Frequently asked questions - Puria Mothers Nutritional Shake

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This shake is ideal for busy mums, particularly pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who need to ensure they are getting enough nutrition for their needs. It also contains protein, calcium and energy to keep you going throughout the day.

During the first trimester of pregnancy your energy requirements remain the same as pre-pregnancy levels.  During the second trimester – it is estimated you may require an additional 335 calories1 per day.  During the third trimester it is estimated that an additional 450 calories1 are required daily, and during breastfeeding up to 500 calories1 more than pre-pregnancy are needed.

Puria® Mothers Nutritional Supplement contains 140 calories per drink, so this a quick and tasty way to add extra calories and nutrients into your diet, which is especially helpful if you are busy as it is conveniently packaged so you can pop it in your bag to have on hand wherever you are.

1For Pregnant and breastfeeding women 19 – 50years –  Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand – Including Recommended Dietary Intakes, 2006.  Estimated energy requirements only, actual energy requirements will be based on height, weight and activity level of the individual.

Folate is an essential B vitamin and is found naturally in leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, wholemeal bread, yeast, liver and legumes. Folic acid refers to pteroylmonoglutamic acid and is the synthetic (‘man made’) form of folate. Folic acid is used in dietary supplements and fortified foods and beverages. It is more bio-available (more readily absorbed and used in the body) and stable, than naturally occurring food folate. Folic Acid can reduce the risk of fetal neural tube defects when consumed at the appropriate level, at least the month before and for three months after conception. Puria® contains 360μg folic acid per serve (100% RDI2**) and this should be considered as part of a healthy diet involving the consumption of a variety of foods for women of child bearing age.

Iron is a carrier of oxygen throughout the body and helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. Due to an increase in blood volume during pregnancy, you will need to increase your iron intake. Lack of iron may make you feel tired and exhausted during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The form of iron used in Puria is iron pyrophosphate, which is well recognised in the food industry as being stable, tasteless and relatively non-irritating. This drink is an excellent and easy to drink source of iron, providing more than 80% of your daily Iron recommended dietary intake (83% RDI2**/250% RDI3**). 

The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones; to maintain the nervous system and help with normal brain function. Our product contains a soluble iodine salt, not elemental iodine. You will get at least 100% of your daily Iodine recommended dietary intake (123% RDI2**/100% RDI3**).

Protein is necessary for tissue building and repair and contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass.

Calcium is essential for normal teeth and bone structure. During pregnancy and while breastfeeding it is important to maintain your body’s requirements for calcium and this drink makes it easy, as one serving per day provides 30% of your calcium needs (30% RDI¹ **).

Yes it does, but nowadays we also cover-up and wear sunscreen, so sometimes our daily intake is below where it should be. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and is necessary for normal bone structure. This drink provides at least 100% of your daily Vitamin D adequate intake (100% AI**).

Yes, the bottle label contains a thin lightproof layer, that protects the Vitamin D from sunlight.

If you take Puria® with another supplement, you might be taking more than the recommended amount of nutrients. We would not recommend you do this without seeking medical advice.

It contains just 8.9g sugars per 100mL (total carbohydrate is 11g per 100mL).

Resistant Maltodextrin is a prebiotic fibre. It is a corn maltodextrin that is modified so that it is neither digested nor absorbed in the small intestine (unlike conventional maltodextrin which is quickly digested and completely absorbed from the upper GI tract). Resistant maltodextrin passes through the stomach and small intestine, and is broken down slowly by enzymes in the colon so it is an ideal source of nutrition for the good microflora in the lower GI tract, hence it is a prebiotic. It has a mild laxative effect, so it is particularly helpful during the later stages of pregnancy when constipation is a problem. Lastly, unlike other soluble prebiotics, i.e. inulin, our product does not cause gas/flatulence.

No, it can be kept in the cupboard because it is sterilized by UHT (ultra high temperature). It tastes more delicious when chilled, so we do recommend that you put it in the fridge to have it ready chilled to easily enjoy.

Both you and your baby will be in the care of a specialist team if you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. We recommend that you seek specialist advice on whether Puria® is suitable for you. 

A natural enzymatic process is used to convert the milk sugar (lactose) into glucose and galactose. A very small amount of lactose remains after this (just 0.01 gram per bottle). This is the same process used in other common beverages that are usually then suitable for people with lactose intolerance to drink.

Sorry, Puria® is not suitable in cases of dairy allergy.

Yes. Our Puria® Mother’s Nutritional Supplement is gluten free.

Yes. Our Puria® Mother’s Nutritional Supplement is caffeine free.

Unfortunately Puria® Mothers Nutritional Supplement crème brûlée isn’t Halal certified. The Natural Flavour used in Puria® Mothers Nutritional Supplement isn’t Halal suitable. However, all other ingredients are. 

Calcium, which is naturally present in all dairy foods, will affect to some degree the absorption of Iron. We have included Iron in Puria as a way to boost a woman’s overall daily intake of Iron, because generally we do not eat enough Iron-containing foods in our daily nutrition. Puria has a number of other positive attributes: it also contains Folic acid, Vitamin D, Iodine, Protein, Soluble Fibre, Carbohydrate and is free of Lactose.

RDI’s and AI’s calculated according to the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand, NZ Ministry of Health, 2006 * Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ. Your daily intakes may be higher or lower depending on your energy needs. ** RDI1 = Recommended Dietary Intake for both breastfeeding and pregnant women 19- 50yrs. RDI2 = Recommended Dietary Intake for pregnant women 19 – 50yrs. RDI3 = Recommended Dietary Intake for breastfeeding women 19 – 50yrs. AI = Adequate Intake for breastfeeding and pregnant women 19 – 50yrs. 

Yes, the cardboard outer can be added to the paper/card recycling. The bottle is made of the same materials as other drink bottles (PET) so it can also be recycled as usual. 

The Puria® bottles are made of PET (the same material used in water and softdrink bottles) and there is no BPA (Bisphenol A) used in the manufacture of either the PET or during the process of manufacturing the Puria bottles. So yes, they are BPA free.