FAQ

A shift towards health and longevity worldwide has led to a host of interesting health questions. We believe that a knowledgeable 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!

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.

Can the 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 optimize 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.

How to use the FUTURELIFE® Shaker

It’s great to hear you have seen our 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 1 cup (250ml) of 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 I eat the FUTURELIFE® powdered range if I suffer from Gout?

To best understand Gout, we need to first look at Purines. Purines 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® powdered range are SmartMaize® and FutureSoy. Maize is part of the food group that is lowest in purines. These foods are recommended to be eaten daily. FutureSoy is a plant protein (soy and Soy Isolate) and it contains a moderate amount of purines. It is recommended to take moderate amounts or 1 serving of soy daily (1 serving is ½ cup).

FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ also contain MODUCARE®, an immune supplement, which will help to support the immune system, helping to reduce the number of flare ups in Gout as well as the severity thereof.

Considering that maize has a low and soy 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 Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ already contain skim milk powder.

If I am pregnant or 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 full FUTURELIFE® product range including FUTURELIFE® Smart food™, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™, FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™, FUTURELIFE® CRUNCH Smart food™, FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets and FUTURELIFE® SmartBars, FUTURELIFE® Crunch Bar, FUTURELIFE® Whole Grain Granola Bars and FUTURELIFE® Smart Bread™ can be used as part of a healthy eating plan during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

FUTURELIFE® Smart food™, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ 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 Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ 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 Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ are high in iron as well as vitamin C, which helps to increase the absorption of iron.

FUTURELIFE® Smart food™, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ 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 Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ are high in fibre and contain prebiotics to help keep your digestive system healthy. FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets is also high in fibre and contains individually wrapped sachets of HOWARU® Premium Probiotics to assist with gut and immunity health. 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 Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ 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 Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ 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.
Contains 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 of the FUTURELIFE® product you consume, you may need to take additional supplements.

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

Is the 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 Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™.

FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ 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 Smart food™ contains 12g of fibre per 100g and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ contains 7.3g per 100g.

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 Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ contain just 336mg and 397mg 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 Smart food™ has no added cane sugar, FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ has just under one and a half teaspoons of sugar per 50g serving (7.3g), and both are low GI. You can therefore eat both with peace 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. Soy is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as lecithin, both of which have shown heart benefits.

FUTURELIFE® 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.

Apart from our powdered range, FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets is also a suitable option as it is high in fibre (26.1g per 100g), free from trans fats, cholesterol and low in saturated fat. It contains slightly over 1 teaspoon of sugar per 45g serving (5.4g) and is a source of protein. It is also high in 12 vitamins and contains 3 minerals

To conclude, FUTURELIFE® powdered range as well as FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets can be used and play a part in the treatment and prevention of heart disease. FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ can be used one or more times daily as a meal replacement or snack.

Is FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ 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 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 foods:
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 stabilize 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 gives you 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 Smart food™ are both high in energy and protein containing 1492KJ, 18g protein and 1410KJ, 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 in FUTURELIFE® Smart food™), 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 an increased vitamin intake, especially B6 and D, and mineral intake from food and supplements. FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ 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 individual needs per day. FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ 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 Smart food™ 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 diarrhea.
Contains electrolytes and mixed with water/milk aid in rehydration.

FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN 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 these products makes them 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 FUTURELIFE® High Energy SmartBar, FUTURELIFE® High Protein SmartBar and FUTURELIFE® High Protein LITE SmartBar in a variety of flavours.

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.

The following 4 FUTURELIFE® products can fit into the diet of an individual with liver disease. FUTURELIFE® Smart food™, FUTURELIFE® CRUNCH Smart food™, FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™.

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™, FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™
are all high in vitamins 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™, FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN 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 these products 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.

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 healthy, balanced diet (ask your local Dietician 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 and manufacture 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 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 Hypertension, 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 Dietician.

The degree of kidney impairment will be determined by your doctor (by means of blood and urine tests).

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 limited. 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% 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 all vitamins and most 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 dietician 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® powdered range would be safe for everyone with renal disease and instead an individualized approach should be used when considering the FUTURELIFE® powdered range.

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