FAQ

A shift towards health and longevity worldwide has led to a host of interesting health questions. We believe that a knowledgable consumer is a healthier one. This is why you deserve to know what you’re putting into your body, and what we’re putting into our products.

For your convenience, interest and peace of mind, we’ve compiled these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

If you think there’s a couple we’ve missed, you’re more than welcome to keep us on our toes and ask us!

A Look Inside Our Products

Why does FUTURELIFE® ZERO still have sugar listed in its nutritional table?

FUTURELIFE® ZERO is formulated with no added cane sugar. It is formulated with milk powder and contains raw materials soya, maize and rice. Milk contains a naturally occurring sugar named lactose. And maize and rice naturally contains sugar in the form of sucrose.

Let me explain further, there are different forms of carbohydrates namely simple and complex carbohydrates.

Simple carbohydrates are classified in two groups namely:

  1. Monosaccharides eg. glucose, fructose and galactose
  2. Disaccharide eg Sucrose, maltose and lactose

Complex carbohydrates are classified into one group namely:

  1. Polysaccharides eg starch and fibre

In the nutritional table on food labels, all the carbohydrates (simple and complex carbohydrates) are classified together as Glycemic Carbohydrates. The term Total sugar are used as a collective term for all the simple carbohydrates (monosaccharides and disaccharides). When the product is sent to an independent and accredited laboratory the food is tested for all of the sugars mentioned above: glucose, fructose, galactose, sucrose, maltose and lactose. The results are displayed on the nutritional content table as total sugar and then underneath total sugar by the type of sugar will be specified like sucrose and lactose.  For example see table 1.

Table 1: Glycemic Carbohydrate section of Nutritional content table FUTURELIFE® Zero Smart Food™:

Nutrient Per 100g Per 40g serving
Glycemic Carbohydrate           g 55 20
Of which Total Sugar                g 7 2.8
*Of which Sucrose                    g 2 0.8
*Of which Lactose                      g 5 2

Although FUTURELIFE® ZERO contains no added cane sugar, the total sugar on the nutritional content table still indicates there is naturally occurring sugar in the product from milk powder and other raw ingredients used to formulate the product. Take note that FUTURELIFE® ZERO with OATS also contains zero added cane sugar, but doesn’t contain milk powder and therefore is lactose free, reducing the total naturally occurring sugars down to 1.9g sucrose per 100g.

Why does FUTURELIFE ZERO still have sugar listed on its nutritional table. ?

FUTURELIFE® ZERO is formulated with no added cane sugar. It is formulated with milk powder and contains raw materials soya, maize and rice. Milk contains a naturally occurring sugar named lactose. And maize and rice naturally contains sugar in the form of sucrose.

Let me explain further, there are different forms of carbohydrates namely simple and complex carbohydrates.

Simple carbohydrates are classified in two groups namely:

  1. Monosaccharides eg. glucose, fructose and galactose
  2. Disaccharide eg Sucrose, maltose and lactose

Complex carbohydrates are classified into one group namely:

  1. Polysaccharides eg starch and fibre

In the nutritional table on food labels, all the carbohydrates (simple and complex carbohydrates) are classified together as Glycemic Carbohydrates. The term Total sugar are used as a collective term for all the simple carbohydrates (monosaccharides and disaccharides). When the product is sent to an independent and accredited laboratory the food is tested for all of the sugars mentioned above: glucose, fructose, galactose, sucrose, maltose and lactose. The results are displayed on the nutritional content table as total sugar and then underneath total sugar by the type of sugar will be specified like sucrose and lactose.  For example see table 1.

Table 1: Glycemic Carbohydrate section of Nutritional content table FUTURELIFE® Zero Smart Food™:

Nutrient Per 100g Per 40g serving
Glycemic Carbohydrate           g 55 20
Of which Total Sugar                g 7 2.8
*Of which Sucrose                    g 2 0.8
*Of which Lactose                      g 5 2

Although FUTURELIFE® ZERO contains no added cane sugar, the total sugar on the nutritional content table still indicates there is naturally occurring sugar in the product from milk powder and other raw ingredients used to formulate the product. Take note that FUTURELIFE® ZERO with OATS also contains zero added cane sugar, but doesn’t contain milk powder and therefore is lactose free, reducing the total naturally occurring sugars down to 1.9g sucrose per 100g.

The FUTURELIFE® product range contains Soya; is soya safe?

The FUTURELIFE® product range contains Soya, is soya safe?

Whether Soya is safe for human consumption is a current topical debate. FUTURELIFE® has done extensive research to determine what facts are evidence-based and what are not to allow us to address the public’s concerns. Our conclusion from the evidence shows that SmartSoya® used in FUTURELIFE® product range is perfectly safe and in fact beneficial for a person’s health.

There is a common misconception amongst the public that soya contains Oestrogen and many people are unaware what Phytoestrogens and Isoflavones found in soya are.  Soya foods contain complex mixtures of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and bio-active compounds including Soya Isoflavones. Phytoestrogen is one of the Isoflavones found in soya.  It has a similar chemical structure to human Oestrogen.  However it is important to note that the Soya Phytoestrogens act differently in the human body and should not be compared to Oestrogen.  Isoflavones are bioactive compounds that may improve the health of arteries, prevent certain cancers, and reduce bone loss and therefore can be of benefit to ones’ health. As a common concern for our male consumers, Oestrogens are not found in Soya foods.  Media and customers often mistake the presence of Isoflavones in soya foods for Oestrogens.  Isoflavones are not oestrogens, but belong to a class of compounds known as Phytoestrogens or Polyphenols.

Another concern which has been raised is the presence of Trypsin Inhibitors present in Soya products.  These are small proteins found in soya as well as other legumes and cereal.  In the uncooked form, they have the potential to decrease the efficacy of protein digestibility. FUTURELIFE® does not use raw soya beans.  Our Soya beans are roasted which destroys most of the Trypsin Inhibitors.  Research has in fact shown that small amounts of Trypsin Inhibitors have a beneficial effect as they may prevent tumours from growing and spreading.

Another question which has been raised is the amount of Lysinoalanine found in cooked foods like soya.  Lysinoalanine is an amino acid found in the protein of cooked soya.  If soya is processed correctly the levels of lysinoalanine are minimized as correct cooking does not allow for the formation of this amino acid. At FUTURELIFE® the soya flour which we use is free of Iysinoalanine.

Hexane is widely used in the Soya bean industry to remove soya oil during processing of the whole soya bean into defatted flakes. FUTURELIFE® does not use Hexane in the direct production of our soya product.

To summarize, FUTURELIFE® can guarantee the safety of the soya that we use as it is roasted and there are no chemical processes that can lead to safety concerns.

Take note, should you be looking or a soy-free product due to allergies ,etc, FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® is the only soy-free variant within the FUTURELIFE® range.

 

Is it sustainable to use Palm Oil in FUTURELIFE® product range?

FUTURELIFE® is a company that is fully committed to sustainability and we are fully aware that there is a large problem with deforestation in Southeast Asia and it has vast effects on a range of wildlife, particularly the Orangutang. However, one needs to take a balanced view, and what is meant by that is that there are many sustainable palm oil plantations around the world which are policed by wildlife organisations.

Certified sustainable palm oil is palm oil that is certified according to the principles and criteria of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The palm oil is treated according to one of the three trading systems approved by the RSPO: segregation, mass balance or book & claim. Social organisations such as Solidaridad and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) were closely involved in preparing these sustainability criteria. Our supplier has been affiliated with the RSPO since 2007. Under the segregation model, the palm oil is guaranteed to originate from approved and certified plantations. For palm oil plantation owners this means, among other things, an embargo on deforestation of tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia and expropriation of land. Furthermore, the processing and transport of this palm oil is also guaranteed to be separated from unsustainably produced oil.

In terms of our approach, at FUTURELIFE® it took us a long time to partner with the right supplier and sustainability in terms of palm oil plantations was a major consideration. Our supplier is a very well established European company who operate under the guidelines of international criteria for sustainable palm oil as discussed above.

To reiterate, FUTURELIFE®, as a company are fully committed to sustainability and therefore we take great care in sourcing and certainly investigating the origins of our raw ingredients. We have also been one of the first companies in South Africa to take a stand on genetically modified maize and soya and as a result our product that you purchase in retail is non-genetically modified (non-GMO).

 

Is FUTURELIFE® Kosher?

We are pleased to announce that the following FUTURELIFE® products are Kosher Certified:

*FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ – Banana, Chocolate, Strawberry and Original (1.25kg, 500g and 50g)

*FUTURELIFE® High Protein Smart Food™ – Chocolate and Original

*FUTURELIFE® Zero Smart Food™

Is FUTURELIFE® Halaal?

We are pleased to announce that the following FUTURELIFE® products are Halaal Certified:

*FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ – Banana, Chocolate, Strawberry and Original (1.25kg, 500g and 50g)

*FUTURELIFE® High Protein Smart Food™ – Chocolate and Original

*FUTURELIFE® Zero Smart Food™

* FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ for Kids

* FUTURELIFE® Crunch – Original and Chocolate

* FUTURELIFE® Smart Bars – High Energy (all flavours), High Protein (all Flavours), High Protein Lite (all Flavours)

What are the sweeteners used in FUTURELIFE® ZERO and FUTURELIFE® ZERO with OATS, and are they safe?

The word “sweeteners” has become somewhat of a sensitive word in many households and some associate them with negative side effects and show concern over their safety. However, it is important to understand that not all sweeteners are equal or unsafe.

Low-calorie sweeteners are used in a variety of beverages and foods to provide a sweet taste without the calories, which may (along with an energy-controlled diet) help with weight management. These sweeteners are also a great sugar alternative for those living with Diabetes who are managing their blood sugar levels by monitoring their carbohydrate intake. FUTURELIFE® Zero Smart Food™ and FUTURELIFE® ZERO with OATS contain no added cane sugar where instead of using cane sugar to sweeten these products, they have been formulated with SmartSweetness® which is a combination of Stevia, Erythritol and Sucralose.

Sucralose is a low-calorie artificial sweetener that is commonly consumed and used to sweeten a variety of foods and beverages. Sucralose is derived from sucrose (table sugar), but is 600 times sweeter than sugar so it is only needed in tiny amounts to get the same sweet taste. The body does not break down sucralose into calories for energy and most of the sucralose people consume is not absorbed and passes through the body. Sucralose has been studied extensively in the past 20 years in more than 100 studies and has been shown to be safe by researchers all over the world. Experts have reviewed these studies and concluded that there are no harmful effects from consuming sucralose, even if you consume the highest amount, and therefore sucralose is approved for use in more than 80 countries.

