is holding a hearing today, September 16, to discuss setting allergy labeling standards (right now, allergy warnings are voluntary).

This hearing could not have come at a better time. Parents are so befuddled that many of them are just ignoring food labels altogether. It seems that most allergy parents hold the opinion these days that the safest thing you can do for your allergy prone little one is to cook everything at home from scratch. However, this is not feasible or practical for many busy families.

Here are a few tips on avoiding the confusion:
- Do your research at home – find a list of products you KNOW are allergen free.

- Air on the side of caution – if a product says, “Made in a factory with milk,” and your child has a milk protein allergy, stay away from it. You are better off buying a product made in a 100% dairy free environment, like Neocate.

- Have one “homemade” food item on hand for an easy meal – that way you won’t pick up a product that “may” contain an allergen because you are in a hurry.

Today’s FDA hearing is the beginning of a long process to clear up accidental-allergy warnings that are misleading consumers. This will be the FDA’s first step in developing a “long-term strategy.”

The hearing, being held in College Park, Maryland, is open to the public. For more information on attending the hearing, click here.

And for more information on the current food allergy standards, click here.

How do you feel about food allergy labels? I’d love to know!

- Christine


“100% Milk-Free Environment”

Posted 7.1.08 | Sarah O'Brien

These words are music to allergy parent’s ears…

However, did you know that some formulas made for babies with milk allergies are NOT produced in an entirely milk-free environment? Many allergy moms and dads don’t realize this.

We surveyed parents of kids with food allergies recently and were surprised at the results:

57% of parents thought their child’s formula was manufactured in a 100% milk-free environment, but when we asked about the specific products, only 38% of them were actually manufactured 100% dairy-free.

At the same time, 99% of the parents surveyed said they were concerned about the risk of their children consuming a food allergen. No surprised there!

Vigilant allergy parents have a lot to look out for – from the fine print on food labels to how/where everything you put into your child’s mouth is manufactured. It is definitely tiresome, but definitely worth it.

Since food allergies cause roughly 30,000 emergency room visits a year, this is something to take note of! As an allergy parent, remember that advertising can be tricky. As of right now, Neocate Infant, Necoate Jr. and EO28 Splash are the only amino-acid based products that are manufactured in a 100% milk-free environment.

Overall, make sure you double check your choice of formula for your child with your pediatrician. You can never be too careful with food allergies!

- Sarah


Double Check Labels and Expiration Dates Please!

Posted 6.20.08 | Sarah O'Brien

Milk in bottled water! CVS selling expired baby formula! Recently, there have been a few news stories that are quite shocking.

As an allergy parent, you’re a pro at reading food labels. However, most people wouldn’t think to check the label on a bottle of water. Now, you might have to. Click here to check out the article on Allergy Moms. Apparently, Special K Protein Water contains milk!

Some people are big on checking expirations dates. However, others don’t think twice about it. This is causing a big stir in New York where both CVS and Rite Aid have been selling expired products. Click here to read the article from Reuters. The expired products being sold included milk, eggs, baby formula, cold medicines, allergy treatments and other over-the-counter medicines.

It’s important to remember to be a conscious consumer -- especially when shopping for your little one! If a bottle of water has milk in it, I wonder what else does?

- Sarah


Keeping your child safe could be as easy as reading a food label

Posted 5.9.08 | Nutrition Specialist

Food shopping for your family can be tough. You want to keep everyone happy and healthy at the same time. With children, this can be extra hard with all the cookies and candies out there! And if you are parent of a kid with a food allergy you have to be especially careful!

As an allergy parent, you know one little drop of the food your child is allergic to could be devastating for them. Therefore, it’s extremely important to take the time to read through all food labels, slowly but surely. This is one of the best ways to safely manage your child’s food allergies.

A common mistake parents make is thinking that a product’s claim to be “allergy-free” means that the product is safe for their kids. Unfortunately, these products are most likely “allergy-friendly” and could contain some less common allergens – which your child might just be allergic to!

So how do you keep your child safe? Gina Clowes lists some helpful tips for consumers buying allergy-friendly products at the bottom of this press release.

Just another allergy safety reminder for you and your family!


Food Allergies and World Breastfeeding Week 2011

Posted 8.2.11 | Christine Graham-Garo

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and breastfeeding advocates in more than 170 countries worldwide will be celebrating World Breastfeeding WeekAugust 1-7!  We all know how important breastfeeding is, so we wanted to share some information about this week as well as breastfeeding a little one with food allergies.

