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About ProNourish® Nutritional Drink

A: It all started with a map. Can you imagine having to map every bathroom between your home and your office or your office and your child’s school?   This is exactly what one mom we met had to do, given the unpredictability of her digestive issues.  Hearing her story and so many others about the disruption digestive issues were causing in the lives of our friends compelled us to act.

The issue was clear: 80 million people—one third of the U.S. adult population—is living with digestive discomfort. As a small team within a big company, we had the opportunity to use Nestlé Health Science’s resources to deliver on the mission of enhancing people’s lives through nutritional solutions to help those with digestive sensitivities.

Emerging clinical evidence provided a starting point: Specific types of carbohydrates called FODMAPs can have a direct link with some people’s gastrointestinal symptoms. We focused on creating a nutritional option that avoided FODMAPs AND delivered on taste.

ProNourish® Drink was carefully formulated based on feedback from Monash University—the creators of the Low FODMAP diet—and an advisory board of expert GI dietitians, physicians and scientists. The end result was a delicious, complete nutritional drink that fully complies with the Low FODMAP diet.

This is just the beginning. Rick, Barb and the rest of the team are deeply committed to increasing support for the millions impacted by digestive troubles. And they hope that more and more people will discover how ProNourish® products can help provide peace of mind and support finding digestive balance.
A: FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols) are specific types of carbohydrates that can be difficult for some people to digest.  
A: The low FODMAP diet was developed by researchers at Monash University in Australia. A team of scientists (Gastroenterologists and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists [RDNs]) discovered that foods high in FODMAPs can trigger gastrointestinal symptoms in people with digestive sensitivities.
A: While ProNourish® was formulated to be compliant with a low FODMAP diet for people with food intolerance, anyone can enjoy ProNourish® drinks as a nutritious snack or mini-meal.
A: Several websites are great resources for learning more about a low FODMAP diet, including Low FODMAP CentralMonash UniversityMy Nutrition Health, For A Digestive Peace Of Mind and IBS – Free At Last 
A: No. With only 170 calories per 8 fl oz bottle, ProNourish® drink is appropriate as a mini-meal or snack.
A: Yes, milk protein concentrate (MPC) is low FODMAP. The “D” in FODMAP is specific to the disaccharide lactose. So foods containing lactose (e.g., non-fat milk, 1% milk, 2% milk, whole milk, yogurt, etc) are considered high FODMAP. An ingredient like MPC is a source of concentrated protein, as the lactose is removed during processing. Note that the Low FODMAP diet is not a dairy-free diet—it’s a diet that limits lactose from dairy. 
A: Yes, soy protein isolate is low FODMAP. The “O” in FODMAP is specific to oligosaccharides (fructans and galactooligosaccharides [GOS]). Soy products can be a source of oligosaccharides if they contain carbohydrates. An ingredient like soy protein isolate is a source of concentrated protein as the fructans/GOS are removed during processing. However, products that are made with ground soybeans such as soy milk or soy flour contain fructans/GOS, which are high FODMAP. Note that the Low FODMAP diet is not a soy-free diet, it’s a diet that limits sources of whole soybeans but not all soy.
A: ProNourish® Drink contains 6g of sugar per 8 fl oz bottle.
A: ProNourish® Drink uses cane sugar and sucralose as sweeteners.
A: Non-nutritive sweeteners such as sucralose are not FODMAPs, and therefore can be used on a low FODMAP diet. If sucralose bothers you, it is not because it contains FODMAPs. Non-nutritive sweeteners are often used to help limit added sugars while adding sweetness.  With only 6g of sugar in each ProNourish® Drink, a small amount of sucralose provides additional sweetness for a great-tasting nutritional drink that is also low in FODMAPs.

About ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber

A: Fibre supplements may also contain high FODMAP ingredients (such as inulin or chicory root).  Therefore, it is important that you carefully read the nutrition labels if you are looking for a fibre supplement that is also low in FODMAPs. One example of a low FODMAP fibre is guar galactomannan/PHGG (partially hydrolysed guar gum). Ensure adequate water is consumed with all fibre supplements and ensure fibre is added gradually to the diet.
A: Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that our body does not digest. Instead, fibre is fermented by bacteria in the gut. In this way, there is a lot of overlap between foods that are high in fibre and foods that are high FODMAPs. However, there are many different types of fibres and therefore the FODMAP levels will differ. It is important to eat adequate amounts of fibre-containing foods while you are on a low FODMAP diet to avoid constipation. One example of a low FODMAP fibre is guar galactomannan/PHGG (partially hydrolysed guar gum).
A: ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber is a plant-based daily gentle fiber supplement that is made from 100% partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG) with 3 g of fiber per 1 Tbsp. serving (1 scoop). ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber is unflavored, lactose-free, gluten-free and Monash University Low FODMAP Certified. It can be mixed with a wide variety of foods and beverages. Two or more servings of ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber can support digestive health and regularity.*

A: ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber is unflavored.
A: Two or more servings of ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber can support digestive health and regularity.* Gradual inclusion of ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber is recommended. Start with one serving (1 scoop) per day and increase by one scoop every third day as tolerated, up to a maximum of six scoops per day.

A: ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber can be used as an everyday fiber supplement by people who are looking to supplement fiber in their diet, including those who are following a Low FODMAP diet.
A: Two or more servings of ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber can support digestive health and regularity.* Gradual inclusion of ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber is recommended. Start with one serving (1 scoop) per day and increase by one scoop every third day as tolerated, up to a maximum of six scoops per day. The time it will take to affect occasional constipation varies from person to person.

A: Each 1 Tbsp. serving (1 scoop) of ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber provides 3 g of fiber.
A: FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols) are specific types of short-chain carbohydrates that can trigger digestive discomfort (such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and gas) in some people. ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber with 100% Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum (PHGG) is Monash University Low FODMAP Certified.

A: Mix, shake or blend 1 scoop or 1 Tablespoon into at least 4 fl oz of any hot or cold beverage until ProNourish® Digestive Balance Fiber is completely dissolved.

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