Glucerna vs Ensure: What's the Difference?

Glucerna vs Ensure

Glucerna vs Ensure is a common question we get. A key difference is that Ensure is not designed for diabetes condition users. Both Ensure liquid (or Plus and Life) are all designed by Abbott, but whether they are suitable for you depends on the doctor’s recommendation and dietician’s planning for your condition. 

Both supplements include a number of nutrients that promote heart health, but different ones. Glucerna contains phytosterols, which are substances found in plants that help to lower blood cholesterol. Ensure contains omega-3 fatty acids, which also help to lower blood cholesterol levels and promote heart health by reducing inflammation.

In addition, Glucerna contains a special blend of carbohydrates, referred to as CARBSTEADY ULTRA, that produces a smaller rise in blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

Do consult your doctor before you take any supplement.

Here are some more differences between Glucerna and Ensure.

1) Carbohydrates

Glucerna liquid for diabetics has a reduced carbohydrate content that gives you 34% your total energy needs. Glucerna is lactose-free.

Glucerna is lower in calories as compared to Ensure, with 200 calories per 8-ounce bottle, versus 220 calories in the same serving size of Ensure.

Glucerna is also higher in fat, protein and fiber, and lower in carbohydrates than Ensure. An 8-ounce serving of Glucerna contains 7 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein, while the same size serving of Ensure contains 6 grams of fat, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 9 grams of protein.

2) Vitamins and minerals

One bottle of Glucerna meets 100 percent of the daily value for vitamin C and 25 percent of the daily value for selenium, while the same serving of Ensure meets 50 percent of the daily value for vitamin C and 30 percent for selenium.

The additional vitamin C found in Glucerna is meant to boost its antioxidant content for immune system health. Comparatively, Ensure is a slightly better source of calcium, meeting 30 percent of the daily value versus 25 percent of the daily value in Glucerna.

Glucerna vs Nutren Formulation Summary table

Glucerna Liquid (/8oz)
  • Calories: 190
  • Proteins: 10g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g 
  • Fibres: 3g
Ensure (/8oz)
    • Calories: 220
    • Proteins: 9g
    • Fat: 6g
    • Carbohydrates: 32g 
    • Fibres: <1g

    Is Glucerna vegetarian?

    Yes, Glucerna milk is vegetarian because there is no meat inside. Only animal’s milk and other minerals and vitamins are used.

    Can non-diabetes people drink Glucerna?

    Yes, normal people without diabetes can safely consume glucerna products. Glucerna liquid and Glucerna triple care are specifically designed for people with prediabetes, diabetes, or people trying to manage their blood sugar. Do check with your dietician or doctor for your case as you may have different underlying conditions. Glucerna can be used under medical supervision as a part of a diabetes management plan.

    Can Diabetics drink Ensure Gold?

    Ensure is a meal replacement or supplement that provides calories, vitamins, and minerals but is not made specifically for people with diabetes in mind.

    We do encourage diabetics to stick to Glucerna instead of Ensure, due to the lower calories and a lower carbohydrate / protein ratio.

    In addition, Glucerna contains a special blend of carbohydrates, referred to as CARBSTEADY ULTRA, that produces a smaller rise in blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

    CARBSTEADY®, a unique blend of slow-release carbohydrates designed to help minimize blood sugar spikes compared to high-glycemic carbohydrates.

    Glucerna, Diabetes Nutritional Shake, With 10g of Protein, To Help Manage Blood Sugar, Homemade Vanilla, 8 fl oz


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