Stevia is a zero-calorie natural sweetener derived from a plant native to South America and individuals in this area have used Stevia as a sweetener for hundreds of years. Not only did they use it as a sweetener, but as medicine to treat stomach problems, diabetes, heartburn and much more. Stevia is 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar thereforealso consumed in small amounts. As it does not contribute any calories, manufacturers use it to lower the energy content of foods, while maintaining the sweet taste. In 2008 the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status to rebaudioside A, one of the chemicals in Stevia that makes it sweet. Stevia is now available as a sweetener almost all over the world including countries like USA, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan,                      Russia, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa.

What are the current recommendations around Sugar intake?

The current recommendations for the consumption of ‘sugar’ is below 5% to 10% of one’s daily energy intake, looking at a 2000kcal diet this equates to as much as 25-50g (5-10 teaspoons) of sugar in a day. As well as the WHO recommends limiting sugar to 6 teaspoons or 25g a day. We do not encourage as much but there is space to accommodate for a daily allowance should one wish to.

Why do FUTURELIFE® products contain sugar?

I’m sure we can all agree that sugar is tasty and many individuals whether they like to admit it or not know that it improves the palatability of a food. While FUTURELIFE® does not promote the intake of uncontrolled amounts of sugar (as there is a Global shift towards reducing calorie intake due to the rise of the Obesity epidemic, however take note that all foods provide calories, not just sugar), we do understand that if our products are too ‘bland’ the average consumer would then add sugar, which could result in much larger uncontrolled amounts than what our products contain. Other product might contain less sugar but most consumers would add sugar then to these products that can result in a much higher sugar intake than in a controlled sugar intake in a serving of FUTURELIFE® products. FUTURELIFE® products are manufactured to be complete foods that are ready to eat (nothing needs to be added except for fluid), take note though that many of our products contain sugars that are found in our ingredients naturally, ie Lactose from milk and some Sucrose from our raw materials and in the case of our FUTURELIFE® ZERO and FUTURELIFE® ZERO with OATS, no cane sugar has been added. Having said that, we do offer a range of products that contain different amounts of sugar to cater for your preferences.

Products and sugar content per serving Amount of sugar (all forms of sugar, natural (incl.Lactose) and added)
1 teaspoon sugar 5 g
50g FUTURELIFE® High Energy Smart Food™ 7.5- 8.2g
50g FUTURELIFE® High Protein Smart Food™ 6g
40g FUTURELIFE® ZERO 2.8g
40g FUTURELIFE® Crunch 8g
FUTURELIFE ®High Energy Smartbar 5g-13g (intended to have sugar functionally  for during exercise)
FUTURELIFE® High Protein Smartbar 9g-9.5g
FUTURELIFE® High Protein LITE Smartbar 4.5g-5.4g
50g FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® 7.6g
40g FUTURELIFE® ZERO with OATS 0.8g

 

I am allergic to milk or lactose intolerant, can I eat the FUTURELIFE® product range?

There are 2 components of dairy that an individual may be allergic or intolerant towards:

  1. The Proteins namely Casein and Whey (this is a Cow’s milk protein allergy)
  2. The Sugar component namely Lactose (this is Lactose Intolerance)

An individual may be intolerant towards the one but may be tolerant of the other and it is therefore important to first establish what component of dairy one is allergic or intolerant to, to avoid unnecessary restrictions.

These components (Cow’s Milk Protein and Lactose) can be separated from each other and found independently in products. It is important to note that a product may be Lactose free and still contain Cow’s Milk Protein. It is therefore important to look for this information under Allergens on the food label.  Someone that is lactose intolerant may still be able to have foods containing Cow’s Milk Proteins (in the form of Whey or Casein).  Casein may also be stated as a Caseinate on a label.

FUTURELIFE® Suitability for Lactose intolerance and Cow’s Milk Allergies

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For those that are Lactose Intolerant, FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food, ZERO with OATS and             Crunch are great options which can conveniently be mixed with rice milk, soya milk, yoghurt or water.

For more information email us at info@futurelife.co.za

 

Quality of Vitamins and Minerals in FUTURELIFE® products?

FUTURELIFE® commits to using quality ingredients in all products that comply with regulations and requirements from both local and international standards for food products.

FUTURELIFE® products are developed to bring the consumer complete nutrition and provide Energy, Protein, Fat, Carbohydrates and Dietary Fibre. Although the raw materials naturally contain Vitamins and Minerals, this content can vary significantly from batch to batch due to varying growing conditions.  Therefore, FUTURELIFE® add an additional 19 Vitamins and Minerals at levels between 30% -100% NRV (Nutrient Reference Value) per 100g of product.

The Vitamins and Minerals are sourced from a credible supplier which in turn only source these micronutrients from companies that are inspected and accredited by the MCC (Medicines Control Council) and comply  to the highest USP (United States Pharmacopeia), BP (British Pharmacopeia), BPC (British Pharmaceutical Codex) and NF Food Chemical Codex standards. They only purchase Raw Materials with the highest purity, quality, efficacy and safety as per USP and BP monograph references.

These Vitamins and Minerals are further chosen according to absorption, quantity, compound and impact on the end product taste.

Vitamins and Minerals that are added are listed in the ingredients list and the quantities that are delivered are listed in the nutritionals table.

Please visit our website our Eat Smart, Live Smart section for eating plans, recipes and articles or contact us for any further information.

Is there a difference between MSG, sodium caseinate and calcium caseinate? And if so, what are they?

I am afraid that one has to be a bit of a chemist to follow these things.

Firstly Proteins are a polymer of aminoacids, so they have both basic and acidic characteristics.
I would presume you know that if you treat an acid with a base the result is salt and water.

Casein is the major protein of milk which can be separated by the addition of acid which causes curdling as in cheese manufacture.
Naturally casein is largely in the calcium salt form but other cations can be displaced by adding lime water (calcium hydroxice) to give a largely pure calcium caseinate.

Similarly if one treats milk casein with caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) cations other than sodium are displaced and one is left with sodium caseinate.

Glutamic acid is a natural dibasic aminoacid and a component of most proteins. If you half neutralise glutamic acid with caustic soda you get monosodium glutamate. Monosodium glutamate in the stomach would revert to glutamic acid and sodium chloride but in the mouth it enhances the umami flavour / taste of meat.  Of course in protein the presence of the second acid group of glutamic acid contributes to the acid characteristics of the protein.

Finally, although glutamic acid is a component of casein protein there is no way that caseinate or any other protein can be considered a hidden or alternative name for MSG just as water cannot be used as an alternative name for hydrogen.

I am Vegetarian; can I eat the FUTURELIFE® product range?

As a vegetarian you know that it is essential to still consume a balanced diet but it is often difficult to get enough protein as well as certain vitamins and minerals from your diet as animal products contain many of these essential nutrients. However it is not impossible, it may just take some more thought and planning.

All FUTURELIFE® boxed variants are suitable for Lacto-Vegetarians.  The FUTURELIFE® product range is maize and soya based food where soya and Soya Isolate are our primary protein sources. These products are suitable for Lacto-Vegetarians because they contain a small amount of sodium caseinate (0.02%) which is derived from cow’s milk which is used merely as an emulsifier for our fat source. A few products do contain lactose such as the FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food, FUTURELIFE® ZERO and FUTURELIFE® SmartBars that contain a skimmed milk powder, as well as the FUTURELIFE® Smart Drinks that are dairy-based in the form of full-cream milk.  If you are vegan, only FUTURELIFE® ZERO with OATS is suitable as it is the only product to have not used the sodium caseinate and is fre from dairy. FUTURELIFE® SmartBars contain gelatin (bovine) and Lacto-Vegetarians generally avoid eating gelatin, if however you do consume gelatin the only other animal derived ingredients in these bars are from cow’s milk.

The Vegetarian can be split into the following categories:

  • Vegan (excludes all animal meat and animal products such as milk, honey and eggs)
  • Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian (includes animal/dairy products such as eggs, milk and honey)
  • Lacto-Vegetarian (includes dairy products but not eggs)
  • Ovo-Vegetarian (includes eggs but not dairy)
  • Pescetarian (includes fish and possibly other forms of seafood)

It is important for vegetarians to plan their meals properly in order to ensure they are receiving their recommended daily amount of nutrients. The FUTURELIFE® product range can assist you in making sure that you are eating food that is nutrient dense.

FUTURELIFE® powdered range contains Omega 3-fatty acids- essential for the good health of your brain, heart and joints. Although Omega 3-fatty acids are commonly found in fish oils, soybeans are also a great source. Due to its’ prevalence in oily fish this may once again be difficult for vegetarians (that don’t eat fish) to consume the recommended amount of omega 3-fatty acids, thus FUTURELIFE® powdered products are a great option for Lacto-Vegetarians due to the fact that our Omega-3 fatty acids are derived from Soya beans. Another great benefit is that per 100g of FUTURELIFE® powdered products you receive 100% of your recommended daily amount for all your vitamins and most of your minerals. The Lecithin in FUTURELIFE® is derived from Soya.

For more enquiries or information email us at info@futurelife.co.za

 

How does FUTURELIFE® compare to Herbalife?

Although FUTURELIFE® is often compared to many other products that are marketed as meal replacements, we believe that our products are unique and offer incomparable functional benefits. Based on this, we prefer not to comment on these other products. However, I can assure you that FUTURELIFE® can provide you with all you need and more to complement your healthy lifestyle.

What we pride ourselves on is the use of quality ingredients to produce a unique product that works as a functional food. Our powdered product range is high in energy, high in protein, and provides for balanced meals that can be used as meal replacements in the form of a meal, shake or smoothie for the whole family (whether it be your 4 year old child or her 85 year old diabetic grandfather). These products are also naturally gluten and wheat free. We use no artificial colourants or artificial flavourants, and are NON-GMO; they (FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food, HIGH PROTEIN Smart food and ZERO Smart Food) are also low GI (therefore suitable for Diabetics in controlled portions and endorsed by Diabetes South Africa and the GI Foundation of South Africa) and therefore can provide you with sustained energy and can aid in weight management.

These products are also dense in vitamins and minerals, 19 amino acids and are high in omega-3 fatty acids as well as fibre. Our whole product range also boasts MODUCARE®, given to us under the license of ASPEN PHARMACARE for immune support. We have had numerous studies done with our FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY SmartFood showing improved immunity, increased productivity and good glycaemic control, and our products are manufactured with the utmost care based on scientifically sound evidence.

Please take note that we also have a team of 8 dieticians that help ensure that our products as well as our health messages represent the best possible nutrition for the whole family.

