Guest Author - Bonnie Sayers
This was the third product I tried for getting my son a nutritional supplement. We started with Ensure Plus that was also covered by Insurance and then went to the Soy Max Vanilla Drink Mix that was pleasing to smell and had a nice froth, but was a pain to mix into the soymilk carton on a daily basis.
I had remembered from long ago seeing the Naturade Total Soy™ Ready To Drink Meal at Sav-On when I first purchased some six-packs of Ensure. They are regularly priced at $9.99 for the six pack and available in a french vanilla flavor my son consumes. Each can consists of ten fluid ounces, two more than the major products geared for maintaining weight and nutritional supplementation. Quite often you can find these six-packs on sale at Sav-On for $7.99.
There are two hundred calories in each can, thirty from fat along with 13 grams of protein, fifteen percentage of the daily value for iron, Calcium, Vitamin E, Zinc and Vitamin C are at 35%. There is no cholesterol, twenty grams of sugar, 31 for Carbohydrates, Potassium is 500 mg and Sodium at 240 mg. There are some other vitamins at 25% and a few at 15%.
The ingredients consist of water, corn syrup,, soybean oil, sugar, and natural flavors along with many others too long to list or comprehend. Shake well each can before opening and refrigerate unused portion. I would stock a six-pack in my refrigerator at all times and then combine it to the soymilk carton for my son to consume. I did lots of research before deciding on Naturade Total Soy™ Ready To Drink Meal.
I went to their website and printed out the nutritional data. I brought it to the Dietitian working with my son at the feeding clinic where we compared it to the other two products. It was decided that two cans a day would be sufficient for him to meet his daily nutritional needs. This may also reduce the risk of heart disease and can be used as a low-fat meal replacement.
Checking with your Doctor beforehand would be a good idea if you plan on having this regularly. This is also gluten-free (good for those who are autistic and special needs), lactose-free, no msg, yeast free, no egg, dairy or animal derivatives, suitable for vegetarians and no aspartame.
My son had no problems with consuming two cans a day, this is very creamy and appealing scent wise. This shake makes up half of your daily requirements of 25 vitamins and minerals. I would check with your Hospital or Medical Group pharmacy and see if this can be covered by insurance.
I received a three-month supply through Insurance. My son receives Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) and gets Medi-cal through the State of California. We chose an HMO plan since they cover the Huggies Goodnites, where the straight Medi-cal only offers a generic pull-up.
I would suggest trying this for anyone that has a special needs child or adult and is not sensitive to soy. My son has maintained his weight and is in the proper category for his age. Made in U.S.A.
While my son no longer consumes this drink, it was very beneficial in getting his weight stabilized. At one point a few years ago my nonverbal autistic son was severely anemic, Hospitalized a few times for Dehydration and considered malnourished. One of his therapists had insisted on his needing a g-tube.
During one of the Hospital stays a Nurse helped me learn about g-tubes by introducing me to another parent whose child was fed through a tube. I was able to watch and learn from this parent. I also borrowed a video from the Regional Center library to get over my anxiety with this possibility. I joined a yahoo feeding group and learned a lot about what is involved with tube feeding. In the end the therapist was the only one who thought my son needed one, so we changed therapists.
My son now weighs 68 pounds at nine years of age.
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