Food Thickener and Mix
In this section, you’ll find different food thickeners and whey protein supplement powders that are specially formulated to make swallowing much easier and to improve the health of your aging loved one.
What are the benefits of using food thickeners?
For dysphagia or swallowing difficulties. Older adults, particularly the very elderly, may experience reduced muscle tone in the esophagus and pharynx, affecting swallowing.
Seniors with dementia may forget how to do activities of daily living, including chewing and swallowing. This increases the risk of choking or aspiration as the food or even liquid may enter the trachea (windpipe). If this happens often, the person may be at risk of having pneumonia.
Serious swallowing difficulty can also occur in patients with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, head or spinal injury, cancer of the esophagus, neck or head, reflux disease and stroke. Whatever the cause of swallowing difficulty, many experts believe that modifying a person’s diet through the use of food thickeners can be beneficial.
To improve nutrition. Aside from aspiration, other complications of swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) are dehydration and malnutrition. That is why, it is very important to choose a product that doesn’t only thicken beverage but also provide calories, protein and other important nutrients.
All products listed below are specially formulated with excellent quality protein and other nutrients. This helps a person gain weight, maintain weight and for stress, injury or surgical recovery.
Do they affect taste or flavour?
Food thickeners such as Hormel Propass, Resource ThickenUpClear, and Valens Thixer are easy-to-use powders that produce a tasteless, clear, thickened liquid.
Hormel Healthlabs Propass Protein Supplement Powder 213g
- Provides 6g of protein per scoop of high quality protein with minimal calories for improved nutrition
- Disperses easily
- Enhances the protein content of the beverage of food without changing the taste
Valens Nutrition Thixer Food Thickener 300g
- An instant food and drink thickener suitable for increasing the consistency of foods and liquid.
- Can be used as a vehicle in commonly accepted approach to decrease dysphagic difficulties and to increase bolus consistency which leads to positive changes in oral transit time, pharyngeal responsiveness, and pharyngeal pressure.
- Instantised with excellent dispersibility and solubility througout pH range
- Mixes readily with hot, cold, dry and wet food with no undersired lumps
- Microwave stable, steam-table stable and freeze-thaw stable
- Gluten and Lactose free
- Low in sodium
- No Maltodextrin or sugar added