Does the FUTURELIFE® powdered product range contain preservatives, colourants and flavourants?

No, FUTURELIFE® powdered product range does not contain any preservatives, artificial colorants or artificial flavourants.

Preserving the product:

To extend the shelf life of the products, FUTURELIFE® is using the most up to date food technology to keep our product fresher for longer. FUTURELIFE® powdered product range undergoes a process called Nitrogen Flushing, whereby one is replacing oxygen in the foil packaging with nitrogen, nitrogen being an unreactive gas retards bacterial growth and keeps the food from decaying,  thus increasing shelf life and ensuring product integrity. FUTURELIFE® products have a shelf life of 9 months, unopened and the best before dates are indicated on the packaging. When the product is opened it should be consumed within 4 weeks and is best kept in an airtight container.

Colourants of the powdered product range.

There are no artificial colourants used in the FUTURELIFE® powdered product range. The Original and Banana flavours take on the colour of the raw ingredients. The Chocolate flavour’s brown colour comes from 100% cocoa powder and we use beetroot extract to give the Strawberry flavour a slightly pink colour.

Flavourants of the powdered product range

The Original flavour and Chocolate flavour variants contain natural flavourants namely vanilla and cocoa. The Banana, Strawberry, Apple berry, Apple cinnamon and Berry Yogurt (SmartOats) flavours are nature identical flavourings.

It is important to note thought that there is a difference between nature identical and artificial flavourants. The best choice is to use the nature identical flavourants in products.  The main difference is that the nature identical flavourings are produced in a laboratory, but the molecular structure is identical to the structure of that same flavour in nature. Artificial flavourants on the other hand are also produced in a laboratory, but their molecular structure looks completely different to the molecular structure of the same flavour in nature.

 

 

 

 

Diabeties And The Glycaemic Index

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease affecting millions of people worldwide. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) classifies diabetes as a collection of various metabolic diseases, which include increased blood glucose levels as a result of either decreased levels of insulin, defective insulin action or both.

The pancreas is an organ which functions to secrete digestive enzymes and hormones (such as insulin) into the blood to regulate the metabolism of glucose, lipids and protein. Insulin is a small hormone that is produced and secreted by the beta cells of the pancreas. When secreted into the blood stream, insulin causes increased glucose uptake by bodily cells, especially those of muscle and adipose (fat) tissue, and therefore provides the cells with energy.  If there is not enough insulin, the glucose remains high in the bloodstream and the body cells do not receive the glucose required for energy. Diabetes can be classified into these two types:

Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5-10% of the people diagnosed with diabetes. This disease is caused by an autoimmune destruction whereby the white blood cells attack the beta cells of the pancreas. When all the beta cells are destroyed, the pancreas stops producing insulin. The onset of Type 1 diabetes is usually by 14 years of age with most cases diagnosed before the age of 30 years. This disease often develops quickly over a period of days or weeks with three main steps: Increased blood glucose, increased usage of fats for energy and loss of body protein (i.e. muscle).

The lack of insulin leads to large increases in blood glucose (16.6mmol/l to 66.6mmol/l). So to treat type 1 Diabetes insulin needs to be injected into the body. The typical clinical features of Type 1 Diabetes include a sudden onset, severe symptoms, sudden weight loss and ketosis (a stage in fat metabolism which is stimulated primarily when the liver is low on stored glucose and the body relies on fat for energy).

Type 2 diabetes is associated with insulin resistance as well as decreased insulin production. It is the most common form of diabetes and accounts for approximately 90-95% of all diabetes cases. It is mostly lifestyle related, with a gradual onset and can also be hereditary. Typically, type 2 diabetics are older, overweight or obese and inactive. Lifestyle changes such as diet, weight loss and exercise are important for blood glucose control and oral glucose lowering agents (medication to lower the blood glucose) can be used for further control.

Type 2 diabetes is caused by a decreased sensitivity of tissues to the effects of insulin (insulin resistance). Together with relative insulin deficiency this also leads to various metabolic complications. Due to the insulin resistance, most of the glucose remains in the blood stream and does not enter the bodily cells. This stimulates the pancreas to secrete more insulin. After some time, the pancreas becomes exhausted and stops producing insulin altogether.

Common symptoms of both types of diabetes include excessive thirst (polydipsia) or hunger, excessive urination (polyuria), significant weight loss and a lack of energy. Diabetes is diagnosed when a patient presents with any of the following:

  • A fasting blood glucose of > 7.0mmol/l
  • Random blood glucose of > 11mmol/l together with the symptoms described above

A more long term check for glucose control is the use of HbA1C. This is a measurement of the percentage

of glucose that has attached to the haemoglobin (a type of protein in your blood stream) over the past

3 months. An ideal HbA1C reading should be below 6.5%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What iWhat is a Diabetic diet?

A diabetic diet is not nearly as restrictive as it may sound. Fad diets over the years have obscured the definition of diet, which is actually, “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats”.

A diabetic diet requires tweaking of the types of food, portion size and timing of food. It involves eating a variety of foods in moderation while sticking to regular meal times and not skipping meals.

Your diet plan should be individualised to your requirements, medications and preferences. It will usually be low in fat, particularly saturated and trans-fats and rich in low-Glycaemic Index (GI) whole grain carbohydrates, vegetables and fruits.

It is very important that portion sizes are controlled as large portions may cause a spike in glucose levels otherwise known as hyperglycaemia. Skipping meals will result in a drop in glucose levels known as hypoglycaemia.

If you are overweight it may be necessary to restrict total energy or calorie intake for weight-loss. Weight-loss will assist with your glucose control and lower your risk of complications.

A diabetic diet encourages certain foods and discourages others.

Foods to include

  • “Good” low GI carbohydrates: Sugars and complex carbohydrates alike are broken down to glucose in the blood. Sugars and refined carbohydrates are digested and absorbed into the blood stream very quickly causing spikes in glucose levels. To avoid this we should choose healthy complex carbohydrates such as fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and dairy.
  • Lean, unprocessed proteins: low fat meat, skinless chicken and fish as well as plant proteins such as nuts, soya, beans, peas, lentils and chick peas should be included in most meals. Protein has the added benefit of lowering the GI of a meal.
  • Fibre-rich foods: fibre is the part of foods that your body can’t digest. Fibre helps to control glucose levels. Fibre rich foods include whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruit and vegetables
  • “Good” fats: These are your mono and polyunsaturated fats which are usually derived from plant sources of fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado and olives.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: The best source of omega-3 is your oily fishes such as salmon, tuna and mackerel. Omega 3 fights inflammation and lowers risk of heart disease. Try to include omega-3 rich foods in your diet at least twice a week.

Foods to avoid/limit

  • Refined carbohydrates and sugars: These should be limited in your diet as they cause spikes in glucose levels and provide very few nutrients.
  • Saturated fats: must be limited in the diet, these are found largely in animal fats found in meat chicken and dairy. We therefore need to be careful to use lean proteins and low-fat dairy.
  • Trans-fats: these should be excluded completely and are found in processed, convenience foods such

as chips, biscuits and baked goods as well as hard, brick margarine.

  • Salt or sodium: salt raises blood pressure and increases risk of complications. Limit salty and

preserved foods and avoid cooking with salt or adding salt to foods. Rather use

natural spices and herbs to add flavour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why has FUTURELIFE® been endorsed by DSA and GIFSA?

Why has FUTURELIFE®Been endorsed by DSA and GIFSA?

All FUTURELIFE® products that carry the brand logos of these two organisations have been endorsed because we meet the criteria for endorsement.

In terms of the GIFSA (GI foundation of South Africa) endorsement this means that our products have been clinically analysed and ranked into one of 3 categories

* Low GI

* High GI

* Intermediate GI

In terms of DSA (Diabetes South Africa) endorsement this means that product is certified LOW GI by GIFSA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am Diabetic, can I Eat FUTURELIFE®

All FUTURELIFE® products that carry the brand logos of these two organisations have been endorsed because we meet the criteria for endorsement

In terms of the GIFSA (GI foundation of South Africa) endorsement this means that our products have been clinically analysed and ranked into one of 3 categories

Low GI
High GI
Intermediate GI

In terms of DSA (Diabetes South Africa) endorsement this means that product is certified LOW GI by GIFSA.

Where can I find recommended/healthy eating plans for people living with diabetes?

There are many online websites that offer eating plans for diabetics.

We have a team of 6 dieticians and our team has posted a number of eating plans on our own website – please click here.

Before beginning any eating plan we recommend you visit a health care professional.

What is the Glycaemic load (GL)?

The glycaemic load (GL) of a specific food portion is an expression of how much impact (“oomph”), or power the food will have in affecting blood glucose levels. It is calculated by taking the percentage of the food’s carbohydrate (CHO) content per portion and multiplying it by its Glycaemic Index value

GL= CHO content per portion (g) x GI

100

It is thus a measure that incorporates both the quantity and quality of the dietary carbohydrates consumed.

Below is a list of GL for the different FUTURELIFE® products

GL Values of FUTURELIFE®products:
Product Glycaemic Index Portion Sizes (g) Carbs (g) per 100g Carbs (g) per portion size Glycaemic Load Range
Smart Food™ 50 100 59 59 29,50 High
Smart Food™ 50 75 59 44,3 22,15 High
Smart Food™ 50 50 59 29,5 14,75 Medium
Smart Food™ 50 40 59 23,6 11,80 Medium
High Protein 34 75 36 27 9,18 Low
High Protein 34 50 36 18 6,12 Low
Zero 47 50 55 22,5 10,58 Low
Zero 47 40 55 20 9,40 Low
Crunch 65 40 68 27 17,55 Medium
GI Range
Low <10
Medium 11-19
High >20

What is the GI of sugar, maize and soya?

The GI of sugar is classified as intermediate.

The GI of the specialised maize in FUTURELIFE® is intermediate.

The GI of Soya is Low.

What does the GIFSA and DSA logo’s mean?

The GIFSA (GI foundation of South Africa) endorsement logo and the DSA (Diabetes South Africa) logo are the official recognised brand marks of these organisations and if your pack carries this mark it represents an independent verification that the products meet the criteria for endorsement.

What does GI mean?

The Glycaemic Index (GI) is a ranking of foods based on their immediate effect on blood glucose levels.

It is a physiological measure of how fast and to what extent a carbohydrate food affects blood glucose levels.

Foods can be divided into 3 GI catogories.

