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Patient-Reported Outcomes Indicate Plant‑Based Enteral Formula Improves Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Symptoms

Authors: Stanley Cohen, MD; Ana Ramirez, MD; Vanessa Millovich, DCN, RDN, LDN

Abstract accepted by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) and published in the March 2020 digital supplement of the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN)1.

This study investigated patient-reported outcomes of pediatric and adult users of plant-based enteral formulas containing intact or hydrolyzed pea protein. A total of 392 patients and caregivers completed the online survey.

Patients who switched to Kate Farms reported:

  • 67% improved digestive symptoms, including easier bowel movements; less reflux, abdominal discomfort, bloating, and nausea.

  • 79% feeling healthier2.

  • 86% weight gain or maintenance3.

  • 89% improved nutrition.

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1. Cohen, SA., et al. Patient-reported outcomes indicate plant-based enteral formula improves nutrition and gastrointestinal symptoms. J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2020; 44(3):275.

2. 79% of respondents reported that they strongly agreed/agreed that they felt healthier while on Kate Farms.

3. Of total respondents (n=392), 58.4% reported weight gain and 27.8% reported no change in weight.