These are two very different formulas. The differences should be noted by clinicians and care providers, as they may significantly alter the overall metabolism of a patient.
First difference, primary sources of energy. Nourish relies extensively on organic garbanzo beans, organic starchy vegetables, and organic extra virgin olive oil. This provides the majority of the formula’s calories from low fructose vegetables and an exceptionally high quality olive oil with significant anti-inflammatory attributes. We feel that based on scientific research (1,2,3,4) it is beneficial to have the lowest fructose content possible while still utilizing a vegetable-based recipe.
Our goal has always been to have our formulas provide a low percentage of calories in the form of sugar, regardless of whether they are added or “naturally occurring”. We feel strongly that large amounts of naturally occurring sugar, particularly those rich in fructose such as with fruit purees, is an unnecessary metabolic risk for the production of excess uric acid (5).
Nourish contains only 7 grams of sugar, primarily from sweet potatoes, carrots, and peas. This represents 7% of calories and the formula contains well under 2 grams of fructose. Nestle’s Organic Compleat Pediatric formula contains 17 grams of sugar, much of which comes from mango or pear purees, both of which have high percentages of their overall sugar in the form of fructose. This represents 19% of calories in the way of sugar. The Nestle Organic Compleat pediatric nutrition profile does not have the fructose content of its formulas available at this time.
Second major difference, Nourish does not use chicken as a protein source. We feel that it is better to avoid the significant amounts of omega 6 fatty acids found in chicken, particularly the dark meat used in Nestle Organic Compleat formulas. Although essential in very small amounts, larger amounts of the omega 6-fatty acid, arachidonic acid (AA), produces more inflammation. The dark meat of chicken is one of the richest sources of archidonic acid (6,7). Nestle Organic Compleat does not have information available at this time regarding the omega fatty acids in their formula.
Third major difference, Nourish contains 400 calories per pouch and Nestle Organic Compleat Pediatric formula contains 360 calories.
~ John Bagnulo MPH, PhD.
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