The categories are as follows:

High GI Foods > 70
Intermediate GI Foods 56 – 69
Low GI foods < 55

What are the GI scores of all our products

Smart Food™ = Low
Zero = Low
High Protein = Low
Crunch = Intermediate
Kids = Intermediate
High protein bars = Low
High protein Lite bars = Low
High energy bars = High

How do we know the FUTURELIFE® powdered range is low GI?

All the FUTURELIFE®products contain their GI level on the package.

The GI level is determined by ann analysis performed by the GI foundation of South Africa. Products are ranked HIGH, INTERMEDIATE, or LOW depending on the effect on blood sugar levels. This GI measure is an internationally accepted measure.

DSA Acknowledgement Letter

 

9 May 2014

To whom it may concern,

RE: FUTURELIFE®

At Diabetes South Africa (DSA) it is our mission to promote diabetes care and support for all. It is our duty to inform, encourage and support all people living with the disease as well as their families, to assist them in leading healthier lives.

The main attributes of FUTURELIFE® powdered products (FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE® Zero and FUTURELIFE® High protein) from our consumers is that it is Low GI, they feel a lot less hungry on the product, their sugars are better controlled and that is just so convenient and tastes nice.

FUTURELIFE® powdered product range (FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE® Zero and FUTURELIFE® High Protein) is South Africa’s first scientifically formulated high energy, high protein, low GI meal with 55 essential nutrients, thus making it a complete and balanced food. Not only does it have100% of the recommended allowance for 25 vitamins and most minerals, but also 19 amino acids, is high in Omega 3, high in fibre and contains the prebiotic inulin for optimal gut health.

Recently FUTURELIFE® has made headlines for introducing its NON-GMO status, which is something that most other companies aspire to.

Another great benefit of this product is that it is free of most common allergens, such as Gluten, Wheat, Trans Fats, Cholesterol, Eggs and Nuts. FUTURELIFE® powdered product range (FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE® Zero and FUTURELIFE® High Protein) is a convenient and versatile food, making it very easy to be enjoyed by many people living with Diabetes. It can be eaten as porridge, taken as a shake or made into a tasty smoothie, providing the essential nutrients to sustain one throughout the day.

The following FUTURELIFE® products are endorsed by DSA and GIFA

  • FUTURELIFE® Smart
  • Food FUTURELIFE® High Protein and
  • FutureLife Zero.

Yours sincerely,

Leigh-Ann Bailie Ranga Kuni

Executive manager Executive Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a diabetic how often can I eat FUTURELIFE® powdered foods?

If you consume the 50g portion size then you are able to have 2 portions of FUTURELIFE® per day as a meal.

If you consume the 30g portion size then you can have 2 snacks per day of FUTURELIFE®.

Remember that variety is the spice of life, so we recommend eating a variety of healthy foods!

I am a Diabetic, Can I eat FUTURELIFE®?

Those living with diabetes can definitely benefit from using FUTURELIFE® products. FUTURELIFE® products are quick, convenient and can be enjoyed as a meal, shake or smoothie for breakfast, lunch, supper or snack, just add water or milk.

FUTURELIFE® High Energy Smart Food™

FUTURELIFE® High Energy Smart Food™ is high in protein, fibre and contains a mere 7.5g of sugar per 50g portion, which is only about one and a half teaspoons of sugar. The product is low GI, resulting in a gradual increase in blood sugar while sustaining your energy levels. FUTURELIFE® High Energy Smart Food™ is endorsed by both the Glycaemic Index Foundation of South Africa (GIFSA) and Diabetes South Africa (DSA).  It is available in four delicious flavours: Original, Chocolate, Banana and Strawberry. We recommend you have a 50g portion (5 tablespoons) of High Energy Smart Food™ mixed with water or milk as a meal and a 25 g portion (2.5 tablespoons) as a smoothie or snack.

FUTURELIFE® High Protein Smart Food™

FUTURELIFE® High Protein Smart Food™ is high in protein, fibre and energy, and contains only 6g of sugar per 50g serving and 9g of sugar per 75g serving. Due to it being high in protein it has the lowest GI of all the FUTURELIFE® products.  This product is also endorsed by both the Glycaemic Index Foundation of South Africa (GIFSA) and Diabetes South Africa (DSA), and is therefore suitable for those living with diabetes, in the correct portions. High Protein is also lower in carbohydrates providing 18g per 50g portion. FUTURELIFE® High Protein Smart Food™ is available in two flavours: Original and Chocolate.

FUTURELIFE® Zero Smart Food™

FUTURELIFE® ZERO is low GI, high in Protein, fibre, has no added cane sugar and contains only 1.5g of Fat per 40g serving. This product is suitable for diabetics and anyone trying to lose weight. FUTURELIFE® ZERO is endorsed by both the Glycaemic Index Foundation of South Africa (GIFSA) and Diabetes South Africa (DSA). We recommend you have a 40g portion (4 tablespoons) of Zero as a meal or shake.

FUTURELIFE® High protein and High Protein LITE Smartbars

FUTURELIFE® High protein and High protein LITE Smartbars are convenient foods that can be enjoyed as an on-the-go meal or snack. They are low GI, high in protein, lower in sugar when compared to the other bars and contain 4.5 – 5.4 g of sugar per 40 g serving (specific to LITE bar). It is available in two flavours: Chocolate Crunch and Peanut butter Crunch. It is suitable for diabetics as an on the go meal or snack or after exercise.

Can I have sugar if I am living with Diabetes?

People who have Diabetes usually have higher blood sugar levels due to insulin resistance or having too little insulin in their blood stream. When we eat sugar it will increase our blood sugar levels. People with Diabetes are therefore advised to rather use artificial sweeteners instead of regular table sugar to help control their blood sugar levels. But it is not only sugar that has an effect on blood sugar levels and because of this is there a place for sugar in the diabetic diet?

The glycemic index, or GI, is the measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. All carbohydrates, which include starches like bread, cereal, rice and potatoes and also fruit and milk, break down to sugar during digestion. Carbohydrates that are high in fiber usually take longer to digest and will have a lower glycemic index. Low GI carbohydrates break down slowly and release sugar gradually into the bloodstream to help control blood glucose levels.
High GI food will break down quickly during digestion and release sugar rapidly into the bloodstream. Sugar itself has an intermediate GI. On its own it has the ability to push up one’s blood sugar levels. However, if you have only a small amount of sugar in combination with a low GI meal, the sugar is absorbed more slowly and does not push up blood sugar levels as quickly as when eaten on its own. This includes fructose; fruit should also rather be eaten with a meal than on its own and should preferably be limited to one portion of fruit at a time.

People with Diabetes should try to follow a healthy, balanced diet consisting of around 45-60% of the energy contribution from carbohydrates, 15-20% of the energy contribution from protein and 20-30% of the energy contribution from fat. According to the latest dietary guidelines for Diabetes sugar is allowed, but should not be more than 10% of the total daily energy intake for the day. This is roughly about 6 teaspoons a day.

Food that contains sugar includes both white and brown sugar, honey, syrup, molasses, sweets and toffees, chocolates and chocolate drinks, biscuits, fruit juice, regular cold drinks and sports drinks, ice cream, desserts and puddings, tarts and cakes, jelly and custard, jams and preserves. All these food should be limited as they are likely to contain quite a few tea spoons of sugar each and can quickly add up to too much sugar for the day.

To conclude, people with Diabetes can have sugar, but it is best to only have a small amount and to have it with a low GI meal and as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Please visit our website www.futurelife.co.za  for our full product range, eating plans, recipes and articles or contact us for any further information.

References:

http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carbohydrates/sugar-and-desserts.html

http://www.diabetes.org.uk/upload/How%20we%20help/catalogue/EatingWell_T2.pdf

http://www.esht.nhs.uk/nutrition-dietetics/faqs/#diabetes-sugar

http://www.srasanz.org/media/uploads/Sugar_and_diabetes_300813.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOULD I EXERCISE IF I HAVE DIABETES?

Physical activity and keeping a healthy weight can help control your diabetes and prevent problems commonly associated with diabetes. Physical activity helps keep your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, stay in your target range.  Physical activity also helps the hormone insulin absorb glucose into all your body’s cells, including your muscles, for energy. Muscles use glucose better than fat does.

Building and using muscle through physical activity can help prevent high blood glucose. If your body doesn’t make enough insulin, or if the insulin doesn’t work the way it should, the body’s cells don’t use glucose. Your blood glucose levels then get too high, causing diabetes.

Starting a physical activity program can help you lose weight or keep a healthy weight and keep your blood glucose levels on target.

Before you start a physical activity program, you should:

  • talk to your health care team
  • plan ahead
  • find an exercise buddy
  • decide how you’ll track your physical activity
  • decide how you’ll reward yourself

Talk to your health care team. Your health care team may include a doctor, nurse, dietician or a diabetes educator. Always consult with your health care team before you start a new physical activity program. Your health care team will guide you with a target range for your blood glucose levels.

People with diabetes who take insulin or certain diabetes medicines are more likely to have low blood glucose, also called hypoglycaemia. Physical activity can make hypoglycaemia more likely or worse in people who take insulin or certain diabetes medicines. So planning ahead is key but it’s still important to stay active.

Talk to your health care team about what types of physical activity are safe for you, such as walking, weightlifting, or housework. Certain activities may be unsafe for people who have poor vision or have nerve damage to their feet.

 

Plan ahead. Decide in advance what type of physical activity you’ll do. Before you start, also choose

  • the days and times you’ll be physically active
  • the length of each physical activity session
  • your plan for warming up, stretching, and cooling down for each physical activity session
  • a backup plan, such as where you’ll walk if the weather is bad
  • how you will measure your progress

 

To make sure you stay active, find activities you like to do. If you keep finding excuses

not to be physically active, think about why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dietician Queries or Medical Queries

What is Kidney Disease and is FUTURELIFE®powdered products suitable for people with renal insufficiency?

Kidney Disease is a serious condition, affecting 10% of all people in the world. Ten thousand South African, men and women, young and old, die of kidney disease or kidney failure every year.

Kidney failure in South African adults is mainly due to inherited Hypertension (high blood pressure) or Type 2 Diabetes, but the good thing to know is that 70-80% of all chronic kidney failure and/or cardio-vascular deaths are PREVENTABLE.

By following a good, balanced diet (ask your local Dietitian to create a specific kidney friendly diet for you) and a healthy lifestyle, it is possible to manage kidney disease.

Let’s start off by looking at the role of the kidneys?

