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Frequently Asked Questions
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: The low FODMAP diet is an exclusion diet recommended by healthcare professionals for people with digestive sensitivities, including people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  
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: ProNourish® drink is the first mass-marketed, low FODMAP nutritional drink to be launched in the United States.
A: No. With only 170 calories per 8 fl oz bottle, ProNourish® drink is appropriate as a mini-meal or snack.
A: No. ProNourish® drinks are not a medicinal product and should not be used to cure, treat or manage any condition or disease. ProNourish® drinks are low in FODMAPs and can be used as a snack or mini-meal as part of a Low FODMAP diet. Please call us at 1-800-558-6991 and/or visit your health care professional if you have any questions.
A: Yes, its ingredients were carefully selected to be low in FODMAPs and it does not contain sugar alcohols, high fructose corn syrup, inulin or fructooligosaccharides. It’s suitable for people with lactose intolerance, but not those with galactosemia. ProNourish® Drink is Low FODMAP Certified by Monash University*.
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.
  • ProNourish® Drink is nationally distributed and can be found in the diet management section of a store near you, next to brands such as SlimFast® and Atkins®. SlimFast is a registered trademark of KSF Acquisition Corporation. Atkins is a registered trademark of Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
  • Please visit our store locator https://www.pronourish.com/find-us to find a store near you. Or buy online at Nestle Nutrition Store or Amazon.
  • Call your local store and ask if they can find ProNourish® Drinks in the diet management section.
A: ProNourish® Drink contains 6g of sugar per 8 fl oz bottle.
A: ProNourish® Drink uses cane sugar and sucralose as sweeteners.
A: Yes, cane sugar or table sugar is low FODMAP. The “M” in FODMAP is specific to the monosaccharide fructose (an excess of glucose). Since cane sugar provides a 1-to-1 ratio of fructose to glucose, it is not considered high FODMAP. Products that contain high fructose corn syrup or honey are high FODMAP. 
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.
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).


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