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ALS Worldwide
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ALS Worldwide
August 20, 2015

Path Towards Health and Strength Through Diet

Following a healthy diet and increasing weight are both important ways those with ALS/MND can maintain strength and energy. Higher caloric intake, healthy nutritional foods and effective supplements, such as those listed here, can provide excellent support. When eating even blenderized foods becomes difficult, a swallow test at an ALS/MND Clinic can help identify when supplementary support may be needed.  MIC-KEY gastronomy feeding tube is an excellent option that is unobtrusive and easy to use. The following information is a guideline for maintaining and, hopefully, increasing weight.

Recommendations for Maintaining Weight:

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals, preferably 6 times a day.
  • Nutritional supplements, such as those below, can count for 2 or even 3 meals.
  • Substitute soy or rice-based products for dairy to avoid phlegm build-up 
  • Use yogurt, cottage cheese, and ice cream in smoothies and milkshakes
  • Add 1-3 tsp of vegetable oil to milkshakes or smoothies.
  • Drink higher calorie beverages
  • Bllenderize foods to maintain flavor, thinning with broths, creamed soups, gravy, vegetable juice
  • Add Horlick's Malted Milk powder to food and beverages
  • Enjoy hot cereals of wheat, rice or grits
  • Marbled red meat
  • Avacado and tropical fruits (mango, papaya, pineapple, guava, fig)
  • Natural granola with full fat yogurt, honey and/or fruit toppings
  • Vegetable, olive, safflower, coconut and peanut oils 
  • Potatoes and full fat cheeses

Excellent Options for Nutritional Support:

BOOST VHC (NestleHealthScience):

530 calories/8 oz serving, 22 grams of protein, 26 vitamins and minerals. Appropriate for lactose intolerant, gluten-free, low-residue, kosher and fluid-restricted diets. Can be used for both oral and tube.
 
Cost: USD$54 for 24-pack when placed on automatic re-order. Includes shipping.
 
Flavor: Vanilla
 

Resource 2.0 (NestleHealthScience):

480 calories/8 oz serving, 20 grams of protein, 26 vitamins and minerals.  Appropriate for lactose intolerant, gluten-free, low-residue and kosher diets.  Can be used for both oral and tube feeding.
 
Cost: USD$54 for 24-pack when placed on automatic re-order. Includes shipping.
 
Flavor: Vanilla. 
 

TWOCAL HN (Abbott Nutrition):

475 calories/8 oz serving, 20 grams of protein,18 vitamins and minerals. Appropriate for lactose intolerant, gluten-free, low-residue and kosher diets. Can be used for both oral and tube feeding.
 
Cost: USD$39 for 24-pack. Includes shipping if total order exceeds USD$100.
 
Flavor: Vanilla and butter pecan. 
 

SUPLIMED SUBSTI-MEAL (SupliMed Nutrients):

508 calories/serving when mixed with 8 oz. water, 667 calories when mixed with 8 oz. whole milk, 23 grams of protein, 19 vitamins and minerals. Appropriate for lactose intolerant, wheat-free, low-residue, cholesterol-free (when mixed with water) and kosher diets. Can be used for both oral and tube feeding.
 
Cost: USD$50 for 64oz (15 servings)+$15 shipping or $188 for 4x64oz (60 servings)+$20 shipping.
 
Flavors: Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla cream
 

BENECALORIE (NestleHealthScience):

330 calories/1.5 oz. serving, 7grams of protein, vitamins C,E. Appropriate for lactose intolerant, gluten-free, low-residue, kosher and cholesterol-free diets. USE UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION.
Mix into milkshakes or nutritional supplements, yogurt, cereal, mashed potatoes and foods easily consumed   
For oral use only.  Not for use with feeding tubes.

Cost: USD$41 for 24-pack when placed on automatic re-order. Includes shipping if total order exceeds USD$50.

Flavor: None