Our kidneys are very unique and complex organs. They act as filters as well as manufactures of essential substrates. They metabolize (or rather break down) unnecessary or dangerous chemicals (such as drugs, medicines and poisons) and they retain or resorb necessary substances (such as water) as well as eliminate toxic waste from the body. Our kidneys also provide the nutrients to take care of our bones and joints, allowing for a solid and healthy skeleton. They also control the amount of acidity and alkalinity (pH) in the body and produce chemicals which control our blood pressure as well as chemicals which produce our red blood cells. In the event of kidney disease or kidney failure, all of these functions are affected.

The importance of nutrition in kidney disease and insufficiency

The food you eat plays a huge role in the health and well-being of your body. Good nutrition can help to prevent some diseases, and help to manage others. People who are overweight are at an increased risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure, which are major risk factors for kidney disease. People with kidney disease may need to make some dietary changes to help manage their condition. Not all people with kidney disease will need to follow the same diet. Dietary guidelines will need to be made on a personal basis, taking into account age, lifestyle, and health and body chemistry. Therefore it is essential to consult with a Dietitian.

The degree of kidney impairment will be determined by your doctor (by means of blood and urine tests). When renal function is 25 – 30 per cent of normal, a moderate reduction of protein intake is necessary. This translates to 1 g of protein per kg body weight or 90 g meat/chicken or fish portion at both lunch and dinner. 90g is approximately equal to the size of your palm.

High phosphate foods [chocolate containing drinks, nuts and seeds, dairy (not fat free), sardines and pilchards with bones, cola drinks, cocoa (therefore all chocolates), whole-grain products and legumes] must also be taken in limited amounts. Certain fruits and vegetables must also be avoided or consumed in limited quantities. The most important of these to avoid are pumpkin, spinach, olives, coleslaw, pickled onion and vegetables, tinned vegetables, bananas, oranges, grapes and paw paws.

The reasoning behind this is that these foods are high in potassium, a type of salt that is involved in muscle contraction and heart function. An excess of potassium and phosphates can cause nausea, vomiting, confusion, fatigue, itching and loss of appetite as well as further kidney damage. It is thus vital to limit intake of these foods.

With severe renal impairment (function 50 per cent of normal) dietary limitation of the above foods becomes even more important to maintain a degree of renal function and quality of life. Protein should be approximately limited to the size of 2 match boxes. Vegetables should be peeled and chopped into small pieces and then soaked in a large bowl of water for two hours before being boiled. This further reduces the potassium content of your vegetables. Foods high in salt (processed, tinned, canned foods etc.) must also be avoided as these can cause water retention which can also be dangerous. Carbohydrate (bread and cereals) intake is very important in patients with kidney disease to ensure that muscle protein is not broken down. Breakdown of muscle protein is associated with disability to perform normal daily activities, lethargy and fatigue.

Diet is very important in maintaining residual renal function and quality of life. It is recommended that all patients suffering from renal disease consult a nephrologist (kidney specialist) and dietician that has a good understanding of nephrology as this is a highly specified diet that plays a pivotal role in prevention of further renal decline and quality of life.

So how does FUTURELIFE® powdered range fit in?

Although FUTURELIFE® powdered products are nutritionally balanced and convenient , fortified with 100% of the NRV’s for vitamins and minerals (per 100g) as well as immune modulating Moducare, people suffering from any form of renal impairment should take care before including it in their diet. This is because FUTURELIFE®powdered range is naturally high in protein and it contains Sodium, potassium and phosphates, it is recommended that you seek the advice of your local Dietitian before including it in your meal plan. Every person is unique and has different dietary needs , and depending on their treatment whether it be conservative or dialysis these needs will be different too, therefore it is very difficult to say whether FUTURELIFE® powedered range would be safe for everyone with renal disease and instead an individualised approach should be used when considering the FUTURELIFE® powdered range. Individuals on dialysis generally have a more liberal diet in which case one serving of FUTURELIFE® powdered (50g or 4 heaped tablespoons) per day may be allowed.

Is the FUTURELIFE® product range suitable for individuals with chronic liver disease?

One of the main concerns about liver disease is that those individuals who suffer from it, are at risk of malnutrition for several reasons (poor appetite, nausea, gastrointestinal symptoms and ascites which causes the feeling of fullness early on). Liver disease is a catabolic disease which leads to protein deficiency and sufferers are prone to ascites which in itself is dangerous and can cause portal hypertension which can be fatal.

The number one rule in the nutritional management of liver disease is to completely avoid alcohol as it will most certainly lead to the progression from compensated to decompensated liver disease.

Thereafter, it is recommended to consume small, frequent low GI meals (about 5-6 meals and snacks a day; 3 meals, 2-3 snacks). This will provide a sustained amount of carbohydrates assisting in the maintenance of blood sugar levels, due to the fact that hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) is also common in liver disease.

Sodium is also restricted to about 2g/day

All the following 4 FUTURELIFE®products can fit into the diet of an individual with liver disease. FUTURELIFE®Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE®Crunch, FUTURELIFE®Zero and FUTURELIFE®High protein.

It is important to ensure other components of the diet are also low in sodium and monitor intake by reading food labels and cooking with less salt. Fluid is usually also restricted when ascites or oedema is present to about 1 -1 ½ litres a day, in which case, count the fluid (water or milk) you use to mix FUTURELIFE® into your total daily fluid allowance.

Vitamin deficiencies are also very common in liver disease due to the liver’s intimate role in vitamin transport, storage, metabolism and activation. Vitamin supplementation is therefore needed.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, High Protein and Zero are all high in vitamis and supplies 100% of the Nutrient Reference Values (NRV’s) for all vitamins and most minerals per 100g serving; therefore it would be particularly beneficial for those with liver disease. Consuming FUTURELIFE® does not necessarily eliminate the need of supplementation, it is still important to follow the advice given by your doctor or dietician.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ can be enjoyed as a meal, shake or smoothie and it requires no cooking or preparation. The versatility, convenience and nutritional value of FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ make it a suitable and affordable meal or supplement that can be consumed by individuals with liver disease.

These guidelines are extremely broad and if you have not seen a Dietician for consultation yet, it is highly recommended that you do so, to receive both in-depth and personalized information that is adjusted to individual needs and the specific type of liver disease, as there are several different types and stages of each.

Is FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ and FUTURELIFE® High Protein suitable for individuals with Tuberculosis (TB)?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial disease which is spread from inhaling organisms dispersed as droplets from the sputum of infected persons. Persons with TB generally have signs and symptoms such as undernutrition, weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, difficulty breathing and coughing up of blood. All of which has nutritional relevance and increase risk of malnutrition.

As a chronic infection, persons with TB require higher energy, protein and fluid intakes. A balanced diet with the addition of high energy, high protein supplements will generally meet most people’s energy and protein requirements. To get an idea of what a balanced diet looks like, one can have a look at the South African Food-based Dietary Guidelines (SAFBDG).

In terms of a high energy, high protein supplement see below for how FUTURELIFE®can assist.

The South African Food-based Dietary Guidelines (SAFBDG) explain how to have a balanced diet

Enjoy a variety of food All foods contain different nutrients so make sure you include as many types as possible. Try different coloured fruits and vegetables in your diet to ensure you vitamin and mineral needs are met because different colours give different nutrients.
Be active Being active helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, lowers high blood pressure and also releases endorphins which make you feel happy.
Make starchy food the basis of most meals Choose starches that are whole-grain, high fibre and low GI which keeps you fuller for longer and give your energy for longer.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits everyday It is recommended to eat 5 fruits and vegetable portions a day
Eat dry beans, peas, lentils and soy regularly These are great sources of protein and are low in fat.
Chicken, fish, milk, meat or eggs can be eaten daily These are the best sources of protein but you should always choose low fat/lean options. Try to eat fish 2-3 times a week and about 2-3 glasses milk/amazi/yogurt a day.
Eat fats sparingly Make sure your animal foods are low fat (cut fat off meat, take skin off chicken, fat-free/low fat milk, and avoid frying food). Try to eat foods rich in good fats beans, peas, lentils, avocado, olive/canola oil, nuts and seeds.
Use salt (sodium) sparingly Avoid adding salt to your dishes as well as eating salty foods such as packet soups and sauces, stock cubes, tinned foods, sausages, polony, viennas and chips.
Drink lots of clean safe water Drink 6-8 glasses per day. If vomiting or diarrhoea, drink to replace what you have lost.
Use foods and drinks containing sugar sparingly They fill you up even though they are nutrient poor and excess sugar will cause weight gain and possible tooth decay.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ and FUTURELIFE® High Protein are both high in energy and protein containing 1510KJ, 18g protein and 1460KJ, 30g protein per 100g, respectively. Not only are they energy and protein-dense but also low GI and contain 25 vitamins and minerals, 19 amino acids, omega 3 fat, Moducare (daily immune supplement), inulin (prebiotic) and lecithin.

The medication used to treat TB, Isoniazid, depletes your body’s vitamin B6 stores and it interferes with vitamin D metabolism which in turn can decrease absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Individuals with TB therefore require increased vitamin, especially B6 and D, and mineral intake from food and supplements. FUTURELIFE®Smart Food™ and FUTURELIFE® High Protein are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals where in every 100g (2 servings) you get 100% of all the vitamins and most of the minerals that a healthy person needs per day. FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ and High protein also contain the specific vitamins and minerals that are of importance in TB:

  • Vitamin B6 – 1.7 mg
  • Vitamin D – 15 µg
  • Calcium – 337 mg
  • Phosphorus – 247 mg

The medication for TB treatment has several side effects including nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, or even diarrhoea. The role that FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ and FUTURELIFE® High Protein could play in coping with each of these symptoms is explained:

Nausea and vomiting Easy to consume as a shake which is often better tolerated
Incidence of vomiting is lower when food and drink is consumed in small volumes. Therefore, made into a shake it can be sipped on throughout the day and in-between meals.
Decreased appetite Easy to consume
Nutrient-dense so smaller amount can be consumed more frequently throughout the day instead of one big meal at a time
The powder can be added to other foods to fortify and increase nutrient value
Diarrhoea Lactose free
Studies show an increase in albumin which helps to reduce GIT inflammation
Contains a prebiotic and a dietary fibre blend that includes soluble fibre which helps to improve diarrhoea
Contains electrolytes and mixed with water/milk aid in rehydration

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ and FUTURELIFE® High Protein can be enjoyed as a meal, shake or smoothie and it requires no cooking or preparation. The versatility, convenience and nutritional value of FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ make it a suitable and affordable meal or supplement that can be consumed by individuals with TB.

FUTURELIFE® SmartBars are also great supplement options to increase energy, protein and micronutrient intake and they include High Energy, High Protein and High Protein Lite bars in a variety of flavours.

Is FUTURELIFE® powdered range beneficial for those with heart disease?

Those living with heart disease can definitely benefit from using the FUTURELIFE® powdered range.

