Clinical Nutrition

Clinical nutrition

Improve the lives of those with specific nutritional needs. Deliver prebiotic fibers that help support digestive and immune health. Provide dysphagia patients with safer and better eating and drinking experiences. Our broad portfolio of industry-changing dysphagia thickening starches can help caregivers deliver the important nutrients their patients need — more easily. 

Our UNI-PURE® Dys-sperse dysphagia thickener and NATIONAL™ 77-1760 starch thickener combine the positive attributes of starches and gums in an instant, easy-to-use ingredient that thickens any liquid — hot or cold — to one of three different viscosity/texture levels. The thickeners can preserve the flavor and aroma of foods and beverages that patients yearn to enjoy — and can help thickened drinks and foods stay stable over time.

When it comes to medical sip and tube feeds, the right nutritional carbohydrate source is key. Our CRYSTAL TEX® LTF dextrin is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates. The ingredient can be used at high levels (20%) — keeping the viscosity low and enabling easy tube flow — to provide the required nutritional balance.

NUTRAFLORA® prebiotic fiber helps increase the level of good bacteria in the gut and is scientifically proven to support digestive and immune health[1]. What’s more, it’s one of the most effective prebiotic fibers on the market today.

As the needs of today’s health-compromised individuals continue to grow — including the elderly, infants and young children — we’re pushing the boundaries of ingredient science to find new answers in medical nutrition. Rely on our thickener formulation expertise to help you deliver safe, cost-effective foods and beverages to your customers. Our teams of technical and market experts at Ingredion Idea Labs™ innovation centers are ready to help you take your products to the next level. 

[1] Hidaka K, Eida T, Takizawa T, Tokunaga T, Tashiro Y. Effects of fructooligosaccharides on intestinal flora and human health. Bifidobacteria Microflora 1986 5(1):37-50. Additional citations available upon request.