Clinical Nutrition in Gastrointestinal Disease

Alan Buchman, MD, MSPH

Chapter 42: Adult Enteral Nutrition: Formulas And Supplements (continued)

Michele M. Gottschlich, PhD, RD

Enteral nutrition (EN) therapy has advanced significantly since ancient Egyptians first utilized rectal feedings of milk, whey, and grain broths in an effort to preserve health.1 We have entered the era whereby a broad range of medical food formulas have been created for use in a variety of conditions. Today, choices for adult EN support span from over 150 products. These substrates can vary considerably with respect to composition, cost, and efficacy. On the other hand, even subtle differences in the amounts of nutrients supplied or the sources of those nutrients may be important. It can be…