What are oral nutritional supplements?
Oral nutritional supplements contain energy (calories), protein, vitamins and minerals. They are specially designed for people who may not be able to eat enough food to meet their body’s daily needs for energy and nutrients because of illness. Most oral nutritional supplements are flavoured liquid drinks; they are sometimes called ‘sip feeds’ because people tend to sip them. Oral nutritional supplements also come as powders that are made up into drinks or are added to drinks or foods like tea, coffee, custard and cereal. There are also some dessert-style or soup style oral nutritional supplements. The idea is to have a range of tastes and textures so that everyone who needs them can find something they like.