Nutritional supplements are an efficient way to boost calories, protein and other nutrients. A 2010 review by Tanvir Ahmed and Nadim Haboubi of Nevill Hall Hospital in Wales found that oral liquid energy-dense and high-quality protein supplements increased calorie and protein intake in critically ill patients. Oral nutrition supplements were also found to increase clinical and functional outcomes.
Hormel Health Labs promotes Magic Cup as a creative way to meet the calorie needs of those at nutritional risk. It is a nutritional supplement that can be eaten as a pudding or frozen as an ice cream. Eaten with meals or in between meals as a snack, Magic Cup is a way to boost your nutritional intake. Magic Cup is an alternative to the traditional liquid supplements.
Magic Cup pack all its nutrition in 4 oz., or 1/2 cup, serving size. Magic Cup comes in four different flavors, chocolate, vanilla, orange creme and wild berry. If you have diabetes or need to monitor your carbohydrate intake, Magic Cup vanilla also comes in a no-sugar added. All varieties are gluten-free, but not appropriate for lactose-free or kosher diets.
Magic Cups are calorically dense, fitting 260 calories, for the no sugar added vanilla flavor and 290 calories, for all other flavors into one 1/2-cup serving. Approximately one-third of the calories are from fat. Fat is the most concentrated source of calories, providing 9 calories per gram, so it allows a higher calorie content at a lower volume. All original flavors contain 11 g of total fat, of which 6 g are saturated fat. The no added sugar vanilla provides 14 g of fat, of which 7 g are saturated. All flavors provide 9 g of protein. Chocolate, vanilla, orange creme and wild berry provide 30 to 35 g of sugar and no fiber. No added sugar vanilla includes 4 g of fiber to help reduce the sugar content to 10 g. In addition, Magic Cup fortifies their products with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.
High calorie supplements such as Magic Cup are beneficial if you are trying to increase your calorie intake. Advanced age, recent surgery or illness, cancer, wounds or swallowing difficulty can result in suboptimal calorie intake. Adding nutrient dense products such as oral nutrition supplements, can help you get the calories you need in a small amount of food. Magic Cup supplements are appropriate if you have dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing. You may be restricted to thicker liquids because they are easier and safer to swallow. When thawed, Magic Cup supplements are a pudding-thick consistency and acceptable for certain dysphagia diets.
Enjoy a Magic Cup supplement with your meal as a tasty and nutrition-packed dessert. Maximize your calorie intake by including Magic Cup at the time of day when you feel the best or the hungriest. If you tire or get full easily, eat a Magic Cup as a snack between meals. Add variety by trying different Magic Cup flavors or mixing two flavors together. Blend ice, milk and a Magic Cup supplement together to create a calorie-rich milkshake. Add toppings such as fruit or nuts for different textures and flavors.