Although FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ is suitable for those with heart disease, the products that are best suited for heart disease/heart health are FUTURELIFE® Zero and FUTURELIFE® High Protein.

FUTURELIFE® Zero is approved as part of the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) eating plan. The HSF plays a leading role in the prevention of heart disease and stroke; with the aim of seeing fewer South Africans suffer premature deaths and disability. In order for a product to get the heart mark, it must fall in line with certain criteria pertaining to the dietary guidelines for heart health. Levels of fats, cholesterol, fibre, sodium and sugar are examined to make sure that they fall in line with the nutritional criteria.

FUTURELIFE® Zero and FUTURELIFE® High Protein have various attributes making them beneficial to those with heart disease. They are fibre-rich and low in sodium, sugar and fat, particularly saturated fat. They are also cholesterol and trans fat free.

Diets rich in fibre are associated with lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower rates of obesity and they also decrease the risk of developing heart disease. One should aim to consume at least 25g of fibre per day. Kick starting your day with a high fibre meal will make this goal more attainable. FUTURELIFE® Zero contains 12g of fibre per 100g and High Protein contains 7g.

Too much sodium causes your body to retain water and increases blood pressure. This in turn puts an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels, increasing your risk of heart disease and strokes. Those with heart disease should aim to consume no more than 2400mg of sodium per day. FUTURELIFE® Zero and FUTURELIFE® High Protein contain just 350mg and 360mg per 100g respectively. A standard portion of 50g would contribute half of this amount.

Saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol are considered to be the bad members of the “fat family”. Our powdered products are free from trans-fats and cholesterol and are low in saturated fat, with most of the total fat coming from the good, mono- and polyunsaturated fats. Eating good fats in place of saturated fat lowers the “bad” LDL cholesterol, and improves the ratio of total cholesterol to “good” HDL cholesterol, lowering the risk of heart disease.

Sugar provides empty calories and contributes towards inflammation and weight gain, when taken in excess. It can therefore increase your chances of heart disease or worsen existing heart disease.

FUTURELIFE® Zero has no added cane sugar, FUTURELIFE® High Protein has just over a teaspoon per serving (5.3g), and both are low GI, you can therefore eat both with piece of mind that you are not doing any harm.

All FUTURELIFE® powdered products predominantly consist of soy protein, and according to many studies Soy protein has been associated with reductions in LDL cholesterol. Soya is also a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids as well as Lecithin, both of which have shown heart benefits. F

UTURELIFE® powdered products also contains 100% of your daily requirements for all vitamins and most minerals in 100g. Several vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, thiamine and vitamin D are essential for proper management and treatment of heart disease.

To conclude, FUTURELIFE® powdered range can be used and play a part in the treatment and prevention of heart disease. FUTURELIFE® Zero or High Protein can be used one or more times daily as a meal replacement or snack. Please visit www.heartfoundation.co.za for more information about the heart mark as well as various forms of support for heart disease.

If I am pregnant/breastfeeding can I eat the FUTURELIFE® product range?

Pregnancy creates an increased need for energy and certain nutrients, both macro- (protein, fat and carbohydrates) and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals) for various reasons that are all important for the growth of the baby and health of the mother. Although it is not quite necessary to “eat for two”, it is important to meet these increased nutritional requirements by enjoying a varied, balanced and healthy diet.

Our FUTURELIFE® product range including FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN, FUTURELIFE® Zero FUTURELIFE® Crunch and FUTURELIFE® SmartBars can be used as part of a healthy eating plan during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN and FUTURELIFE® Zero are a complete meal providing the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat. A balanced meal contains 45% – 60% Carbohydrates, 20% – 30% Protein and 20% – 30% Fat. This is the recommendation made by the South African Food Based Dietary Guidelines. In addition to this, a 100g portion of these products contains 100% NRV’s (Nutrient Reference Values are a guide for what your intake should be daily) of all the vitamins and most minerals which your body requires as part of a healthy diet.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN and FUTURELIFE® Zero are high in folic acid, also known as folate. Folic acid is one of the B vitamins which is essential for the normal development of a baby’s spine, brain and skull, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is important to take in enough folic acid before conception and during this first trimester to prevent neural tube defects.

Iron requirements increase during pregnancy due to the increase in a mother’s blood supply. FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN and FUTURELIFE® Zero are high in iron as well as vitamin C, which helps to increase the absorption of iron.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN and FUTURELIFE® Zero are low GI (glycaemic index) which means that they are digested slowly to provide you with sustained energy throughout your day. This will help to eliminate energy slumps and sugar cravings. These products are therefore suitable for women with Gestational Diabetes as they help to control one’s blood sugar levels by releasing sugar slowly into the blood stream.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN and FUTURELIFE® Zero are high in fibre and have added prebiotics to help keep your digestive system healthy. Constipation is a common problem during pregnancy and it is important to get enough fibre as well as enough fluids.

Omega 3 is essential in the early development of learning and visual abilities and should be taken before and during pregnancy. FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN and FUTURELIFE® Zero are high in Omega 3 as well as other essential fatty acids which play a critical role in the optimal growth of the placenta during the first trimester and in the development of the foetus in the second and third trimesters, particularly the brain and eyes.

Many pregnant women are concerned about the vitamin A content in FUTURELIFE® powdered range however a 50g (5 tablespoon) serving contains 450ug Vitamin A. The daily recommended allowance for pregnant women is 775ug which means that FUTURELIFE® powdered range is completely safe to consume whilst pregnant.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN and FUTURELIFE® Zero are also:

  • wheat and gluten free as well as free of preservatives and colourants. All three products are low in salt to help control blood pressure.
  • contain no artificial flavourants or preservatives and therefore are perfectly safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Due to the increase in folic acid and iron requirements before and during pregnancy and depending on how much FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ or FUTURELIFE® High Protein Smart Food™ you consume, you may need to take additional supplements.

We recommend that you discuss your supplement choices and their amounts with a health professional.

Can I eat the FUTURELIFE® powdered range if I suffer from Gout? Does it offer me any benefits?

To best understand Gout, we need to first look at PurinesPurines are natural substances found in all cells of humans, animals and plants. Purines provide a part of the chemical structure of genes and this is why their occurrence is so widespread. When cells die and get recycled the Purines are broken down into uric acid. This is normal and serves as an antioxidant to help prevent damage to our blood vessels. However, excessive breakdown of cells can cause uric acid build up and when this happens uric acid crystals can become deposited in our joints, tendons, kidneys and other organs. This accumulation is called gout.

Since uric acid is formed from the breakdown of Purines, low-purine diets are used to treat gout. Purines are found in animals and plants that we consume, but a relatively small amount of foods contain concentrated amounts of purines. For the most part, these high purine foods are also commonly high protein foods and should be avoided in the diet. Recent research has shown that the impact of plant purines is very different from the impact of animal purines in the risk of gout. It has been seen that purines from meat and fish clearly increase our risk of gout, while purines from vegetables fail to change our risk. Dairy foods actually appear to lower our risk of gout. Therefore, foods that should be limited include meat and fish; anchovies, sardines, organ meats, caviar, beef, pork and lamb meat. However, plant proteins and dairy are safe to consume and should be eaten regularly to meet protein requirements. Alcohol should also be excluded from the diet.

The 2 main ingredients in all FUTURELIFE® powder products are SmartMaize® and SmartSoy®. Maize is part of the food group that is lowest in purines. These foods are recommended to be eaten daily. SmartSoy® is a plant protein (Soya and Soy Isolate) and it contains a moderate amount of purines. It is recommended to take moderate amounts or 1 serving of soya daily (1 serving is ½ cup).

The FUTURELIFE® powder product range (excluding kids) also contains Moducare®, an immune supplement, which will help to support the immune system, helping to reduce the number of flair ups in Gout as well as the severity thereof.

Considering that maize has a low and soya a moderate purine content, it allows one to use all FUTURELIFE® products safely in moderation when suffering with gout. This is also true when mixed with dairy (milk), take note that both FUTURELIFE® Zero and FUTURELIFE® High protein already contain skim milk powder.

FUTURELIFE® And My Weight

Which FUTURELIFE® product is suitable for a low carbohydrate diet approach?

FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food could be considered to form part of the low carbohydrate diet approach. FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food is a high protein convenient meal for an on the go breakfast or snack.

How much carbohydrates do the FUTURELIFE® Smart Food powdered products contain per recommended portion size?

                                                                                     Meal/Breakfast (50g)                         Snack (25g)

  • FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food              5g                                                     11.25g
  • FUTURELIFE® ZERO                                                       5g                                                     13.25g
  • FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food             18g                                                   9g

 

Carbohydrate recommendation on low carbohydrate diet approach:

  • Insulin resistant 25-100g
  • Other 100-200g

As you can see, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food falls well within these recommendations. Our recommendation would be for the low carbohydrate diet approach to incorporate FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food as part of your eating plan.

Is FUTURELIFE® High Protein Smart Food™ suitable for weight loss?

To answer your question it is important to know that to achieve healthy and sustained weight loss it can only be done by living and practicing a healthy lifestyle. This doesn’t only include diet but also includes physical, mental and emotional health. It is important for this healthy way of life to become part of your everyday practice and to set goals that are both achievable and sustainable.

FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food is South Africa’s first and only high protein, high energy, low GI meal, containing 25 vitamins and minerals, 19 amino acids , omega 3 and MODUCARE®.  FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food is the meal choice for athletes at the High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Pretoria, is endorsed by Informed-Choice and is part of the Discovery Vitality Healthy Food benefits program.

FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food is an excellent choice to include in a weight-loss meal plan and is preferred over FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food. The reason for this is because when compared it has a lower fat, sugar, carbohydrate and overall energy contribution. We recommend a portion size of 50g (4 heaped table spoons) of FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food mixed with water which provides 730kJ, 15g of Protein and 3.4g of fat. You can also mix it with skimmed milk.

Key features of FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food along with all products in our range include:

  • It contains MODUCARE® for immune support
  • High in omega 3 fats known to be beneficial to heart health
  • Inulin (prebiotics) for intestinal health
  • Free from most common occurring allergens (wheat, gluten, nuts and eggs) preservatives and colourants, trans fatty acids and cholesterol
  • It is low GI, where the energy provided to you is released slowly into your blood
    • providing you with sustained energy that will keep you fuller for longer
    • This helps in minimizing cravings and overeating
    • It is therefore also suitable for people living with Diabetes
  • It can be enjoyed as breakfast, lunch or dinner, as a meal replacement shake, or as in-between snack

FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food may indeed also be used as part of a weight-loss eating plan however we recommend FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food or FUTURELIFE® ZERO as a more suitable option.  If using FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food, we recommend a serving size of          40-50g (4-5 tablespoons) mixed with water or skimmed milk.

