Ensure Review

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Ensure is a meal replacement drink designed to provide nutrition and prevent hunger by offering a nutrient-fortified shake, now available in various flavors and five different shakes for a dieter’s individual needs. Each type of drink claims to contain enough nutrients equal to one missed meal, and will also fight off hunger pangs while providing nutritional support, ranging from fiber to protein. Flavors range from strawberry to creamy milk chocolate, and can be purchased online or through major retailers such as Wal-Mart or Target. Ensure tends to be a bit expensive, but claims to be a worthy choice for consumers seeking a nutritional supplement. It does not claim to be a weight loss supplement, however, but it is sometimes used for that purpose.

Supplementing a diet with meal replacement shakes is often debated for its safety, and some say that replacing a nutritious meal with a replacement shake is not always the safest route. Additionally, meal replacement shakes often contain chemicals and too little nutritional and naturally-derived ingredients. Let’s evaluate how nutritious Ensure is, and if it will provide any dietary benefits.


Ensure’s original drink contains U-D Water, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Cocoa Powder, Soy Protein Concentrate, Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Salt, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Chloride, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferric Phosphate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Magenesium Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molbdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin, Phylloquinone, and Vitamin D3.

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Ensure claims to contain nutritional ingredients which aid a person’s normal diet, but the ingredients contained are mostly synthetic or chemical substances with little proven benefits for dieters. The actual nutrients — namely, Vitamin A and Vitamin D3 — are also listed in the lower half on the ingredient list, indicating it is used in smaller doses in comparison to the rest of the ingredients. These ingredients, if used in larger doses, may have provided nutritional benefits to dieters who are not able to eat a sensible plan, but the lower dosage may lessen these benefits. Furthermore, any diet-related benefits could not be located. It appears Ensure may match the caloric content of an average meal (say, 300 calories or so) but as a nutritional supplement, may not contain the amount dieters may desire for optimum nutrition.

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  • Is widely available in retail stores and on the internet.
  • Comes in a variety of flavors and fortified types for individual needs.


  • Contains a lot of chemically-derived and synthetic ingredients.
  • Does not appear to contain a sufficient amount of nutritional ingredients.
  • Can be expensive if used daily.


Ensure is a popular nutritional supplement that is used to replace a normal meal, but as a dietary supplement may not provide enough benefits for dieters. Still, it does come in a variety of palatable flavors that may help dieters for short term support.

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49 User Reviews about Ensure

  • 1
    danny McCluskey

    Will Ensure “complete” constipate its user ?? I am 76 years old and have a rather sedentary life style.


  • 2
    rose marie feliciano

    Is that okay if we give patient 8 bottles of ensure a day?


  • 3

    It tastes good, but the bottle is sloppy. It gets everywhere. Every sip dribbles. If i leave the empty bottle in a bag, i can expect the bottoms to be leaking everywhere. If the bottle wasnt so cheap and flimzy id continue to purchase.


  • 4

    I don’t have eat breakfast but I can drink a ensure for breakfast


  • 5

    My doctor advised me to drink on bottle of Ensure for breakfast, in an attempt to stop my weight loss….the first bottle seemed to give me some energy (maybe I just wanted it to work) but that night I had an upset stomach and expelled a metallic burp, but weathered that just fine. The next day I drank another and later felt tired and weak, out of sorts….so later that evening I drank another!! That night I felt weak and tired so I went to bed early and woke at 2:30 feeling an upset stomach and the urge to have a bowel movement….suddenly I began to vomit uncontrollably…but felt much better getting the contents out of my stomach!! What is it with this drink that obviously makes some people sick…I was burping something that had a metallic taste earlier and during the sickness, obviously caused by the Ensure drinks I had! Any person with stomach problems should not drink this stuff, I say “stomach problems” meaning an easily soured stomach…as I have had for most of my life!! There’s something in Ensure that shouldn’t be there, I could drink many milk shakes and never get sick….but there is an ingredient in Ensure that people with sour stomachs can’t handle….Try one and make sure you’re not one of those who can’t drink the stuff….two or three drinks will make you ill, so just try one at first….if you have any reaction STOP…or you will be up that night puking your guts out!!


  • 6

    I am23 yr boy i bought Ensure vanila flavour what its drug mechanisam any side efect is it have sidefect to sexual related peoblem


  • 7

    after cancer an inability to eat at all been daily using ensure in large amounts 4 350 cal cans per day. After 7 years still alive no weight gain, infact loss now stable. Taste is horrid, but got to do what got to do


  • 8
    Barbara Hughes

    My son has a lung disease and some weeks can,t eat.He depends on Ensure but can not afford to buy less than he needs.Is there any help out there for him?


  • 9

    i just want to know that by using ensure is there any change happend to body mass.


  • 10

    my doctor has recommended I drink high protein drink.will this cause me to gain weight.


  • 11

    whether this product is for gaining weight? or lose of weight?


  • 12
    Your Name

    It seems to me that milk, soy milk, sugar, cocoa and a vitamin pill would be much cheaper.


