How to Use
Standard servings of ElementGold Plus+ and ElementGold Plus+ Vegan are made by mixing ElementGold with water but there are variations that may be suitable.
As ElementGold is nutritionally complete, when determining how many serves are needed the main consideration is the amount of energy (i.e. kilojoules or calories) you need. See below for serving variations and information about estimating how many serves you may need.
A standard serve of ElementGold is 100g (4 scoops using the included scoop) of ElementGold powder mixed with 250 mL of water. You can shake or use a blender to mix until smooth. Adding a little more or less water to create the consistency you prefer is ok and will not change the nutrition level of the serve.
A 1Kg tub of ElementGold Plus+ and ElementGold Plus+ Vegan contains enough powder for 10 serves.
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Variations to a Standard Serve
- The serving may no longer be elemental in nature.
- A Low FODMAP serve may no longer be low FODMAP.
- An ingredient may contain a sugar that you are sensitive to.
- An ingredient may alter the number of kilojoules in a serve.
You may need or want to add fat to ElementGold for various reasons such as to increase the amount of kilojoules in a serve. Typically this is done by adding 15mL of flax seed oil (or less according to tolerance) to a serve which adds 540 kJ to a serve.
The unsweetened flavours of ElementGold are designed to have a suitable sweetener added for taste reasons. For most people we recommend stevia, which is widely available. Many sweeteners, including honey could be added but many sugars are not compatible with gastrointestinal conditions or diets such as Low FODMAP diets. If you are unsure, check with your healthcare professional.
Adding Fruit or Other Ingredients
In some cases, particularly for long-term users seeking flavour variation, fruit or other ingredients such as milk or honey may be blended in. These ingredients are not elemental in nature and usually contains sugars so will not suitable for certain gastrointestinal conditions or diets such as Low FODMAP diets. If you are unsure, check with your healthcare professional to ensure you are not diminishing or counteracting the benefit of ElementGold.
Mixing ElementGold Flavours
As all flavours of ElementGold Plus+ and ElementGold Plus+ Vegan have the same base nutrients, scoops of different flavours can be mixed together in a serve for flavour variation. Only mix together ElementGold Plus+ and ElementGold Plus+ Vegan flavours that are suitable for you on their own to ensure you are not consuming unwanted sugars or added proteins. Fat (oil) and sugar can still be added with the same considerations as described above.
How much do you need?
*Each flavour of ElementGold has slightly different energy per serve. Check nutrition tables for exact values.
Each serve of of ElementGold provides you with balanced nutrition so the main factor for determining how many serves you need is the amount of energy (kilojoules or calories) you are looking to replace from your normal diet.
ElementGold is food. Some days you may be more or less hungry and so as with other food you may want more or less serves. The amount of energy that each of us needs from food is different depending on factors such as gender, age, physical activity and if we are trying to gain or lose weight. Because of this there is not a standard figure for how many serves of ElementGold you need. However, as a rough guide; a daily food energy intake of 8700 kJ is 5 to 6 serves of ElementGold.
Sole Source of Nutrition
In some cases, your healthcare professional may put you on a diet where the only food you eat is ElementGold, usually for a period of 2 to 3 weeks as a treatment for serious gastrointestinal conditions. Such diets are sometimes known as Gut Rest Diets or Complete Elemental Diets. Whilst on these diets ElementGold will be your Sole Source of Nutrition. ElementGold has a balance of nutrients that make it suitable as a Sole Source of Nutrition in compliance with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Such diets must be conducted under the guidance of a medical professional, who will be able to direct you as to how many serves of ElementGold Plus+ or ElementGold Plus+ Vegan you should consume each day.
Partial and Casual Use
In many cases ElementGold Plus+ and ElementGold Plus+ Vegan will be used used to replace only some of your meals or for periods where you are experiencing a flare up of your condition. In these cases the amount of serves you will need will roughly match the amount of kilojoules in the food you are replacing. Depending on your hunger levels you may have more or less serves during certain times.