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IDDSI Launching in United States- May 2019

Last month it was announced at the 2018 Food and Nutrition Expo and Conference that IDDSI would begin implementation in the USA starting in May of 2019. The international dysphagia diet standardization initiative is a global effort to standardized the way we label and categorize the consistencies of the dysphagia diet.  The objectives are as follows: […]

Cafe Puree and the Low Sodium Diet

Dysphagia affects 1 in 25 Americans each year. While many require a modified texture diet we often aren’t considering other necessary diet interventions.   With the prevalence of heart disease continuing to rise in the US, a lower sodium diet is often required. But what happens when the two worlds collide? As healthcare professionals your responsibility […]

Banana Flakes and Prebiotic Fiber to Control Diarrhea

Banatrol Plus, containing dehydrated banana flakes and Bimuno prebiotic,  is the #1 nutritional solution for diarrhea from C diff, antibiotics, tube feeding, infectious disease and the side effects of chemo and radiation therapy. Bananas are a unique fiber source and have long been used as part of the “BRAT” diet for the management of diarrhea. […]

Malnutrition Awareness Week- September 24-28, 2018

Join the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) September 24-28, 2018 for their seventh annual Malnutrition Awareness Week (TM). Malnutrition Awareness Week is a multi- organizational, multi-pronged campaign created by ASPEN to: • Educate healthcare professionals to identify and treat for malnutrition earlier • Educate consumers/patients to discuss their nutrition status with healthcare […]

What counts as fluid?

A common question regarding Gelatein, a high protein oral nutrition supplement, is “does Gelatein count as a fluid” similar to that of a traditional gelatin dessert. The percentage of water in Gelatein 20 and Gelatein Plus are as follows: Gelatein 20’s – average = 80.31%- 3.2 ounces per 4 oz. cup. Gelatein Plus –  Average […]

Nutrition Intervention in the Burn Population

Nutrition plays a major role in the treatment and resolution of burns.  Navigating the healing process can be challenging with the prevalence of physiological changes that patients also experience.  While preservation of lean body mass is top priority, we must also keep in mind immune system function and its ability to fight off infection, which […]

Improving Intake with the Dysphagia Diet

It is estimated that one in twenty- five adults will experience a swallowing problem (dysphagia) in the US.  While diagnosis and treatment may vary, intervention and symptom management remain fairly consistent. Dietary intervention is often dependent upon the origin of swallowing problem, but most commonly includes a modification of food texture and beverage thickness to reduce […]

Nutrition in the ICU: Understanding the Caloric Balance

Patients in the ICU on mechanical ventilation are at increased health risk if they are continuously overfed. Overfeeding can lead to and hypercapnia making it more difficult to be weaned off the ventilator. Overfeeding can also lead to complications as well as exacerbation of current conditions. Patients who are malnourished may experience issues with refeeding syndrome if […]

FDA Announces Updates to Dietary Fiber List

On June 14, 2018 the FDA announced that it will expand their definition of dietary fiber. In 2016 the FDA made a decision to redefine the term dietary fiber, taking the category from over 26 sources of dietary fiber to 7.  The new change had mixed reviews.  Some thought the shift would make understanding fiber’s […]

Barriers of Bariatric Surgery

  The obesity epidemic continues to affect our population both in the US and worldwide. While there are constant and continuous initiatives to aid in the reversal and management of this dilemma some patients need more support than the traditional intervention program can provide. For patients requiring more aggressive intervention, bariatric surgery may be a […]