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Revista de Nutrição

versão On-line ISSN 1678-9865

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BENTO, Ana Paula Lança; GARCIA, Rosa Wanda DIEZ  e  JORDAO JUNIOR, Alceu Afonso. Blenderized feeding formulas with nutritious and inexpensive foods. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.4, pp.525-534. ISSN 1678-9865.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1678-98652017000400011.

Objective:

To propose an inexpensive blenderized tube feeding formula consisting of foods with standard nutritional composition that meets the nutritional requirements of individuals aged more than 51 years.

Methods:

The enteral diets were formulated mainly with fresh foods and tested for their physical (homogeneity, stability, osmolality, pH, and flow rate) and chemical (moisture, ash, protein, lipids, energy, crude fiber, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc) characteristics. The cost was determined by surveying item prices in supermarkets and stores that specialize in nutritional support.

Results:

The blenderized tube feeding formula was stable and homogeneous, and had slightly acidic pH, hypertonic osmolality (603mOsm/kg), and flow rate comparable with gravity drip (21 minutes). Proximate composition analysis indicated appropriate levels of proteins, lipids, vitamin C, and zinc. The mean cost of 2000kcal of the standard blenderized tube feeding formula was R$ 12.3±1.4, which is 70% cheaper than the mean cost of similar commercial enteral formulas.

Conclusion:

The planned diet can be an excellent choice for patients using blenderized tube feeding formulas as it consisted of habitual food items, had physical and nutritional quality, and was inexpensive.

Palavras-chave : Cost and cost analysis; Diet; Enteral nutrition.

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