FAQ

    General Questions

    Is this product nutritionally balanced?

    This product contains over 20 essential vitamins and minerals, as well as complete protein, carbohydrates, and fats derived exclusively from whole food ingredients. The macronutrient distribution for each product can be found at hcp.elsenutrition.com/products.  

    Can your products be used as sole source of nutrition?

    No, our products are not intended for sole source of nutrition. Nutritional applications include supplemental oral intake or tube feeding, increased nutrient needs, intractable food intolerance, or as a nutritionally appropriate, non-soy, plant-based alternative to cow’s milk. 

    Is this product eligible for insurance coverage?

    Our products have not yet been HCPCS Code. Please contact us directly if you have a patient who is in need of assistance with coverage so we can assist with other resources in the interim.

    Are your products suitable for a low FODMAP diet?

    Yes, please refer to the individual FODMAP profiles in each product section for relevant information in prescribing a low FODMAP diet. 

    Are your products appropriate for tube feeding?

    Our products can be used with tube feeding products at standard dilution and under general tube-feeding safety guidelines, such as from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition1 and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics2. 

    Are your products Clean Label? What does this mean?

    Yes, our products are Clean Label. Clean Label is a consumer-driven movement that focuses on food and ingredient transparency. A food is considered a Clean Label if it contains only natural, familiar, and simple ingredients that are easy to recognize, understand and pronounce. This means there are no artificial ingredients or synthetic chemicals in the food. To learn more about ingredients that are not considered clean label visit Go Clean Label for a list. And check out our certification here!  

    Are the heavy metals in your products? What are the levels of heavy metals in your products?

    Heavy metals are naturally occurring metals in the environment with high density (hence "heavy"). Plant-based products bear heavy metals in plants that come from the soil. Else products are monitored for heavy metals to ensure the level is within the allowed levels for food. Our product is also certified as Clean Label (check out our certification!), and, as part of the Clean Label’s Purity Award certification process, all heavy metals levels were analyzed and confirmed to be below the maximal allowed levels in baby food. 

    Do your products contain any animal-derived ingredients?

    Our products are made with no animal-derived ingredients. 

    Are your products kosher?

    Yes, our products are Kosher and certified by OU. 

    Do your products contain any artificial growth hormones?

    No, our products do not include any growth hormones.   

    Else™ Toddler Questions

    What are the ingredients in Else™ Toddler?

    Else™ Toddler contains almond butter, buckwheat flour, tapioca maltodextrin, and vitamins and minerals. The toddler nutritional drink is slightly sweetened with a low amount of sugar, less than 2% - significantly less than traditional offerings. 92% of the product’s composition is made up of 3 whole plant ingredients: 

    • Almond butter is a rich protein source, but also contains biotin, Vitamin E, copper, and manganese. Almonds also provide good amounts of Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), phosphorus, magnesium, and molybdenum. They are also a great source of monounsaturated fat. Almonds are a whole food alternative to protein sources like cow’s milk whey, casein, or processed soy, are highly digestible, and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. Prebiotic fiber from almonds favorably alters the intestinal microbiome. 
    • Buckwheat is a high-quality, gluten-free plant with grain-like seeds and a source of protein (full amino acid profile - all 8 essential amino acids, making it a high-quality protein source) and nutritious carbohydrates. Buckwheat is also a very good source of manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and antioxidants. It is also a source of favorable prebiotic fiber for the intestinal tract. 
    • Tapioca maltodextrin, derived from the root vegetable cassava (think: yuca) is an easy-to-digest form of carbohydrate and is free of taste, smell, and flavor, made using water and all-natural enzymes.  

    Is Else™ Toddler compliant with FDA regulatory requirements? What are its nutritional values?

    Regulatory guidelines for the nutrient content of formulas and drinks designed for toddlers (1-3 years old) have not been clearly established by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). However, products must be manufactured in a facility that strictly follows current FDA good manufacturing principles and procedures. Manufacturers must accurately define the finished product with appropriate labeling to ensure that the nutrients declared on the label are met during the shelf life.  

    Most toddler formulas are powders that are easily mixed with water to provide a nutrient-rich formula. 

    While there are many nutritional options for toddler formulas and toddler milk, most include cow’s milk proteins or soy proteins. Until now, this posed a problem for children with cow milk and/or soy allergies. Hydrolyzed/elemental and hypoallergenic formulas are not very palatable. 

    With respect to the carbohydrate sources, most toddler formulas and toddler milk use lactose and extracts derived from corn (corn syrup solids or corn maltodextrin). Some formulas add prebiotic fibers, such as galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), or fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) to support gut health; however, these fibers belong to a family of carbohydrates known as fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols (FODMAPs) which may contribute to gassiness in some toddlers. Else™ Toddler is certified as low-FODMAP and only contains naturally occurring fibers from our main ingredients. 

    The oil blends found in toddler formulas and toddler milk are diverse, however, the majority use soy oil (for monounsaturated fat) and sunflower oil (to optimize essential fatty acid intakes), and coconut oil (for saturated fat). Else Nutrition has developed an alternative to standard toddler milk beverages and toddler formulas. Else™ Toddler delivers protein from a proprietary blend of almonds and buckwheat using a clean, chemical-free process. This plant-based alternative to dairy or soy-based formulas and toddler milks is made from whole food such as almond, buckwheat, tapioca. It is also free of any dairy or soy ingredients, free of any antibiotics, hormone-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO. 

    What is the source of protein in Else™ Toddler?

