Liquid Brown

The day I started therapy, Beth Israel Med Center changed it’s recommended liquid diet to Jevity 1.5 (from Ensure?).  The little 8 oz can is called a calorically dense medical food.

The nutritional information for an 8oz can is as follows:

  • Calories 355
  • Proteins 15.1 g
  • Fat 11.8 g
  • Carbohydrate 51.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber   5.3 g
  • + 31 vitamins and minerals.

The lovely ingredients are:

  1. D Water
  2. Corn Maltodextrin,
  3. Corn Syrup Solids
  4. Sodium and Calcium Caseinates
  5. Canola Oil
  6. Corn Oil
  7. Soy Protein Isolate
  8. Fructooligosaccharides
  9. Medium Chain Triglycerides
  10. Oat Fiber
  11. Soy Fiber
  12. Potassium Citrate
  13. Calcium Phosphate
  14. Gum Arabic
  15. Sodium Citrate
  16. Magnesium Phosphate
  17. Soy Lecithin
  18. Magnesium Chloride
  19. Carboxmethylcellulose
  20. Acsorbic Acid
  21. Choune Chloride
  22. Potassium Chloride
  23. Taurine
  24. L-Carnitine
  25. Zinc Sulfate
  26. dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate
  27. Ferrous Sulfate
  28. Niacinamide
  29. CalciumPantothenate
  30. Maganese Sulfate
  31. Cupric Sulfate,
  32. Thiamine Chloride
  33. Hydrochloride
  34. Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  35. Riboflavin
  36. VitaminA Palmitate
  37. Folic Acid
  38. Biotin
  39. Chromium Chloride
  40. Sodium Molybdate
  41. Potassium Iodide
  42. Sodium Selenate
  43. Phylloquinone
  44. Cyanocobalamin
  45. Vitamin D

Congratulations to these 45 ingredients which had lined up with hundreds and hundreds of others for various auditions to make the final list.  Many new comers with new-found names, not seen in other foods, have made this cut.  I’m sure most all the ingredients are fresh and certainly long-lasting as the expiration date for this can is September, 2019.

Although you can drink the stuff, you wouldn’t want to.  The smell is not the most delectable.  It’s meant for feeding tubes.  And without making light of the ingredients, it’s fortunate that there is something nutrient dense such as Jevity is available, which beats the alternatives in a pinch.  To get two cans down the feeding tube takes minimum half hour.  The drip time is not terribly fast.  My daily quota without other foods: six cans.


4 thoughts on “Liquid Brown

  1. Stryker Warren jr.

    Fred: You have given the can far more personality than it deserves. And the name? Go figure. Wishing you a week of clinical success with minimal additional discomfort–as I know from your journal each week despite our wishes is cumulatively tougher than the previous one. Go get it Freddie!

  2. Meredith, daughter of David

    Congratulations to the chosen ingredients indeed. I can only imagine that audition process. Do they have a union? Is there a Liquid Brown Ingredients Guild? I sincerely hope they are doing their job and providing you with nutrition!! Much love to you Freddie Spaghetti.

    1. Throat Cancer 2010 Post author

      thanks meredith. but the congrats in this case go to the ingredient makers at abbott labs. i hope they are doing their jobs. good to hear from you daughter of david.


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