Thick It Food and Water Thickener - Questions and Answers

 

 

What are the ingredients in Thick-It?

Original Thick-It contains modified cornstarch and maltodextrin.

Extra Strength Thick-It 2 contains modified cornstarch.

What is the difference between Thick-It & Thick-It 2?

Thick-It 2 is concentrated, so you use approximately 50% less to achieve the same consistencies as with Original Thick-It. For example, for NECTAR consistency in 4 ounces of liquid, use 2 tablespoons of Original Thick-It and only 1 tablespoon of Thick-It 2.

What is modified cornstarch?

Modified is the method used to process the cornstarch so that it easily dissolves in a cold or hot liquid without having to boil the liquid first.

What is maltodextrin?

Maltodextrin is an easily digestible carbohydrate derived from corn. It is used in a wide variety of dry foods, dairy products, meats and beverages.

Could the maltodextrin in Thick-It have an effect on blood sugar?

Not usually, but every diabetic is different. The effect maltodextrin has on your blood sugar should be considered metabolically equivalent to glucose (dextrose).

Are Thick-It & Thick-It 2 gluten free?

Yes, both Thick-It and Thick-It 2 are gluten free. The ingredients in Thick-It (modified cornstarch and maltodextrin) and Thick-It 2 (modified cornstarch) are derived from corn; therefore, they do not contain any rye, wheat or barley.

Are Thick-It & Thick-It 2 Kosher?

Yes, both are Kosher parve.

Is Thick-It safe for infants?

Yes, unless they have an allergy to corn products.

Do I need a prescription to obtain Thick-It?

No, Thick-It is an over the counter item; therefore, it is available without a prescription.

Does Thick-It cause constipation?

Thick-It does not bind fluids. Constipation is generally caused by other circumstances such as medications, lack of daily dietary fiber, poor eating habits and inadequate consumption of liquids.

Could Thick-It add to an existing constipation problem?

Possibly, but Thick-It will not be the source of the problem.

Does Thick-It cause diarrhea?

Not usually, but everyone is different. Consult your physician.

Will continued use of Thick-It cause dehydration?

No, Thick-It does not bind fluids. The person receives essentially the same hydration as if they had consumed a non-thickened fluid. In other words, 98% of the liquid is directly absorbed for hydration. It is also important for the person to receive a significant liquid intake on a daily basis, unless a physician has advised the person to limit fluids.

How much Thick-It can be consumed in a 24-hour period?

There is no maximum recommended quantity. It is important to keep the person hydrated, which means drinking as much liquid as possible, unless a physician has advised the person to limit fluids.

Is Thick-It safe for persons with diabetes?

Yes, but if there is an elevation to blood sugar while using Original Thick-It, we recommend persons with diabetes use Thick-It 2. Thick-It 2 is concentrated; therefore, usage is less per 4 ounce serving (approximately 50% less), so the person will consume fewer carbohydrates per 4 ounce serving.

How long will the liquid remain thick after it has been mixed with Thick-It?

If the recommended usage instructions have been followed, the thickened liquid will remain thick until the person has consumed it. Do not leave a thickened liquid at room temperature any longer than 3-4 hours as bacteria may build up in the thickened liquid due to the ingredient of cornstarch.

Can Thick-It be mixed in advance in bulk?

Yes, you can mix Thick-It in bulk in advance as long as you keep the unused portion covered and refrigerated. The unused refrigerated portion may be kept for 2-3 days. Do not leave a thickened liquid at room temperature any longer than 3-4 hours as bacteria may build up in the thickened liquid due to the ingredient of cornstarch.

Are Thick-It and Thick-It 2 covered by Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid?

Each Insurance carrier, State Medicare and/or Medicaid office has its own set of regulations. Check with your specific Insurance carrier or State Medicare and/or Medicaid office.

Does Thick-It and Thick-It 2 have an NDC# (National Drug Code) or a HCPC (pronounced Hic-Pic) code for Insurance or Medicaid/Medicare billing purposes?

Thick It does not have an NDC number, we are approved for the HCPCS Code: B4100 for billing to Medicare or Medicaid.

Does Thick-It have an expiration date?

Thick-It has a shelf life of 30 months from the date of manufacture.



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