 It’s always suggested that the first choice should be to breastfeed your baby because studies have shown that breastfeeding1, 2:

  • Protects the baby against infections, such as ear infections and the flu; and
  • Protects against other conditions such as

 However, while breastfeeding is important, it can become more complicated if your baby has food allergies.  In that case, healthcare professionals typically recommend that the mother start an elimination diet, where she will remove the offending allergen or allergens from her diet, ultimately removing them from her baby’s diet. This can become problematic if the mom is not getting the nutrients she needs, resulting in the baby not getting the right nutrition from the breast milk alone.  Therefore, a lactating mom on an elimination diet should be closely monitored by a doctor or Registered Dietitian to ensure she is getting all the vitamins and minerals she requires while avoiding the specific allergen(s).  To read more about elimination diets and how to best educate yourself on reading labels to avoid certain allergens like milk, soy, peanuts, eggs, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and wheatwe recommend checking out the Consortium of Food Allergy Research website.   

Here at Nutricia, we always support breastfeeding, but understand that some moms are just not able to breastfeed as they wish.  If the baby has a known food allergy and if the mom is not able to breastfeed, then a formula like, Neocate Infant DHA ARA, can be an appropriate alternative.

 As always, talk to your doctor about the best way to help your baby get the right nutrition they need as well as any questions you have about breastfeeding your baby.  

Are you a mom who has breastfed a food allergic infant and had to follow an elimination diet?  Was it hard for you?  Do you have any recommendations or insights for other moms in this same situation?  We would love it if you shared!

 

-Christine

 

1.http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/why-breastfeeding-is-important/#pubs

2.http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_about/all_about_more.html

 


What Makes Neocate so Special?

Posted 10.24.11 | Nutrition Specialist

Q: My son has severe allergies and his pediatrician recommended Neocate. I see that it’s expensive and isn’t available at the store. I’ve also been online and see that similar products exist. Can you tell me what makes Neocate so special?

A: We get this question often. Not only have most parents never heard of Neocate, there are still some health care professionals who aren’t familiar with Neocate either.

Setting the Bar

Neocate was the first of its kind, and we set the bar high. The Neocate products are amino acid-based formulas, which by nature makes them special. The fact that Neocate is made with amino acids instead of protein is what sets it apart and allows it to help so many children to feel better. With Neocate, Nutricia is committed to producing the best amino acid-based formulas possible.

First, we ensure that our customers get a product that will not cause a typical allergic reaction. To start, none of the Neocate ingredients are derived from milk, and we mix the Neocate powders in a facility that is 100% dairy protein-free: no cows allowed! We also test every batch of Neocate for dairy, just to be sure. And with E028 Splash, we also test for gluten to ensure it’s gluten-free.

Specialized Products for Special Kids

Because many children need Neocate for more than just a few weeks, we want their Neocate experience to be as easy as possible. We do this by offering more options. For instance, Neocate Nutra is the only amino acid-based semi-solid food available. We also make Splash, the only ready-to-feed (no mixing needed) amino acid-based formula. On top of this, we offer lots of flavors in Neocate Junior, E028 Splash, as well as Flavor Packets. To top it off, Neocate Junior with Prebiotics is the only amino acid-based formula available with prebiotic fiber, which can help improve regularity. We think all of these make Neocate great and help children to stick with an elemental diet.

Extensive Research

Lots of work has gone into making Neocate the best product possible. Since the 1980s, we’ve supported dozens of studies involving Neocate. In fact, Neocate products have been studied or used in over 70 publications in scientific journals! In fact over 1,000 people, mostly infants and children, have participated in research that involved Neocate. And while Neocate has been extensively studied in cow milk allergy, we’ve also supported research with Neocate in other conditions such as eosinophilic esophagitis(EoE), short bowel syndrome(SBS), multiple food protein intolerance(MFPI), food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome(FPIES), and others.

We’ve gotten to work with lots of researchers, many of whom are leaders in their field. And not just in the US – plenty of research with Neocate has taken place internationally on six continents! This research has helped to improve the way medicine is practiced, including diagnosis and treatment. We’re pretty proud of that! We even have a team of researchers based here in the US working on current Neocate studies. This is just one example of our dedication to advancing medical research.

Customer Support

Neocate wouldn’t be Neocate if it didn’t come with a lot of great “add-ons” for our families. For instance, we have great resources for parents on our website, blog, twitter, YouTube channel, and Facebook page. We (the Nutrition Specialists) also are available to answer questions for parents, caregivers, and health care professionals by phone, by email, and online. We even get to help develop new recipes to keep things interesting.

Finally, families new to Neocate often feel like they’re in unfamiliar territory. This is why we offer lots of reimbursement support, which is incredibly helpful for many of our customers.

The most important factor that makes Neocate special? Neocate kids! We love getting to talk to parents about their little ones every day, especially when they tell us how helpful Neocate has been and share good news. Hearing how special they are just makes our work that much more important.

 

  



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