About Specialist Nutrition

About Specialist Nutrition

The specialist nutrition industry helps people to be healthy, survive and thrive at every stage of their lives.

British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA) Ltd

Many specialist nutrition products are designed to meet the nutritional or dietary needs of patients living with a disease, disorder or medical condition, who are temporarily or permanently unable to achieve a suitable nutritional intake from normal foods.

Specific disease states or medical conditions addressed include inborn errors of metabolism, protein allergy in infants, coeliac disease, patients who are unable to swallow, for example after a stroke, and patients where the digestive tract is not functioning or not functioning normally.

Specialist nutrition supports positive health outcomes and reduces costs to the NHS

Specialist nutrition products may also be used by some healthy population groups, such as babies and young children, if required.

Our members’ product ranges are designed to give healthcare professionals the scope to select nutritional solutions that are accurately targeted to support specific treatment regimes and to enhance patient recovery.

Some of these products are designed to support patients who are able to consume food normally. But for those who cannot eat unaided – in hospitals, long term care and hospice environments and also at home – our members market a range of special enteral nutrition products and delivery systems.

Infant Nutrition

For mothers who are unable, or choose not to, breastfeed, our members produce infant formula, the only safe alternative for babies. Our members also produce weaning and baby foods that are specifically designed to meet the nutritional requirements of young children up to three years old.

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Medical Foods: Infant FSMP

Some infants have an inability to digest or absorb certain nutrients, which means that they are unable to tolerate a normal diet. To meet their nutritional requirements for growth they require specially developed feeds that can be better tolerated. 


Medical Foods: Infant FSMP

Medical Foods: Enteral Foods

If a patient cannot swallow, nasogastric or gastrostomy/jejunostomy feeding by tube directly into the digestive tract is essential.

Medical Foods: Enteral Foods

Medical Foods: Oral Nutritional Supplements

An evidence-based nutritional solution for disease-related malnutrition.

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Parenteral Nutrition

Where the digestive tract is not functioning, parenteral feeding directly into the vein makes the difference between life and death.

Read about parenteral nutrition

Gluten-free Foods

Coeliac disease is known to affect 1 in 100 people in the UK.  It is estimated that an additional 500,000 people are suffering from the symptoms of coeliac disease, but have not yet been diagnosed. 

Read about gluten-free foods