What’s The Best Tube Feeding Formula?

Ask any dietitian – “What should I be eating?” and they will tell you, “a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.” After all, that’s what the USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend for every American.

Why should that answer be any different for people with feeding tubes? If they have a working digestive system, it probably shouldn’t. That is why we created meals for people with feeding tubes, each with a lean protein, whole grain, healthy fat, and a full serving of fruits and vegetables. We didn’t set out to create the “best feeding tube formula” because we believe the best “formula” is not formula at all — what is best is a wide variety of healthy foods just like everyone else should eat.

There is no secret sauce or magical elixir in our meals. In fact, you can probably find the ingredients in your kitchen! Just like oral eaters don’t eat the same food for every meal, every day, we believe that those with feeding tubes deserve variety, too, and that’s why the idea of creating just one tube feeding formula didn’t make sense to us. We hope you love all six Real Food Blends meals – see what our customers have said about the difference real food has made in their lives!

Real Food Blends meals align with the Choose My Plate model, which focuses on a diet containing a variety of healthy foods. Learn more about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Find out why so many people choose real food over formula in this two minute video.

The Best Tube Feeding Formula for You

If you are looking for the best tube feeding nutrition option for yourself or a loved one, talk to your doctor or dietitian about a blenderized diet. Real Food Blends meals are an easy way to start a blended diet, and a growing body of research supports the benefits of blended diets for people with feeding tubes of all ages. Once you try our meals, you might just find that the best tube feeding formula doesn’t exist – that what’s best is actually a diet rich in a variety of whole, real foods.

Have you or your loved one found that the best tube feeding formula is actually a blenderized diet? We’d love to hear your story – please leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Ready to try Real Food Blends? You can start by ordering a Trial Pack, which has one of each of our six meals. You can also check out our transition guide which includes a sample transition plan. However, always discuss any changes to your tube feeding diet with your medical.