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  • Hormel Vital Cuisine™ and American Cancer Society® Partnership



    The maker of HORMEL VITAL CUISINE™ products and the American Cancer Society® have a forged an exciting new partnership


    What the partnership means
    Improving the lives of those affected by cancer is the mutual goal that brought these two organizations together. Two together is stronger than one alone.

    The American Cancer Society together with its Hope Lodges are making HORMEL VITAL CUISINE™ products accessible to those in their care at locations all over the country and we are sponsoring Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events from coast to coast. These events will raise awareness and help bring nutrition during treatment to the forefront.

    Hand in hand HORMEL VITAL CUISINE™ products and the American Cancer Society® will bring awareness and change to the community. Helping those without nutritional resources and promoting overall health for all affected by cancer.

    The synergy is undeniable and we are excited to see the amazing things that will be done as a result of this exciting new partnership.

    American Cancer Society®
    For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society® has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of their supporters worldwide, they help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

    The maker of HORMEL VITAL CUISINE™ products has a profound mission to bring nutrition to those in treatment and those in recovery. We listened to the needs of patients and tailored their products to the very specific struggles they faced allowing one product line to nutritionally support a wide range of patients organoleptic needs.

    For more information on the American Cancer Society and to find out how you can be a part of these events visit

    For more info on HORMEL VITAL CUISINE™ products visit

  • Taste

    When we set out to create HORMEL VITAL CUISINE™ ready-to-drink shakes and meals we knew they had to taste great. That’s a given. But we also knew the challenges that cancer patients face when in treatment. Aversions to strong tastes and smells, a metallic flavor associated with many foods and loss of appetite, making the desire to eat almost non- existent. This was our challenge. To create a line of nutrient-dense products that helped to meet these specific needs and tasted great.

    unique journey

    First thing was to limit the ingredients that would affect taste in a negative way. Many other products add vitamins and minerals in their attempt at good nutrition. However, we knew that limiting these added ingredients would help to diminish a metallic taste for those in treatment. What we ended up with was a low ingredient statement and a balanced taste.


    The next challenge was to create flavors that would be appetizing. Luckily we had some help. The master chefs at the Cancer Nutrition Consortium. They worked hard to create the flavor profiles that would provide protein and calories for cancer patients while giving them great flavor they could feel confident about. No harsh smells or flavors. Just great tasting protein-packed nutrition for when you need it most.

  • Getting Enough Protein During Cancer Treatment

    Getting the right nutrition is essential during cancer treatment. This can be a challenge because chemo and radiation treatments can significantly affect your appetite and can make it more difficult to eat. Therefore, ensuring you still get enough protein, hydration and energy is important.

    Protein has a role in building and maintaining lean muscle mass and other bodily tissues. It also has a role in maintaining the function of various other body systems. Protein is a critical building block for your health, especially during cancer treatment when you need to maintain your strength and muscle mass.

    vital cuisine protein drinkWe created HORMEL VITAL CUISINE ™ products with the guidance of top nutritionists, dietitians and physicians, to help you through the challenges of cancer treatment. We’re dedicated to making sure that we provide you with much-needed nutritious protein to help maintain lean muscle mass and maintain your strength throughout treatment.

    Our convenient, ready-to-drink shakes have 25g of essential protein while also delivering a great balance of carbohydrates, fats and hydration. Our protein powders can be added to drinks, desserts or other foods to get you a solid 25g added dose of the protein you need.


    Are you 65 years and older or do you have family members in this age group?  If you said yes to either one of those questions, the following information may be beneficial to you and/or your loved ones.   As we get older there are many physiological changes that occur in our bodies.   Our ability to swallow is one that tends to decrease with advanced age.  The difficulty to adequately swallow is also known as dysphagia. Continue reading


    Individuals with dysphagia or difficulty swallowing can often have signs of dysphagia long before they are diagnosed. Unfortunately, undiagnosed dysphagia can lead to malnutrition, dehydration and respiratory problems.  Dysphagia can also be a symptom of an underlying condition.  Older adults and individuals with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, as well as those with head and neck cancers are at high risk for developing dysphagia. Continue reading


    Dehydration is a form of malnutrition that can be over looked.  Many older adults do not meet their daily fluid requirements.  There are many physiologic changes related to aging that increase your risk of dehydration.  These include dysphagia, decreased kidney function, decreased thirst sensation, changes in mental status, and decreased mobility.  Some older adults also fear incontinence or desire to avoid frequent trips to the bathroom due to pain. Medications can also contribute to dehydration.  Most common are those used to treat hypertension, as they often work as a diuretic causing increased fluid loss.  Dehydration can lead to constipation, electrolyte imbalances, kidney damage, and in some cases even death. Continue reading


    Many patients I work with in the hospital tell me that they are not eating due to lack of appetite.  Decreased appetite can lead to unintentional weight loss in older adults.  Loss appetite can have many causes, some directly related to aging and others are not. As we age our sense of smell and taste change.  If food doesn’t taste or smell good, our desire to eat may decline.  Older adults often have early satiety, and feel full after eating only small amounts.  Constipation can also make a person feel full even if they haven’t eaten recently.  Additionally, medications can decrease appetite and alter taste. Individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s may just not remember they need to eat.  Many older adults are also less active which can be a contributing factor. Continue reading

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