We purposely did not include any fat in the Absorb Plus formula, due to people’s extreme variance in fat tolerance, especially people with a colon or bowel syndrome. Ideally, you want to add as much oil as you can tolerate per shake because, aside from its health benefits, adding oil helps to increase the calorie count per shake.
The recommended supplement calculations are based upon you being able to add 1 tablespoon of cold pressed organic flax oil, or Udo’s Choice Oil to each 365 calorie nutrition and protein shake (which adds an additional 120 calories).
If you can only tolerate one teaspoon of oil, then that will bring your total calories per shake down to 475. Some people cannot tolerate any fat, so they start with Absorb Plus mixed with just water. Then, as their gastrointestinal tract heals, they can start adding 1/2 teaspoon of oil, then 1 teaspoon, etc. until they are up to the recommended 1 tablespoon of cold pressed, organic flax or Udo’s Oil per shake. Here’s more information on the reasons for fat intolerance and why we recommend flax or Udo’s Choice oil.
On the flip side, if you are mixing Absorb Plus with a liquid other than water (for example, raw milk or almond milk) then that will increase the calorie count per shake accordingly. Keep in mind though, that if you mix Absorb Plus with any other liquid than water, it is no longer elemental.