Optimum works for me
Due to stress from life altering circumstance, I found myself just not ever feeling hungry, my BP was a risky high and depression also played a part.
My dr advised me to take Sustagen optimum as it can be used as a meal replacement and even tho' I eat very little, I no longer feel hungry/nauseous and have more energy.
There's only 8% sugars in the recommended dosage ( those saying that it's 50% are not right )
I would advise others with poor appetite to talk to their drs first to explore the possible reasons for not being able to enjoy their...
This stuff has been keeping me alive for the last few months
I use the hospital active coffee flavour as its the easiest to drink. . but it still starts to taste icky after a little while if you actually know what coffee tastes like so i add a little decaf coffee powder for taste. We use a protein shaker with a mixer ball to help mix this up and i like it best mixed with cold water and ice. Ive been struggling with some kind of sinus or throat infection which has messed with my appetite and is making it almost impossible to eat and this stuff has kept me alive. I was so weak initially that i could barely...walk but having this twice a day along with some V8 juice and powerade plus whatever real food that i can manage to get down is keeping me going so the doctors can figure out what is wrong. Ive got zero complaints. My hubby mixes them in the morning so i just have to grab them from the fridge and drink. Also, as a lupus sufferer with digestive issues. . . . ive had almost no digestive pain while on the sustagen and usually i have a lot.
Re Sustagen Hospital Vanilla.
I was under the impression that Sustagen Hospital Vanilla was not as noticeably sweet in the past as it is now. I know now that it is not my imagination and that it is a lot sweeter than it was 12 months ago when I was taking it as a dietary supplement for quite a while and it did accomplish what it was supposed to do.
Changed taste of Vanilla
Used Sustagen Hospital Strength Vanilla in the past in the blue can which has been updated/replaced with new Sustagen Hospital Strength Active Vanilla which has a VERY strong taste bordering on a caramel flavour to it to my tastebuds & I did notice a slightly smaller can size as well - 840g from previous 900g. I used to actually like the original taste of the Vanilla but now the taste is nowhere near as nice tasting. I also noticed the powder mixes differently into the milk as well - frothing on top differently. Not sure why Nestle had to chan...ge what was always a great product. Alarmed at jump in sugar content which is clearly the taste change - NOT necessary. I might try the Natural flavour to see if its less sweet. Please Nestle change it back & stop being stingy as well - back to 900g too!
Correcting misconceptions about the product
From a dietetics point of view, the product is of great use in the hospital setting. Despite certain beliefs, the hospital formula does contain vital nutrients required for optimal recovery in patients. Some of the suggested comments have said that the product can be easily replaced with a glass of milk and fruit, but this is narrow-minded thinking. The product is not only used for 'general health' purposes. In fact, specialists in the field (who are in-fact nutritionally educated) use this product for those who are malnourished, require entera...l feeding or oral nutrition support, or are hypermetabolic. Therefore, the added sugars, vitamins, milk powder and minerals actually serve a purpose for those patients who cannot eat solid foods (i.e. tube fed, mouth ulcers, swallowing difficulty, lack of teeth, malabsorption, risk of aspiration etc..) or have higher protein and energy requirements due to an energy-taxing medical condition. So before you disrespect professionals in the field who know what they are doing, I highly recommend you keep your insults to yourself.
Most effective food replacement
I went through a major operation was unable to eat solid food or even a drink 4 ten days due to a ruptured esophagus. This drink was the only product that i was able to consume Vanilla was great compared to the more sickly flavours make sure it is the hospital version. Ensure is another brand at the chemist great flavour a bit more expensive.
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It's been the best thing for my child
My child battles to pick up weight. (Wish I had the same problem ;-)) We have been from carbs to full creams and more (meats) protein diets and nothing works like sustagen. She trains really hard and we have found that sustagen helps her through "tough" training. The doctor and dietician also suggested to drink it after a muscle injury that didn't want to heal. We feel that it did the job and I will recommend it to people doing "real"training.
This product is a scam!
Calling this a 'Hospital Formula' is such a scam. This product is just dried milk, sugar and a fairy sprinkle of synthetic vitamins. You would be better off having a glass of milk and a piece of fruit. It is NOT healthy. Synthetic vitamins, at the level in this product, do not encourage healthy eating or promote health. If you want the extra vitamins/minerals you are better off taking a multivitamin/mineral tablet (with the milk and fruit!). The fact that doctors and nurses promote this in hospitals is such a scam and shows their level of nutritional knowledge is so inadequate (do they get kick backs I wonder?).
New vanilla fibre - Optimum
I have always used Optimum and have found it brilliant. I had to buy the new vanilla the other day because Optimum was out of stock and found it too hard to digest. I don't know why but it just didn't agree with me. Fortunately I've gone back to Optimum with no problems qgain.
February 5th 2018 Update: Sustagen Hospital Formula
I use Sustagen everyday. I feel it has kept me healthy throughout my illnesses and I have tried the new vanilla and coffee flavours. They are fantastic.
Questions & Answers
Is having sustagen for dinner a healthy eating behaviour?
Sustagen Optimum ( which I use) can be used in place of a meal if you have no appetite thru' illness or stress
It's not part of a fad /slimming diet ... it contains all the vitamins and minerals you'd normally get in a healthy meal, I've not gained or lost weight after 4 mnths but I do have more energy and feel better after months of little and very poor appetite
can sustagen hospital formula cause stomach upset/pain
My husband has COPD. Is sustagen hospital formula ok for him. As he is not eating as much as he used to.
Hi there I have been using Sustagen Hospital Formula for over 2 years as a supplement to my diet. I have difficulty eating because my mouth opening is restricted as a result of radiation damage following surgery to remove a cancer in my palate. The Sustagen was recommended by hospital nutritionists and has enabled me to maintain my weight. I prefer the vanilla as opposed to chocolate flavour. I use full cream milk and add plain Greek yoghurt, fruit (banana or mixed berries) and a weetbix. This gives me a beaut smoothie which is full of goodness and easy to drink. If this is too rich for your husband add a little cold water. Good luck. Vicky Edema
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