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.
7. Robbins KA, et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014;134:1463.
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