Medical Conditions Requiring a High Protein and High Fat Diet

The progressive deterioration in nutrition status frequently seen in cancer patients is often referred to as cancer cachexia. Unlike starvation, in which fat stores from adipose are depleted and protein is spared from skeletal muscle, neither fat nor protein is spared in cachexia. Cachexia affects nearly half of cancer patients, causing the clinical manifestations of anorexia, muscle wasting, weight loss, early satiety, fatigue, and impaired immune response. Cachexia does not only impede the response to chemotherapy but also is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. About 50% of all cancer patients suffer from cachexia. Prevalence of cachexia rises in more advanced stages and is estimated to affect 80% of terminal cancer patients.

Medical Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Chronic Obstructive    
    Pulmonary Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Dementia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Mercury Poisoning
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Celiac Disease
  • Elderly patients with poor appetite
  • Patients with eating disorders

Hospital Malnutrition Research

Nutritionday, in collaboration with Abbott, looked at the one-day nutritional habits and caloric intake of 10,000 patients admitted to 245 U.S hospitals from 2009-2015. The researchers evaluated the prevalence of malnutrition and linked it to food intake.

“Results of the study indicated that 51% of patients are eating 50% or less of their meals, with reduced intake linked to higher mortality. Adults who did not eat any of their food in the hospital had close to a 6 times higher risk of death compared to those who ate some food. And among those who could eat, but decided to eat nothing, only 11% were given a nutritional supplement. The study also found that close to 50% of patients admitted with ailments related to an infectious disease or those with long term care issues were at risk for malnutrition. Nearly 40% of cancer patients were also found to be at risk of malnutrition, according to study results.”

FAQ's - Heavenly Hash Creamery high protein ice cream responses to fitness, health and wellness questions, and medical issues.

How does protein improve fitness recovery?

    • According to the National Library of Medicine, studies have overwhelmingly and consistently demonstrated the acute benefits of protein supplementation on post-exercise muscle anabolism, which may facilitate the recovery of muscle function and performance.
    • According to WebMD, protein is essential to our bodies' normal functions. It assists in synthesizing enzymes and hormones, maintaining fluid balance, and regulating such vital functions as building antibodies against infection, blood clotting, and scar formation. Protein is also a building block for our muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, hair, and blood.
    • Whether you are an avid strength trainer, a marathon runner, or just an average exerciser, or recovering from surgery, or fighting cancer, nutritionists recommend a balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, quality protein sources, and complex carbohydrates.
    • The National Institutes of Health confirms that protein builds, maintains, and repairs muscle and tissues. Protein optimizes muscle training response during exercise and subsequent recovery periods.
    • ANSWER: Protein builds, maintains, and repairs muscle and tissues. Protein optimizes muscle training response during exercise and subsequent recovery periods.
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How does protein improve health and wellness?

    • Your body requires protein for growth and maintenance of body tissues and muscle. Ordinarily, your body breaks down the same amount of protein that it uses to build and repair tissues. Other times, it breaks down more protein than it can create, thus increasing your body’s needs, most commonly during periods of physical stress and illness.
    • Protein helps maintain healthy skin, hair and nails, and provide various parts of your body with structure, strength and elasticity.
    • Protein helps build antibodies to assist in protecting your body from foreign invaders, like disease-causing bacteria and viruses.
    • People recovering from an injury or surgery, physical & spa therapies, intense workouts, as well as older adults and athletes require more protein.
    • ANSWER: Protein helps repair and build your body’s tissues, coordinates important bodily functions including maintaining healthy skin, nails, and hair, help keep your immune system vibrant. Taken together, these functional benefits make protein one of the most important nutrients for your health and wellness.
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How does protein help with wound healing?

    • Your body needs protein to help build and repair muscle, skin, and other body tissues. Protein also helps fight infection, balance body fluids, and carry oxygen through your body. When you have a wound that's healing, think of food as medicine. Protein aids the body in repairing damaged tissues.
    • As the National Institute of Health points out, deficiency in protein have been shown to contribute to poor healing rates. When your body doesn’t get enough of this essential element, it has a difficult time forming collagen. Unfortunately, the wound healing process further exacerbates protein loss, as the body can lose up to 100 milligrams of protein per day due to exudation, or fluid leakage from the affected area. For this reason, a high protein diet is essential during recovery. Protein also helps fight infection, balance body fluids, and carry oxygen through your body.
    • ANSWER: Highest protein content per ounce of ice cream on the market. Starting at 8 grams of protein and high fat content starting at 14% per 4 ounce serving of ice cream

Do you have gluten issues?

    • 1 in 133 people in the U.S., have celiac disease, in which gluten triggers an autoimmune response that attacks the lining of the small intestine. The body cannot absorb nutrients into the bloodstream properly, leading to anemia, delayed growth, and weight loss.
    • ANSWER: Our product contains 5ppm pf gluten which is considered gluten free with no artificial coloring or malt in our ice cream.

Issues with taste and texture?

    • Many high-protein/high-fat nutritional supplements on the market have an unpleasant taste and may result in poor tolerance and acceptance. Ice cream is considered a comfort food! It is great nutritional option for those experiencing difficulty swallowing due to these 3 medical conditions (dysphagia-difficulty swallowing, dysgeusia-unable to taste and xerostomia-dry mouth).
    • ANSWER: We developed stimulating flavors with great tasting ice cream and no protein aftertaste.

What type of Kosher is Heavenly Hash Creamery ice cream?

    • “Kosher” is a term used to describe foods that comply with dietary guidelines set by traditional Jewish law. These laws determine which foods may be consumed and how they must be produced, processed, and prepared.
    • ANSWER: The KOF-K emblem is the internationally recognized trademark of KOF-K Kosher Supervision, one of the foremost Kosher certification agencies in the United States. When consumers see the KOF-K kosher symbol on a product, they know they are buying food that has been certified to meet the highest standards of kashrus. 

Why soy free?

    • Soy contains isoflavones, which act like estrogen in the body. Since many breast cancers need estrogen to grow, it would stand to reason that soy could increase breast cancer risk. Different studies have shown mixed results. Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Study.  
      Soy may interfere with thyroid hormone medication used to treat hypothyroidism.
    • ANSWER: Our product is soy free to eliminate the risk to anyone dealing with cancers that grow with estrogen.

Do you have a lactose intolerance?

    • People with lactose intolerance are unable to fully digest the sugar (lactose) in milk. As a result, they have diarrhea, gas and bloating after eating or drinking dairy products. The condition, which is also called lactose malabsorption, is usually harmless, but its symptoms can be uncomfortable.

    • A deficiency of lactase — an enzyme produced in your small intestine — is usually responsible for lactose intolerance. Many people have low
      levels of lactase but are able to digest milk products without problems. If you're actually lactose intolerant, though, your lactase deficiency leads to symptoms after you eat dairy foods.

    • ANSWER: Our Ice cream contains lactose amounts ranging only from 2.12g to 2.55g per 4 oz servings. 1 cup of skim milk contains 13.18g of lactose. Health authority recommendations.