I emailed Thick-It to obtain free samples (I did not pay for the products reviewed below). They sent me a Healthcare Retail Kit, which included the following items:
- Thick-It Instant Food and Beverage Thickeners
These powder thickeners are made to add to any liquid to achieve desired consistency. Thick-It claims that they do not change the taste of liquids. One packet is supposed to thicken 4-oz of liquid to nectar consistency. Additional packets needed to thicken to honey consistency. Directions: “Slowly add the contents of this packet to 4 fl. oz. of liquid while stirring briskly with a spoon, fork, or whisk until thickener has dissolved. Let thickened liquid stand 30 seconds to 1 minute to achieve desired consistency and serve.”
- Original Thick-It Instant Food and Beverage Thickener (powder): Ingredients are modified food starch and maltodextrin.
- Concentrated Thick-It2 Instant Food and Beverage Thickener (powder): Sole ingredient is modified food starch.
Looking at the packets the two powdered products seem identical accept the Thick-It2 has only one ingredient (modified food starch) and less net weight (0.16 oz), while the Original Thick-It has two ingredients (modified food starch) and a slightly greater net weight (0.21 oz).
2. Thick-It AquaCare H2O Beverages
These ready to drink product claims that it can be chilled, frozen/thawed, and heated with no change to consistency. The primary thickening ingredient is xantham gum. I was sent 3 varieties.
- Thickened Water: The thing that separates it from a lot of the thickened water products is that it has no additional flavors. Many of the “water” products have lemon and corn syrup or other sweetener added. Flows fast for nectar consistency.
- Thickened Apple Juice: Supposed to be nectar thick. Flows a little faster than what I generally consider nectar.
- Thickened Coffee Regular: Supposed to be honey thick. Flows a little more like nectar thick.
Their website also indicates they have the following flavors: water (nectar and honey), apple juice (nectar and honey), cranberry juice (nectar and honey), orange juice (nectar and honey), regular coffee (nectar and honey), and decaffeinated coffee (nectar and honey)
3. Canned Pureed foods: Maple Cinnamon French Toast and Beef Lasagna
These were developed by a registered dietitian and intended to be ready to eat pureed comfort foods. Their website indicates many additional flavors including green bean, beef stew, and carmel flavored apple pie.
Due to my gluten sensitivity, I did not try any of these products. (Side note: All of their liquid products are labeled as “gluten free”.)
4. Packet of literature which mostly consisted of sales flyers to provide to patients. Helpful flyer included to outline feeding/swallowing recommendations.