  • 13
    Gilberto Prida

    What is the daily dose and for how long…?


  • 14

    Can Ensure cause diarrhea in the elderly?


  • 15

    i am 16 and a girl.recently i started drinking ensure gold.i heard that it gives complete nutrition .i want to lose weight and gain height.will it have any side effects ?and will it be good for me in providing good nutrition?


  • 16

    The dark chocolate Ensure Plus has 18 grams of sugar. I drink half a bottle mixed with soy milk so I’m getting only 9 grams of sugar.


  • 17

    A chemical peel is performed when an acid is applied to the skin, left on for a few minutes and then removed. During the time the acid is in contact with the skin it literally peels away or breaks through top layers of skin allowing foryounger, fresher and undamaged skin cells to reach the surface of the skin. This improves the appearance and texture of the skin and stimulates collagen to plump and firm the skin.


  • 18
    George Mathews

    I am drinking ensure daily it contains 23gm sugar. I am not diabetic, but I am afraid of sugar content in ensure. Please advise, so i can continue drinking ensure.thanks


  • 19

    Diabetics should drink Glucerna (made by same company). Ensure has a LOT of sugar in it, Glucerna is artificially sweetened and has no sugar


  • 20

    My Mom is 89 yrs. old and does not have a good appetite if any appetite. Is 3 bottles ok for her? She eats very little food. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


  • 21

    What are the side effects of Ensure


    Juanita Colon

    Whsat side effects does Ensure have?



    Since I have used Ensure I experience a lot off diaree days


  • 22

    how do u drink Ensure, room tempt? refriderated, over ice?


  • 23

    My sister is being fed Ensure via tube feeding since she is unable to swallow food. My concern is the end result if this continues indefinitely. She’s been taking Ensure for 4 weeks already and has had complications with constipation that resulted in hemorroids. Very uncomfortable. Any advise on how she can get some fiber?



    Take Herbalife


  • 24

    I’ve been taking Ensure ever since I was 6 yrs old (now I’m 19) as a meal replacement since I’m an extremely picky eater. Instead of having fish, pasta veggies, etc., I take Ensure at least once a day. It has helped me maintain a healthy lifestyle, weight (120 lbs), and it keeps me alert through out my day.


  • 25
    lenola cheleltte

    can a dibetic person take ensure
    what kind can be used for a 90 year bedridden person?



    I would use glucerna for a diabetic person.


  • 26

    can I use ensure for pets



    lol I give my dog just a little bit of ensure since he begs me all the time when he sees me drinking it but I don’t think you should.


  • 27
    linda Dixon

    Does ensure muscle make you lose weight? Does regular ensure help you to lose weight


  • 28

    what flavors are available/


  • 29


    I’m also lactose intolerant and it’s never been a problem.

    I wanted to also mention that if you’re lactose intolerant you shouldn’t avoid dairy, you can still enjoy your favorite dairy products but you’ll need to take Lactaid. It’s over the counter at your drug store. I could never give up pizza!!! When someone told me about Lactaid I was loving life again.

    Do note it typically says take 1 – 2 lactaid pills but it really depends on how much dairy your eating at that moment. You can’t overdose on lactaid it’s just an enzyme. So if I’m eating like 5 slices of pizza (yes I’m greedy) I may take 3-4 just to be POSITIVE I won’t be curled up on the toilet dying of cramps and bloating.


  • 30

    Is there an ENSURE for people taking a blood thinner?


  • 31
    Warren Epstein

    does ensure have a product that is lactose free? it is for a patient that has cancer but is lactose intolerant



    Reference comment from march 3rd



    Reference march 3rd comment


  • 32
    L West

    Does drinking Ensure cause diarhea?



    yes sir


  • 33

    what is U-D water used in ensure?



    Nutritionist said to use this as a supplement for one of 5 small meals per day due to hypoglycemia. What is value . . . if any? Was told to use “PROTEIN” type, but that has not been available for some time now . . . what’s up?


  • 34

    What is the difference between ensure and whey protein powder?


  • 35

    My daughter is now drinking Ensure Plus as shes drastically lost a lot of weight. She still eats breakfast/lunch and dinner but she drinks 1/2 the bottle in the morning and 1/2 in the afternoon. Is this ok to do? or is it more effective if she drinks one full can all at once?


    Guy Hawkins

    I drink 4-5 each day, because I cannot eat enough food to maintain my weight at 190lbs. During one period when I was unable to eat anything, I used 6 each day to maintain my weight at 160lbs for 8-9 months.



    I’ve lost some weight in the butt and hips area also my legs have gotten a little smaller. Will drinking Ensure help me gain my weught back?


  • 36
    Rita Harned

    If one has an lactose intolerant, can one drink ensure?



    It says on the bottle “Contains milk and soy ingredients. Gluten-free; suitable for lactose intolerance” – so it seems like it should be fine.


    Martye Nick

    I am very lactose intolerant and have never had a problem drinking Ensure.