Many people have used FUTURELIFE® for weight loss purposes and if you would like to read their testimonies,  articles or see an array of eating plans visit the Eat Smart, Live Smart section on our website.

Is FUTURELIFE® Zero Smart Food™ suitable for weight loss?

Is FUTURELIFE® ZERO suitable for weight loss?

 

To answer your question it is important to know that weight loss can only be achieved by living and practicing a healthy lifestyle. This doesn’t only include diet but also includes physical, mental and emotional health. It is important for this healthy way of life to become part of your everyday practice and to set goals that are both achievable and sustainable.

 

FUTURELIFE® ZERO is South Africa’s first and only lower fat, low GI, high protein smart food, formulated with no added cane sugar, containing Smart Fibre, Smart Sweetness, 55 nutrients and MODUCARE®, and is also part of the Discovery Vitality Healthy Food benefits program.

 

We recommend FUTURELIFE® ZERO as a preferred choice for your weight loss meal plan.  The reason for this is because it has 17% less kilojoules, 60% less fat and 53% less sugar than our FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart food product.  We recommend a portion serving size of 40-50g (4 heaped tablespoons) of FUTURELIFE® ZERO mixed with water (or skimmed milk) which provides 690kJ, 9g of Protein and only 1.5g of fat.  A recommended portion of ZERO contributes only 10.6% to your total daily kilojoule requirements if on a 6500KJ weight loss eating plan.   The average female requires around 8400KJ per day.

 

Key features of FUTURELIFE® ZERO along with all products in our range include:

  • It contains MODUCARE® for immune support
  • High in omega 3 fats, shown to be beneficial to heart health
  • High in fibre and contains Inulin (prebiotics) for intestinal health
  • Free from most common occurring allergens (wheat, gluten, nuts and eggs) preservatives and colourants, trans fatty acids and cholesterol
  • It is low GI, where the energy provided to you is released slowly into your blood
    • providing you with sustained energy that will keep you fuller for longer
    • This helps in minimizing cravings and overeating
    • It is therefore also suitable for people living with Diabetes
  • It can be enjoyed as breakfast, lunch or dinner, as a meal replacement shake, or as a snack

 

FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food and can also be used as part of a weight-loss eating plan however we recommend FUTURELIFE® ZERO and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food as the most suitable options.  If using FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food we recommend a serving size of 40-50g (4-5 tablespoons) mixed with water or skimmed milk.

 

Many people have used FUTURELIFE® for weight loss purposes and if you would like to read their testimonies, read articles or see an array of eating plans, please visit our Eat Smart, Live Smart section.

 

If I replace all my meals with FUTURELIFE® powdered range, can I lose weight?

It is important to first explain two things: Weight loss and Healthy eating.

Please bear in mind that weight loss is largely related to your eating behaviour and your activity levels, rather than the type of food itself or replacing meals with one type of meal replacement. For your body to perform at its peak levels and for a person to maintain a healthy weight, your Energy Input (i.e. food you eat) and your Energy Output (i.e. activity level/exercise level) must always be in balance. If you eat less and/or burn more energy through activity, you will lose weight. Exceeding your intake of carbohydrates, proteins and fats (note: not just fats or carbohydrates alone) beyond what your body needs will result in weight gain. You should aim to balance the intake of the above nutrients.

Healthy eating is eating a diet which gives you a variety of different foods in the correct portion sizes. Nothing in excess is healthy or recommended by health professionals. The South African Food-based Dietary Guidelines suggest eating a variety of protein sources, a variety of wholegrain carbohydrates, a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as consuming good fats such as olive oil and canola oil in moderation.

In a nut shell, to lose weight in a healthy and sustained manner, one must eat a variety of foods while controlling portion sizes and incorporating regular physical activity. In essence, make sure that your energy intake does not exceed the amount of energy you burn.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ and FUTURELIFE® high protein are both complete and balanced meal, containing carbohydrates, fat and protein in the right amounts, therefore both are suitable to be eaten as a meal replacement.

FUTURELIFE® powdered range is also low GI, and there have been numerous studies done to show the benefits of low GI meals with weight loss and therefore many people have experienced a benefit in weight loss with the FUTURELIFE® powdered range.

This is due to the fact that eating Low GI foods keep you fuller for longer as well as maintains blood sugar levels, ultimately reducing unhealthy cravings throughout the day and therefore reducing risk of eating unnecessarily.

HOWEVER even though FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ and FUTURELIFE®High protein can function as a meal replacement, we would not recommend replacing all of your meals throughout the day with the FUTURELIFE® powdered range. Th reason being is that the South African Food-based Dietary Guidelines (SAFBDG) recommend consuming a variety of food.

Our recommendation would be to have FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ or High Protein as a meal (e.g. breakfast) and perhaps incorporating it into 1 – 2 snacks throughout the day. The recommended portion size of these two FUTURELIFE® powdered range is:

  • 40g – 50g (4 heaped tablespoons) for women
  • 50g – 75g (6 heaped tablespoons) for men
  • 25g (2 heaped table spoons) for a snack. This will vary according to individual activity level and current weight (e.g. a 80kg rugby player will require more than a 65kg moderately active lady)

When replacing meals with FUTURELIFE® powdered range, be sure to control your portion size. FUTURELIFE® Zero or FUTURELIFE® High Protein are however our recommended choices for weight management.

Please visit our website www.futurelife.co.za for an array of healthy eating plans to assist, or visit your

local dietician for a comprehensive eating plan specific to your requirements.

How can I use FUTURELIFE® to gain weight healthily?

In very simple terms, if your energy intake (food and drinks) is the same as the energy you use up, then your weight will be stable. If you want to gain weight you will need to increase your energy intake. To avoid losing muscle, it is not recommended to decrease your energy use (physical activity).

Here are some simple tips to increase energy intake:

  • Schedule times in your day for meals and snacks and make sure that you have the food readily available. Skipping meals due to a busy schedule is a common reason for inadequate energy intake
  • If you skip meals regularly, you may have a poor appetite and struggle to eat often but stick it out and you will see as you eat regularly, your metabolism will speed up and your appetite will improve
  • Make sure that meal times are relaxed and free of anxiety which will improve your appetite
  • Many people that are underweight may have very small appetites. This may make increasing meal sizes difficult. Gradually increase meal size and at the same time try to increase the number of meals that you eat daily. Include a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. Try to schedule breakfast at around 6-7am, a snack at roughly 10am, lunch at approximately 12-1pm, a snack at around 3-4pm, and supper at about 6-7pm.
  • Try to stick to your meal times, even if you don’t feel hungry. If you can’t face the idea of eating a solid meal, try something that you can drink. Good examples include a FutureLife shake or smoothie, fruit juice, milk, yogurt or mageu. Try to include your favourite foods where possible, this will boost your appetite and likeliness to eat.
  • Avoid drinking before or during meals as this increases your stomach contents and will make you feel full more quickly. Try to drink your water between meals and snacks.
  • FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food or FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food can help you to increase your energy intake:
  • Have it as a shake, smoothie or meal
  • Mix it with milk to increase energy value and add other ingredients (peanut butter, fruit, nuts etc.)
  • It is convenient and quick
  • It is nutritionally balanced so you can have it as a meal or snack
  • When replacing a meal, try consuming 50-75g of dry FUTURELIFE®(4-7 heaped tablespoons)
  • When consuming it as a snack, use 30-40g of dry FUTURELIFE®(2-3 heaped tablespoons)
  • FUTURELIFE® shakers make transporting and preparing your shake even easier
  • If you need to gain a lot of weight, you can increase portions or add a serving with your usual meal

Try to eat a balanced diet, making carbohydrates the basis of your diet, but also including protein and fat sources with at least 5 fruit and vegetables per day. An adequate balanced diet will usually provide all of the vitamins and minerals that your body requires. Try not to consume “junk foods” such as sweets, chips, biscuits and fizzy cool drinks as meals or snacks. These should be kept as treats as they provide you with few/limited nutrients. They will not help you to pick up weight healthily.

If you wish to gain weight in the form of muscle, you will also need to include a work out regime alongside these nutritional guidelines. Muscles need good nutrition and exercise to grow. FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart Food makes a fantastic post-workout meal or shake to repair and maintain your muscles since it contains a blend of 3 different types of proteins: whey, soya isolate and caseinate. Latest sports nutrition research has found that this blend of 3 different types of proteins is particularly effective in repairing muscles after a work-out since all 3 are absorbed at different rates and therefore give your muscles a prolonged delivery of protein for adequate recovery. You can also have peace of mind knowing that the product is completely safe and free of banned substances as it is endorsed by Informed Choice.

Remember that each person is different and if you have lost weight quite suddenly there may be an underlying cause. In such an instance it would be recommended to visit your doctor to get a second opinion. For optimal weight gain it is also advisable to visit a Dietitian, she or he will consider your weight, height and age as well as your lifestyle, medical and personal circumstances to provide the best eating plan for you.

A sample FUTURELIFE® High Protein smoothie recipe:

PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BLITZ

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon smooth Peanut Butter
  • 50g (4 heaped tablespoons) of Original flavour FUTURELIFE®HIGH PROTEIN
  • 1 handful ice cubes

Preparation: Place all ingredients in your blender and process at high speed until they are well blended. Add more or less ice to achieve your preferred consistency (Serves 1).

Can FUTURELIFE® make me fat?

The simple answer is “No” FUTURELIFE® Smart Food cannot make you fat when eaten as part of a healthy eating plan.  Weight gain is largely related to your eating behaviour (such as comfort eating or snacking) and your activity levels, rather than the type of food itself.  . If you eat too much and you are less active you will gain weight.  I.e. if your energy input outweighs your energy output you will gain weight.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food provides a complete meal providing the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat. It contains all the vitamins and minerals needed to live a healthy lifestyle, and therefore it is a nutritious, balanced meal.  A balanced meal (i.e. FUTURELIFE® Smart Food) contains 60% carbohydrates, 20% protein and 20% fat.  This is the recommendation made by the South African Food Based Dietary Guidelines.

If you are trying to lose weight or maintain weight it is suggested that women should have 4 to 5 heaped tablespoons of FUTURELIFE® Smart Food at a time with water or skimmed milk.  We recommend that men have 5 to 7 tablespoons as a portion serving size. If one complies with these guidelines, you will only consume between 5% to 15% of your daily nutritional intake.

