By Dr Craig Oster
I hope to raise awareness in the ALS community and in everybody who uses commercial meal replacement formulas that may also be used for enteral feeding, regarding a choice on the market now which is based on organic whole foods. The name of the product is Liquid Hope. I have been told by a licensed nutritional expert, who has worked with people with ALS and other serious illnesses to change to Liquid Hope from sugary products like Ensure, that people always do better in some way after changing to the whole foods formula.
Examples of symptomatic improvement included improved energy and mood. I am currently seeking funding to scientifically investigate, using validated measures, whether people with ALS have improved outcomes on a Liquid Hope whole foods diet compared to people with ALS who are on a diet consisting of processed commercial formulas. Below, are the ingredients of the most doctor recommended processed commercial meal replacement formula on the market, followed by a listing of the ingredients in Liquid Hope.
INGREDIENTS IN ABBOTT LABORATORIES’ ENSURE MEAL REPLACEMENT FORMULA
(Ingredient list taken from Abbott Laboratories website)
Water, Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Soy Protein Concentrate, Canola Oil.
Less than 0.5% of the Following: Corn Oil, Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Soy Lecithin, Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Carrageenan, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, FD&C Red #3, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Phylloquinone, Cyanocobalamin, and Vitamin D3.
Contains milk and soy ingredients.
INGREDIENTS IN FUNCTIONAL FORMULARIES’ LIQUID HOPE MEAL REPLACEMENT FORMULA
(Ingredient list obtained from the Functional Formularies website) Filtered water, organic garbanzo beans, organic green peas, organic carrots, organic whole grain brown rice, organic flax oil, organic whole grain brown rice protein, organic sprouted quinoa, organic sweet potato, organic miso, organic broccoli, organic almond butter, organic kale, organic garlic, organic turmeric, organic rosemary, organic ginger, organic wakame (seaweed), vitamin blend [thiamine mononitrate(B1), riboflavin (B2), niacinamide(B3), pyridoxine hydrochloride(B6), cyanocobalamin (B12), ergocalciferol(D2)]
Please share this information with those who you know who require meal replacement formulas for weight gain and/or tube feeding.
With love and gratitude,
Craig Oster, PhD