Post Edited (Illini) : 12/17/2008 1:29:51 PM (GMT-7)
Good luck with the Ensure. These liquid diets can work really well to induce remission, especially if you’re willing to stick just with the formula without any other food. I’ve spoken with a man who has used Ensure Plus to keep his Crohn’s under control very successfully for years. There are also some published cases in which it was used. I wouldn’t worry too much about the sugar content. Basically, table sugar (sucrose) is a disaccharide (compound made of two simple sugars) that breaks down in the body into glucose and fructose (simple sugars). Maltodextrin, used in some of the other formulas, is simply a longer chain of sugars, made of a disaccharide, maltose (which breaks down into two glucose molecules) and dextrin (a longer chain of glucose molecules). Corn syrup also is just a long chain of glucose molecules, so none of these ingredients are very different chemically. I’ve used some of the formulas, and it’s actually not too bad to have to limit yourself to them for a while. Even though I enjoy cooking, getting every meal from a jar or can does save a lot of time. One thing, I find that my teeth stay a little cleaner if I use a straw to drink the formula (less exposure of the formula to the tooth surface).