Nutritional drinks help provide dietary elements that may not be consumed during the day's meals. For some, nutritional drinks are used as a substitute for actual meals due to time constraints or old age. You may use nutritional drinks to fill in the gaps that your meals do not cover. Two of the nutritional drink options available are Boost and Ensure, both of which offer multiple products in their line.
Boost and Ensure both offer multiple types of nutritional drinks. Boost sells their standard drink, Kids Essentials, Boost Plus for gaining weight, Boost High Protein and Glucose Control for diabetic consumers. Ensure offers their standard nutrition shake, Ensure Plus for weight gain or maintenance, Bone Health, Immune Health, Muscle Health and Clinical Strength for increasing overall health. All Boost and Ensure products come in eight ounce plastic containers with twist off plastic lids.
The standard Ensure nutritional drink primarily contains water, corn maltodextrin, sugar, corn syrup and milk protein. Other ingredients include cocoa powder to give a chocolate taste, soy oil, soy protein isolate and canola oil. The regular Boost drink has water, sugar, corn syrup solids, milk protein concentrate and vegetable oil that includes canola, sunflower and corn. The Boost nutritional drink also has a chocolate flavor due to cocoa and alkali.
Other Flavors and Directions
Aside from the standard chocolate, the Ensure drink also comes in vanilla, milk chocolate, strawberries and cream, butter pecan and coffee latte flavors. The regular Boost nutritional drink comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors. Both types of drinks should be kept in a refrigerator to stay cold.
Nutritional Contents and Calories
The Boost drink includes 10 grams of protein and 300 grams of calcium, while the Ensure drink has nine grams of protein and 300 grams of calcium. The Boost drink has 60 milligrams of vitamin C, while the Ensure drink has 30 milligrams of vitamin C. The Ensure drink has just under one gram of fiber, while fiber is not included in the Boost drink. The Boost drink has 240 calories and four grams of fat. Ensure's nutritional drink has 250 calories and six grams of fat.