Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Section: ElementGold Composition

Does ElementGold contain milk?

Australian and New Zealand food standards regulations require a statement highlighting where milk, or any component of milk, is added to food. The only ingredient in ElementGold that this applies to is the whey protein isolate, which is derived from cow's milk. The whey protein isolate used in ElementGold is processed in such a way that it has extremely low levels of lactose (see FAQ about lactose below).

Is Element Gold lactose free?

The only ingredient in ElementGold that could contain lactose is the whey protein isolate. The whey protein isolate used in ElementGold is obtained using an ion-exchange, cold, cross-flow membrane extraction method. Although more costly, this method aims to better preserve the protein and remove as much of the casein and lactose as possible.

The specification for this whey protein isolate is for a maximum of 0.5% lactose but the typical range for it is less than 0.2%. These values are tested by the WPI manufacturer using AOAC standard 986.25. These values mean that there is never going to be more than 0.16g of lactose per serve (250ml water + 100g powder) of ElementGold and there will usually be less than 0.064g of lactose per serve.

ElementGold is considered "Low Lactose" under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code as it has less than 2g of lactose per 100g of the food. ElementGold is not considered as "Lactose Free" under code as it would have to contain no detectable lactose.

Is ElementGold gluten free?

ElementGold is not made from oats, wheat or cereals that contain gluten or that have been malted, or their products and would be unlikely to contain detectable gluten. It has not been tested to be certified as being gluten free.

How much fructose is in Element Gold Chocolate Royale?

A 100g serving of ElementGold Chocolate Royale contains 13g of fructose. None of the other flavours contain fructose. If you are concerned about sweeteners try using ElementGold Unsweetened Vanilla, which contains no additional sweeteners, allowing you to add your own.

Why does ElementGold Unsweetened Vanilla list sugars in the Nutrition Information panel?

ElementGold Unsweetened Vanilla contains no additional sugars or sweeteners. A 100g serve of ElementGold Unsweetened Vanilla contains 2.7g of sugars. These are naturally occuring sugars in the tapioca maltodextrin (which contibutes 1.8g per serve) and less than a gram in the natural vanilla flavourings.

FAQ Section: Who can use ElementGold?

Is ElementGold suitable for children?

ElementGold is a food and is suitable for children and adults. Keep in mind that the nutritional requirements of all users will differ and consumption should be guided by your healthcare professional. Additionally:

  • ElementGold is not suitable as an infant formula product.
  • When used as a sole source of nutrition ElementGold must be used under the guidance of a doctor or healthcare professional.

Can I use ElementGold if I don’t have Crohn’s Disease?

Yes! Although it was designed for IBD sufferers in accordance with many years of clinical studies based upon the success of elemental diets in the management of Crohn’s disease, elemental diets are useful in almost any condition where absorption of nutrients is impaired. Examples of this include those post GI surgery, those who have difficulty chewing or swallowing, during or post chemotherapy to maintain weight and healthy vitamin and mineral levels. Elemental diets can also be used to support nutrient levels during chronic or acute diarrhoea from any cause.

Is ElementGold FODMAP Friendly?

Unsweetened Vanilla is the only flavour which could be considered FODMAP friendly. It contains no added sugar and utilises maltodextrin derived from tapioca making it a low FODMAP food. It can be sweetened with Stevia or your choice of any other appropriate sweetener. Remember once you add anything to ElementGold, it will no longer be an elemental diet and we recommend that you develop your diet with the assistance of a health professional. The sweetened flavours, Chocolate Royale, French Vanilla and Berry Fusion all contain dextrose or a combination of fructose and dextrose which render them less likely to be appropriate for a FODMAP diet.

Can I take ElementGold for SIBO?

There have been publications indicating that those patients returning an abnormal lactulose breath test (positive for SIBO) utilising an elemental diet not only succeeded in normalising their breath test and improving their bowel symptoms after one month, but that this improvement was sustained after the diet had concluded. Consult your health professional as to whether an elemental diet is appropriate for use after your SIBO diagnosis. See the Scientific Literature section for the reference.

Is ElementGold suitable for pregnant women?

There is nothing inherantly unsuitable for pregnant women. As individuals may have different requirements or restrictions, we recommend consulting with your healthcare professional before consuming ElementGold if you are pregnant.

FAQ Section: ElementGold as an Elemental Diet

Do I need to take ElementGold exclusively for a period of time?

Not necessarily. Your medical professional may initially recommend a certain period of time, called an “induction period” where you use ElementGold exclusively until your symptoms settle. After that point, they may advise a slow return to either an appropriate exclusion diet or normal diet, where ElementGold is used for only part of the time or only used when you experience flare-ups, to manage your condition drug-free.

When would I expect to see results and what can I expect?

You should begin to see positive results in as little as one week. Remember that ElementGold is a liquid and although the majority is absorbed in the small intestine prior to reaching the large intestine, you can expect to have liquid stool as a result. This is not diarrhoea, but simply the result of a liquid diet. The absence of solid stool is essential for gut rest and healing of mucosal wounds.

FAQ Section: Using Element Gold

I can't find the scoop.

During shipping the plastic measuring scoop might shift in the powder. Usually it will not be too far below the surface and tilting and rolling the bottle will help you find it. A 4-scoop serving is 100g and the included scoop provides a good approximation but you can substitute it if required.

What is the white sachet in the bottle?

This is known as a dessicant and is designed to help keep ElementGold as dry as possible during storage. Although not to be eaten it is harmless.