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Nutrients 2018, 10(6), 742; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10060742

The Important Role of Carbohydrates in the Flavor, Function, and Formulation of Oral Nutritional Supplements

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FONA International, Geneva, IL 60134, USA
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Flavor Research and Education Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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Abbott Nutrition, Columbus, OH 43219, USA
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Nutrition Consultant, Abbott Nutrition, Columbus, OH 43219, USA
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Received: 25 May 2018 / Revised: 31 May 2018 / Accepted: 4 June 2018 / Published: 8 June 2018
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Abstract

Patients who are malnourished or at-risk for malnutrition often benefit from the consumption of oral nutritional supplements (ONS). ONS supply a range of micro- and macro-nutrients, and they can be used to supplement a diet or provide total nutrition. Since ONS are specially formulated products, all ONS ingredients—including carbohydrates—are added ingredients. This may seem to be at odds with the growing public health discourse on the need to reduce “added sugars” in the diet. However, carbohydrate is an essential nutrient for human health and is a critical ingredient in ONS. Helping to educate patients on the value of “added sugars” in ONS may be useful to improve compliance with nutritional recommendations when ONS are indicated. This perspective paper reviews the important roles of “added sugars” in ONS, in terms of flavor, function, and product formulation. View Full-Text
Keywords: oral nutritional supplements; carbohydrates; added sugar; nutrition policy; nutrition labeling oral nutritional supplements; carbohydrates; added sugar; nutrition policy; nutrition labeling
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Kokkinidou, S.; Peterson, D.; Bloch, T.; Bronston, A. The Important Role of Carbohydrates in the Flavor, Function, and Formulation of Oral Nutritional Supplements. Nutrients 2018, 10, 742.

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