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.

Ingredients

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.

Product Features

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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Advantages

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

Disadvantages

  • 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.

Conclusion

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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76 User Reviews About Ensure
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  • 1
    Molebogeng

    Can I use ensure while breastfeeding?

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  • 2
    karey

    So im trying to gain weight. Will this help me or not??

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  • 3
    Deanna Jolly

    Already constipated due to pain meds and antibiotics. Will my regular ensure drink make it worse?

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  • 4
    Greg

    Hi I use six scoops twice a day mixed with water, I have been in ensure since 2013 due to major surgery. I want to know if there’s long term use issues. I expect to be on the powder for the rest of my life. I have no appetite, the mirphine makes me nauseous, so I have to drink eat ensure to stay alive.

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  • 5
    s l raina

    i have high triglycerides. can i take Ensure gold

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  • 6
    aswin

    I am 27 yr old boy..I got an accident with two fractures and now in bed rest for one month..usually I am taking my normal diet..In addition to,may I aad ensure powder in my daily diet ? is there any side effect or health problem ? am a thin guy too..want to gain little weight too..please give me a perfect reply.

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  • 7
    Muamuan

    I am 20 years old. Can Ensure Powder give me healthy body or any good things for my health?

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    Your Name

    yes

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  • 8
    Lereijchke

    Will this product interfere with the contraceptive pill??

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  • 9
    kathy

    Love the taste. But wondering if I drank ed 3 a day and ate meat or cup of noodles a day will I loss weight .having a hard time losing dietitians say body is in a starve mold .holding all fat .all nd I need to lose 40 pds I do have health problems. Copd bad .can you help.im 5/2 ft tall and 170 pds weight please,email me back

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  • 10
    Prdhy

    I am taking ensure (chocolate flavor) for a week at morning and night along with food.. I want to gain weight.. I am 5.7 inches height with 50 kgs..
    How much dosage I should take daily to gain weight(atleast 10 kgs)?

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  • 11
    Your Name

    this product was help to gain my weight ? i am 30 yrs old now

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  • 12
    Nancy rogan

    Do not use this product. It leaves a plastic film over your teeth. I’ve been using ensure vanilla for 3yrs. now and the dentist cannot get the plastic film off my teeth. April 23, 2015

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  • 13
    Your Name

    It depends… i have drank ensure with alot of protein and i got diarrhea but the ensure plus for weight gain doea not give me diarrhea

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  • 14
    shahid

    i am taking ensure suppliment from few days . i gained 2.7kg within 2 week

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    Ain

    Hi…where u get the supplement? Let me know plss:)

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  • 15
    sami

    I am ensure supplier. . I can helps you for yours any douts and qurries. . Thankyou

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    April

    I drank 8 ensures today i usually only drink 3 or 4… is 8 to many to drink in one day? Im 5’2 and only weigh 90 pounds..

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    Victoria

    Hello i am a ensure drinker as well i buy the plus to help gain the extra weight i am 5’2 and weight 125 my weight is up and down and i can easy drop to 115 which looks terrible on me i drink them 2 times a day when i can afford a case which is once a month just would like to know what are my options for drinking them before or after meals because they seem to make my stomach hurt when drinking them because from what i have seen so far for drinking them off and on for years i can put on weight which is my goal it’s just i can drink one in the morning before or after and i get sick to my stomach which should i do any suggestions thanks.

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  • 16
    barry

    Have lungs problem was hope ensure can hello me.

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  • 17
    gagan deep

    is it also help to grow height

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  • 18
    carl

    My mom loves. Ensure Plusshe always looks forward and having a drink of ensure +can I get some qpons

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  • 19
    danny McCluskey

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

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  • 20
    rose marie feliciano

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

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  • 21
    natalie

    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.

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  • 22
    cristina

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

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  • 23
    Billy

    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!!

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    marianita

    I have the same problem with the vomiting and upset stomach and feeling weak after I drink it I had weight loss surgery 2004 and having problems keeping weight on I agree with you

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  • 24
    Suhail

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

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  • 25
    brennan

    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

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  • 26
    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?

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    Hannah

    I’ve bought a carton of ensure couple of months ago n don’t think will be able to finish it b4 expiry date. Do u want a couple of them? They’re just ensure original though (vanilla flavour btw). Do u live in Syd?

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  • 27
    anoor

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

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  • 28
    diana

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

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    Your Name

    Protein is to get stronger .. you want the one with the most calories. .. calories us fat and makes you gain weight. . They have ensure plus 350 calories. . On the bottle it says to help gain abd maintain weight… but the ones with more protien does have calories in the bottle to gain weight but not as much as ensure plus and that protein bottle is mainly for protein..

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  • 29
    D.Padmasai

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

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  • 30
    Your Name

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

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  • 31
    Gilberto Prida

    What is the daily dose and for how long…?

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    Martin

    My doctor wants me to drink ensure to gain weight. I have been
    drinking one a day and then I started drinking 2 a day but I seem
    to have frequent bowel movements(not diarrhea) should I go backto drinking one a day?

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  • 32
    Marty

    Can Ensure cause diarrhea in the elderly?

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  • 33
    vosaw

    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?

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  • 34
    Sue

    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.

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  • 35
    Vicerex

    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.

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  • 36
    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
    george

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  • 37
    Anonymous

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

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  • 38
    Truvie

    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.

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    Juanita Nichols

    What is the condition,in fine print, on the bottle that says Do not
    drink if you have?

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  • 39
    Yogesh

    What are the side effects of Ensure

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    Juanita Colon

    Whsat side effects does Ensure have?

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    ardith

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

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  • 40
    cheryl

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

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  • 41
    Virginia

    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?

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    Manoj

    Take Herbalife

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  • 42
    Valerie

    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.

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  • 43
    lenola cheleltte

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

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    shelley

    I would use glucerna for a diabetic person.

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  • 44
    jim

    can I use ensure for pets

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    Valerie

    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.

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  • 45
    linda Dixon

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

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  • 46
    Anonymous

    what flavors are available/

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  • 47
    Lex

    Rita:

    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.

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  • 48
    Paul

    Is there an ENSURE for people taking a blood thinner?

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  • 49
    Warren Epstein

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

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    Anonymous

    Reference comment from march 3rd

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    Margs

    Reference march 3rd comment

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  • 50
    L West

    Does drinking Ensure cause diarhea?

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    Anonymous

    yes sir

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  • 51
    Lou

    what is U-D water used in ensure?

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    Peggy

    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?

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  • 52
    Wagner

    What is the difference between ensure and whey protein powder?

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  • 53
    Tammy

    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?

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    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.

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    maria

    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?

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  • 54
    Rita Harned

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

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    CC

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

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    Martye Nick

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

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