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Children can use meal replacements, but not the same ones marketed to adults for weight-loss. Meal replacement shakes are portion controlled and therefore may be a very important tool for diabetics who aim to lose weight. Does Ensure Original Powder have the same nutritional content as Ensure? Unless otherwise instructed by your healthcare team, you should also continue to eat meals as you normally would. We recommend you follow the instructions on the label for the correct preparation of Ensure powder.


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Limiting food intake is an essential portion of controlling weight. Common Mistakes- Part One. I must get this question at least 10 times a week. It is a common issue that diabetics wrestle with. They really believe that they are doing everything right but in most cases I can spot the problem pretty quickly if I get to see a day or two of menus. Here are the most common mistakes that I see being made. I will put a link to hidden sugars below.

If you are buying products off of the grocery store shelf be aware that just because it says sugar free or gives a low carb count that is not always correct. You will also find these sugars in vitamins and other supplements.

They will keep it balanced all right! Check ingredients in all store bought products! They love to put this stuff right over there where you are purchasing your meters, test strips and other diabetic devices.

Here is the Glycemic Index of common sweeteners. The higher the number the more that it raises blood sugar. This is a common mistake. This makes it seem like you will be able to eat it without much of a blood sugar rise. You may find yourself sadly disappointed! There are many breads and wraps on the market that claim to be low carb because you can subtract the fiber. Fiber will slow down the digestion of carbs and you may find that your blood sugar will not only go up but it may stay up in an unhappy range for as long as hours.

All products Which Ensure is for me? Browse our Frequently Asked Questions to see what other consumers just like you are asking about nutrition. These nutrients are all safe for humans and have been used in various other foods. Please check the Ingredients section on the label for the complete list. No, Ensure products are not sugar-free. Ensure Max Protein contains 1 gram of sugar per oz serving. Ensure products are designed for individuals without diabetes.

Another Abbott Nutrition product line, Glucerna, is specifically designed for people with diabetes, which contains a blend of more slowly digested carbohydrates to help minimize blood sugar response.

Ensure products, on the other hand, can fit into the meal plan for a person with diabetes. It is important to account for the carbohydrates contributed by Ensure and measure blood sugar at least two hours after consuming to determine the effect on blood sugar levels so that necessary adjustments can be made.

We recommend that an individual with diabetes consult with their healthcare provider regarding adult nutritional products or supplements. All Ensure products contain some lactose but do not represent a medical concern for individuals with lactose intolerance due to the small amount. Ensure products should not be consumed by people with galactosemia. Different Ensure products are designed to meet different nutrition needs.

Some Ensure Products Ensure Original, Ensure Plus, and Ensure Enlive are designed to provide complete, balanced nutrition to help people maintain or gain a healthy weight, particularly for patients who are at risk of malnutrition or are experiencing involuntary weight loss. On the other hand, Ensure High Protein, Ensure Light and Ensure Clear are designed to provide supplemental protein and other nutrients in fewer calories.

Click here to find the right Ensure for you. Ensure can be used as a delicious meal supplement, occasional meal replacement, or convenient between-meal snack. Ensure can benefit people who are on modified diets, at nutritional risk, experiencing involuntary weight loss, recovering from illness or surgery, or on low-residue diets. Although Ensure was not designed specifically for weight loss, it can be used as part of a balanced, calorie-reduced diet for weight loss, as long as the total calories for the day stay within the weight-loss calorie level recommended for you.

We would encourage you to speak with your healthcare professional about an appropriate weight-loss plan for you. Ensure Max Protein is a food supplement and should not be used for weight reduction. Yes, Ensure ready-to-drink shakes and drinks are gluten-free. Are Ensure products to be used as a meal replacement or a snack? Yes, Ensure ready-to-drink shakes and drinks can be used as a snack and as an occasional meal replacement.

Can Ensure products be warmed or frozen? Yes, Ensure ready-to-drink shakes and drinks can be warmed before use and can be frozen if desired. Once opened, how long can Ensure products be kept out at room temperature? Once a bottle of Ensure ready-to-drink shakes and drinks have been opened, it should be used or refrigerated within four hours.

The remaining product should be used or discarded after 48 hours. Can Ensure products be mixed with fruit? What impact does this have on the nutritional value? Yes, different fruits can be added to Ensure ready-to-drink shakes and drinks to make a smoothie or a shake.

Fruits tend to be high in certain essential vitamins and can contain a moderate amount of calories depending on the amount used. Adding fruit can increase the vitamin and total calorie content of the finished product. What should I do with Ensure packaging once I am done? Not everyone should partake in meal replacements for weight-loss.

If you have high blood pressure you should talk with your physician before giving this option a try. Most pre-packaged meals are high in sodium and that can increase blood pressure. Children can use meal replacements, but not the same ones marketed to adults for weight-loss. Brands like Boost and Pediasure offer healthy options for kids. Both contain protein powder and some flavors contain whey protein.

But, there are potential interactions between medications and certain foods. Talk with your doctor before using a meal replacement option if you are on prescription medications.

Science supports the use of meal replacements for weight-loss. There are numerous research studies that prove it can work as a healthy option that helps the dieter lose and maintain.

There are also multiple studies showing the benefits of protein powder, whey protein and meal replacements.

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