In conclusion, eating the recommended serving size of FUTURELIFE® Smart Food, as part of a healthy eating plan, cannot make you fat.

How To Prepare FUTURELIFE®

How to use the FUTURELIFE® Shaker

It’s great to hear you have seen our new Smart Shaker; this is a convenient means to mix your FUTURELIFE® on the-go.

To use the shaker, unscrew the shaker lid and remove the green aerator which is inside the shaker container. Add your FUTURELIFE® product powder into the shaker container (we recommend a 50g serving which is the equivalent to 5 heaped tablespoons) and a minimum of add 1 cup (250ml) your liquid. You may use milk, water or even fruit juice and depending on the consistency and thickness you prefer, add more liquid. Now place the green aerator back in the top of your shaker container, screw the lid back on, shake a few times and enjoy.

Can FUTURELIFE® product range be made with boiling hot water?

The FUTURELIFE® product range can be made with boiling water; however we do not recommend this due to the fact that it damages some of the vitamins in the product. If you would like to have your FUTURELIFE® product of choice warm, the recommendation is to add luke warm water or milk.

FUTURELIFE® contains many vitamins and minerals and meets 100% of most of your daily micronutrient needs in 100 grams of product. Some of these vitamins are sensitive to heat and will be damaged when exposed to boiling water. These heat-sensitive vitamins are: thiamine (B1), pantothenic acid (B5), folate and vitamin C.

If you eat a balanced, varied diet and are not dependent on FUTURELIFE® alone to meet your micronutrient needs then you will get all the micro-and macronutrients you need to optimise all your bodily functions from your daily diet.  The small amount of damage that is being done to the micronutrients in mixing FUTURELIFE® with boiling water will not be of such significance that it will negatively affect you, however our recommendation is that rather have it with cold or luke warm fluid.

FUTURELIFE® can be made with warm milk or water without any damage being done to the vitamins. The damage is only done if the liquid is >100 C°, which is at boiling point. A nice guide is nothing longer than 30 seconds on high in a microwave, or let boiling water cool for 1 minute before adding into the product.

For more enquiries or information email us at info@futurelife.co.za

Where Can I Purchase FUTURELIFE® Products

Where can I purchase your products?

FUTURELIFE® is available in all leading retail, pharmacy and sports outlets

Please see below for a full list of all the places you can buy FUTURELIFE®products

Pick n Pay
Checkers
Shoprite
Spar
Woolworths
Makro
Game
Fruit and Veg city
Boxer
Cambridge
Oxford
Checkout
Dischem

And a list of leading independent stores as well

Where can I buy FUTURELIFE® Smart Shaker?

You can buy a FUTURELIFE® Smart Shakers at DisChem.

Is it possible for me to purchase your product on a larger quantity at a reduced price?

FUTURELIFE®is unfortunately not sold directly to the public.

We suggest you buy our value pack 1.25kg size box of FUTURELIFE® as this will not only last you longer but is more cost effective.

FUTURELIFE® Family value pack is available in all leading retail outlets such as Shoprite Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Spar, Pick’n Pay, Makro and Dis-Chem

Can I buy directly from you online?

Unfortunately FUTURELIFE®does not sell online at this stage.

The good news is that FUTURELIFE® is available in all leading retail outlets such as Shoprite, Checkers, all Hypers, Super Spar, Pick’n Pay, Makro , Game, Fruit and Veg, Dis-Chem as well as many other leading retail and pharmacy stores

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ And My Kids

What is the difference between FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ and FUTURELIFE® Kids? Is Smart Food™ still safe for kids?

Complementary foods are introduced at 4 to 6 months whereas family foods can be introduced from 12 months onwards whilst continuing to breastfeed or give a breastmilk substitute. Therefore, since family foods are eaten, there is no reason why FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food cannot be included in those ‘family foods’ from the age of 1 year. There is nothing within FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart food that is unsafe or not indicated for a child.

In fact, FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food is actually a very smart choice to include as part of a varied diet because it is high in energy, protein, fibre and it is low GI to provide sustained energy which is just as important for children as it is for adults. FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food is also rich in vitamins, minerals, omega 3 fats necessary for brain development, a prebiotic for intestinal health and it is suitable for children who are gluten or lactose intolerant and have egg, nut, lactose or wheat allergies.

 

The nutrient requirements for small children are generally much lower than that for an adult. Therefore several of the nutrients in FUTURELIFE® Smart Food for Kids are lower than that in FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food such as the protein and total energy. There are however certain nutrients that are needed in higher amounts for example calcium and iron. The table on the following page highlights the major differences between the two products. FUTURELIFE® Smart Food for Kids does not contain Moducare®, simply due to lack of scientific research done on Moducare® and children under the age of 4 years. Take note: both the FUTURELIFE® Smart Food for Kids and FUTURELIFE® KIDS Smart Oats contain full cream milk powder and therefore for those that have a lactose intolerance FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food is preferred.

The increased requirements specifically for children come from the following facts. Children need two to three times more calcium per kilogram than adults because calcium is needed for maintenance of growing bones and to promote optimal bone mass. Iron-deficiency anaemia is the most common nutrient deficiency in young children and it can affect the child’s energy level, attention span and mood. 

Therefore, FutureLife Smart Food is safe for children above 12 months, whereas FutureLife Kids is just more suitable according to their nutritional requirements. If a child is consuming more than one serving (25g) of Smart Food a day, then it may be recommended to use FutureLife Kids.

The major nutritional differences between FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food and FUTURELIFE® Smart Food for KIDS are highlighted

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Therefore, FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart Food is safe for children above 12 months, whereas FUTURELIFE® Smart food for Kids and FUTURELIFE® KIDS Smart Oats arejust more suitable according to their nutritional requirements. If a child is consuming more than one serving (25g) of Smart Food a day, then it may be recommended to use either FUTURELIFE® Smart Food for Kids or FUTURELIFE® KIDS Smart Oats. Both FUTURELIFE®kids products should only be used for children between the ages of 13 -36 months.  For more enquiries or information email us at info@futurelife.co.za

Sports Training And FUTURELIFE®

How the FUTURELIFE® powdered range can work with sports training/competitions

At FUTURELIFE® we are passionate about sport and sports nutrition. For this reason we have worked hard to develop products which aid in fulfilling pre, during and post exercise dietary requirements.

Pre-exercise

A pre-exercise meal is extremely important before training/ competition. The ideal meal would be dense in low GI carbohydrates (providing a slow, sustained release of energy over a period of time), moderate in protein and low in fat. You require large amounts of carbohydrates to fuel your workout as well as make sure that your energy (glycogen) stores in your muscles are optimal.

FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ and FUTURELIFE® Zero fit the profile of a pre-workout meal perfectly. They are low GI, high in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and low in fat. The pre-workout meal should be eaten 1-4 hours before exercise, depending on tolerance, time of race, personal preference etc.

If the time between your pre-workout meal and competition/training is too large, you may require a faster release carbohydrate snack to top off your energy stores within an hour of the workout. FUTURELIFE® High Energy Bars are perfect for this as they are high GI (providing fast-acting energy) and are well tolerated soon before exercise.

During exercise

During exercise your largest priorities are hydration and carbohydrate replenishment, FUTURELIFE® High Energy Bars assist with both tasks. Our bodies are only able to store limited amounts of carbohydrates, in the form of glycogen. When levels get too low we begin to feel fatigued and lightheaded. We therefore need to refuel with 30-60g of high GI carbohydrates per hour of exercise; however this is usually only necessary when exercising for more than an hour.

A FUTURELIFE® High Energy bar contains 26g, providing close to our hourly requirements in just one serving. FUTURELIFE® High Energy Bars also contain electrolytes which are required for proper uptake of fluids and thus optimal rehydration (plain water will not rehydrate you sufficiently without electrolytes).

Post-exercise

Good recovery practices are essential for replenishing muscle glycogen stores, repairing any damage that occurred during the training/ event and maintaining a strong immune system. Better recovery post-exercise will also lead to more effective building of lean body mass, which will increase your basal metabolism to burn more energy daily.

Carbohydrates and protein are required in sufficient amounts to recover effectively. Carbohydrates will replenish glycogen stores while protein repairs and builds muscle whilst preventing muscle breakdown. The two cannot be separated and it is crucial to obtain adequate amounts of both carbohydrates and protein, generally at a ratio of 3:1.

FUTURELIFE® High Protein Smart Food™ and FUTURELIFE® High Protein or High Protein Lite bars make a great post-workout meal or snack. They contain our SMARTPROTEIN3D® blend of whey, soya isolate and caseinate, which are fast, intermediate and slow release proteins, respectively. This blend is therefore able to provide amino acids (protein) for muscle repair and growth consistently over a longer period of time. They also contain carbohydrates for the assistance in glycogen replenishment.

The post-workout meal or snack should be consumed within 30-60 minutes after exercise to ensure optimal recovery. There are several High Energy smoothie recipes that can be used pre-exercise and High protein smoothie recipes that can be used post-exercise in the smoothie section of the website

The Value of a FUTURELIFE® Product

Why is FUTURELIFE® more expensive than many other cereals ?

FUTURELIFE® is so much more than just a breakfast cereal and nutritionally contains more

Nutrients than any other cereal on the market

There is nothing to compare to FUTURELIFE®in the sense that it delivers on all the following benefits

  • It is nutrient dense
  • It is high in energy and protein
  • It contains high doses of vitamins and minerals
  • It contains high levels of fibre
  • All the powder products contain Moducare (except Kids) which is an immune modulator supplied under license by Aspen Pharmacare
  • It can instantly mixed with just milk or water
  • It is free of wheat, gluten, lactose, egg, cholesterol, nuts, tartrazine, preservatives

As a price comparison, it would make more sense to compare FUTURELIFE®to nutritional supplements (that are unually sold in tins) than to other low nutrient cereals that are found in the cereal aisle.

Want To Be An Agent or Brand Ambassador For FUTURELIFE®?

How do I request a sponsorship from FUTURELIFE®

FUTURELIFE®takes a very proactive approach to managing our “sponsored” ambassadors and usually its very difficult to become a new ambassador upon request

However if you feel you would like to request a sponsorship based on a special skill or talent you have, please email us on info@futurelife.co.za and we will get back to you

Please ensure you include as much information as possible on your request.

How do I become a supplier of marketing services for FUTURELIFE®

If you would like to be considered as a supplier of goods or services – please email us on info@futurelife.co.za and include a brochure of your company services and history.

How Do I become a FUTURELIFE® Distributor or Agent

If you wish to become a FUTURELIFE®agent or Distributor – please send us am email to info@futurelife.co.za with your request and we will revert back to you.