Vital 1.5kcal


What is gastrointestinal intolerance?

Gastrointestinal (GI) intolerance happens when the digestive system cannot process some foods, causing discomfort.1 GI intolerance is much more common than food allergy and has distinctly different causes and symptoms.1 Unlike a food allergy, it does not involve an immune system reaction - in fact, people with GI intolerance can usually tolerate small amounts of these foods without experiencing any uncomfortable symptoms.1

The symptoms of GI intolerance happen quite slowly (often many hours after eating the offending food), last for a long time and include bloating and stomach cramps. 1

Other tell-tale signs of GI intolerance may include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal cramps or discomfort
  • Steatorrhoea (pale smelly lose stools that are difficult  to flush away)


These symptoms can sometimes lead to weight loss and/or malnutrition.



Introducing Vital 1.5kcal

Vital 1.5kcal is an oral nutritional supplement that contains partially broken down proteins (peptides) and fats (medium chain triglycerides), which means the nutrients are easier to digest and absorb. Vital 1.5kcal may be useful for you if you are experiencing symptoms of GI intolerance and are at risk of losing or have lost weight. This could be due to not eating enough or not absorbing enough nutrients to meet your needs.





  1. 1. NHS Choices, 2012. Accessed 10 June 2014.