Two of the most common “complete” nutritional supplements on the market are Ensure and Boost. For various reasons listed below, individuals will chose a supplement in order to improve their nutritional status, promote weight gain, or receive nutrients that are not being consumed through food. Ensure and Boost are very similar in nutritional content (shown in the table below) and tend to be used interchangeably in the in-patient setting, however many individuals tend to have a taste preference one over the other. Both products come in 8 oz. plastic containers.
Indications for supplementation include patients with any of the follow:
- At moderate-high nutritional risk
- Involuntary weight loss
- Inadequate oral intake
- Reduced appetite
Can’t decide between the two nutritional drinks? Take a look at a little comparison and you make the choice that is best for you!
|Flavors||Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Butter Pecan, Dark Chocolate, Coffee Latte||Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry|
|Price||$1.34/each at Walmart as of 9/26/12||$1.25/each at Walmart as of 9/26/12|
|Vitamins & Minerals||Meets a minimum of 25% DV for vitamins and minerals||Meets a minimum of 25% DV for vitamins and minerals|
|Added Benefits||Contains 320 mg of ALA (a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid)||Contains slightly more Vitamin C, K, D, & E than Ensure|
|Special Dietary Preferences||Halal, Kosher, gluten-free, lactose-free, low-residue||Kosher, gluten-free, lactose-free, low-residue|
|Other Types||Ensure Bone Health, Clinical Strength, Enlive!, High Protein, Immune Health, Muscle Health, Plus, Powder, Pudding||Boost Glucose Control, High Protein, Kid Essentials (in varying calories), Pudding, Plus|
*Represented values are for 8 oz of formula