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ENU nutrition shakes, a coupon, and their upcoming formula debut

Some of you may already be familiar with ENŪ nutrition shakes.

When comparing  ENŪ with other shakes,  the biggest difference  is ENŪ only has 11% of the total calories coming from a sugar source.  It is 100% GMO free, as well.

Unlike many other nutrition shakes on the market, ENŪ does not contain any carrageenan.  Carrageenans  are a family of linear sulfated polysaccharides that are extracted from red edible seaweeds. They are widely used in the food industry for their gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties.    Carrageenan is a controversial ingredient, and is banned in the EU from infant formulas.

The profile that sets  ENŪ apart is:
• REDUCED SUGAR TO JUST 11% OF CALORIES
• NO CORN SYRUP OR SUCROSE
• GLUTEN & LACTOSE FREE

  • 450 Calories per 11 oz serving
  • Advanced ENŪ Protein Blend, with 23g of protein for muscle health
  • Complex carbohydrates and a healthy fat blend for sustained energy
  • Up to 67% less sugar per calorie than regular nutritional shakes
  • High quality, non-GMO ingredients for excellent taste and smooth texture

These shakes are a thicker consistency than other ready to serve ‘meal in a bottle’ products I’ve used in the past.   I like this characteristic, as a slower gravity feed flow is more satisfying to me.

There is a CMS / Medicare reimbursement code for ENŪ Shakes.   They can be billed to B4150.  Patients should ask their RD or their DME company to carry ENŪ and it will be made available.

I purchased mine via Amazon, and if you live in the US, they are available for a discount with the Amazon subscribe and save program.

https://www.amazon.com/ENU-Nutrition-Calories-Replacement-Chocolate/dp/B00M7E8XA6/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1518810216&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=ENU&th=1 

The following link is a pdf file that has more information on this product. as well as a coupon for 20$ off  first orders of $100 or more.

ENU Comparison and Nutrition Facts

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As you most likely know, I am a strong advocate of using  blenderized real food, rather than formula, for tube feeding.  This is not difficult to learn how to do, and, in my opinion there is just no substitute  as good as food itself—not only for the nutritional aspect, but for the emotional support of using familiar foods the tube fed person enjoyed when able to eat orally.

But, as much as I wish every single person was able and willing to blend for the tube, I recognize that some tube feeders, due to physical limitations,  cannot.  Others  are not that interested, and find benefit in the convenience of  formula.

Trovita Health Science, who is the maker of ENŪ Shakes,  received an FDA clearance last year for a new tube feeding device called SAFE-T FEED, which is a pouch feeding system that comes pre-filled with a very high-quality formula line called Ultrient.  Ultrient is of the same quality as  ENŪ with ingredients from real food. It was also developed with dietitians from top medical centers, and is GMO free.

The new line is intended for home tube feeding to make bolus or gravity feedings easier. They performed flow rate testing of the SAFE-T Feed system with blended formulas for the FDA, and it performed very well.  Patient acceptance to the feeding system has been very strong.

Here is a short YouTube video of their CEO demonstrating the new device and describing the rationale:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM7EY_hH6qI

The new device and formula combination also has reimbursement codes already approved, and they will be launching multiple formulas inside the pouch.  They hope to launch this by April of 2018.

Here is more information:

Basic+Product+Info+Sheet+-+Ultrient

*As always, unless  clearly noted otherwise, all products I review are purchased by me, with no arrangement for compensation by the manufacturer.