Learn about enteral nutrition

Here are some articles to help you understand more about enteral nutrition.


What is enteral nutrition?

Enteral nutrition is providing nutrients in liquid form through a feeding tube using the enteral (gastrointestinal tract, or GI) system. This is in contrast to parenteral feeding, where nutrients are given intravenously directly into the bloodstream. Generally, enteral feeding is preferred over parenteral feeding because it’s considered safer, helps the body’s digestive system continue to function and allows for a better absorption of nutrients.  [READ MORE] 


What types of feeding tubes are available?

People who are unable to eat food normally can receive the nutrition they need through a feeding tube. Receiving food through a tube is called enteral nutrition. Feeding tubes come in a variety of options.  [READ MORE] 


How does a feeding tube work?

For people with certain medical conditions who are unable to eat by mouth, feeding tubes can provide the nutrients they need to survive while continuing to use and preserve the functionality of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract. This type of enteral (using the GI tract) nutrition is often achieved via ETF (enteral tube feeding). [READ MORE] 


Specialty Infant Formulas 101

For babies with certain food allergies and/or gastrointestinal concerns, your health care provider may recommend a specialty infant formula. These formulas are specifically designed to address a range of health conditions to help your baby get the nutrients he or she needs. It’s important to note that in many states health insurance providers are required to cover these formulas. [READ MORE]  


Metabolic disorders & formulas

The process of digestion involves the body using chemical reactions to break down food into energy. Food contains proteins, carbohydrates and fats that your digestive system converts into fuel in the form of sugar and acids. [READ MORE]


Commonly asked questions nutrition & enteral tube feeding

What is enteral nutrition? In general, enteral nutrition is the administration of liquids to provide nutrition, especially in those with medical conditions that inhibit them from swallowing or taking in their food by mouth. [READ MORE]  


Dysphagia & nutrition thickeners

Swallowing involves a complex process of muscles and nerves working together. When people have difficulties swallowing, it’s called dysphagia. Difficulty swallowing can lead to other medical complications, such as upper respiratory infections, dehydration and malnutrition. [READ MORE]