    The 2 sources of protein in Else™ Toddler are almonds and buckwheat. The combination of both sources is high-quality plant-based protein sources that contain all the essential amino acids. Please refer to product guides for full amino acid profiles. 

    Is Else™ Toddler suitable for infants?

    The best nutrition for infants is breast milk (exclusively up to 6 months and with complementary feeding from 6 months) or infant formula when exclusive breast milk is not available. 

     Else™ Toddler was designed to supplement the diet of toddlers ages 1-3 years. 

    We are developing soy-free plant-based infant formula which will be available in the next few years once the clinical study has been completed to reach FDA approval. 

    Can Else™ Toddler be used in addition to other foods, breast milk etc.? How often should we use the product?

    Just like a toddler formula, Else™ Toddler can be used daily or occasionally; with any combination of breast milk, dairy milk, or solid foods. It provides a source of complete nutrition beyond 12 months of age; however, it is not intended for sole source nutrition. 

    Else™ Kids Questions

    From what age Else™ Kids?

    Else Kids is suitable for children over two years old. 

    What are the ingredients in Else™ Kids?

    Else™ Kids contains almond butter, buckwheat flour, tapioca maltodextrin, and vitamins and minerals. The toddler nutritional drink is slightly sweetened with Tapioca syrup- significantly less than traditional offerings. 

    95% of the product’s composition is made up of 3 whole plant ingredients: 

    Almond butter is a rich protein source, but also contains biotin, Vitamin E, copper, and manganese. Almonds also provide good amounts of Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), phosphorus, magnesium, and molybdenum. They are also a great source of monounsaturated fat.  Almonds are a whole food alternative to protein sources like cow’s milk whey, casein, or processed soy, are highly-digestible, and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. Prebiotic fiber from almonds favorably alters the intestinal microbiome. 

    Buckwheat is a high-quality, gluten-free plant with grain-like seeds and a source of protein (full amino acid profile - all 8 essential amino acids, making it a high-quality protein source) and nutritious carbohydrates. Buckwheat is also a very good source of manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and antioxidants. It is also a source of favorable prebiotic fiber for the intestinal tract. 

    Tapioca, derived from the root vegetable cassava (think: yuca) is an easy-to-digest form of carbohydrate and is free of taste, smell, and flavor, made using water and all-natural enzymes.  

    Natural Flavors are added to Else™ Kids using the following ingredients: 

    • Real Cocoa Powder (Chocolate Flavor) 
    • Natural Vanilla (Vanilla Flavor) 

    What is the source of protein in Else™ Kids?

    The 2 sources of protein in Else™ Kids are almonds and buckwheat. The combination of both sources is high-quality plant-based protein sources that contain all the essential amino acids. 

    Can it replace meals and be used as a sole source of nutrition?

    It can replace a meal but is not designed to be a sole source of nutrition. 

    How often should my child drink Else™ Kids? What is the recommended daily amount?

    It may be used as desired daily, occasionally and in any combination with other food products. 

    Can Else™ Kids be used for weight gain?

    Else™ Kids contains 210 kcal/serving as well as vitamins/minerals that are required for children who have increased nutrient needs for weight gain. 

    How much choline and prebiotics does it contain?

    Else™ Kids contains 69 mg choline per serving, an essential nutrient and is involved in brain development, cellular growth and metabolism, as well as 1 g of dietary fiber per serving. 

    Can it replace infant and toddler formula?

    Infants, toddlers, and kids have different nutritional needs. Else™ Kids is designed for kids and is not for infants below 12 months of age. 

    Coming Soon: Else™ Infant Formula Questions

    What are the regulatory requirements for infant formula? How will Else’s infant formula meet guidelines and the nutritional requirements?

    Baby formula is designed to mimic the nutritional composition found in breastmilk. Your baby’s first year of life is a period of rapid growth and infant formula supports this growth by providing adequate macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Keep in mind that by the end of your baby’s first year, s/he will likely be twice as long as and three times as heavy as they were at birth!

    Infant formula is considered food, and therefore is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has set a specific range for the macronutrients protein, fat, and carbohydrate and minimum requirement concentrations of 29 essential nutrients that must be in the formula.  

    Your baby will require high levels of carbohydrates and fats and some protein. These three macronutrients form the foundation of all infant formulas.

    Cow milk protein has been used as the standard protein source in formulas for many years. The carbohydrate source in baby formula is generally lactose, but could also include maltodextrin, corn syrup, or sucrose. 

    Baby formula will typically contain a blend of several vegetable oils because these blends mimic the fatty acids found in breast milk. Fat blends in baby formula vary but may include high oleic safflower oil, soy oil, coconut oil, palm oil, or palm kernel oil. 

    Else’s future infant formula product will be made of plant-based ingredients, providing all nutrients, and will adhere to all regulatory requirements set by the FDA. We avoid genetically modified ingredients, as well as antibiotics, and heavy metals.

    Will the future Else infant formula product be clinically-tested?

    Else infant formula will be clinically studied. We are working to meet the highest safety standards required by the FDA and WHO to bring our infant formula to market.

    What is the plan for Infant Formula FDA Compliance?

    The company started the regulatory process to achieve compliance for its infant formula (0-12 months) in the United States and Europe. 

    The FDA requires the submission of new infant formula notifications for every new infant formula to be marketed in the US. This notification includes data on composition (that should be according to the nutritional composition in 21 CFR 107), stability, protein efficiency study, and a clinical safety study. Since the ingredients of the Company's products are innovative and new to this industry, this process starts with the evaluation of the regulatory status of its ingredients and the gaps for approving them for infant consumption. 

    The full process usually takes 24-36 months.