Ensure Vs. Boost Nutrition Drink

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 1.


Boost and Ensure both offer multiple types of nutritional drinks 13. Boost sells their standard drink, Kids Essentials, Boost Plus for gaining weight, Boost High Protein and Glucose Control for diabetic consumers. 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 1. Other ingredients include cocoa powder to give a chocolate taste, soy oil, soy protein isolate and canola oil. The Boost nutritional drink also has a chocolate flavor due to cocoa and alkali 1.

Other Flavors and Directions

The regular Boost nutritional drink comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors 1. 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 1.