Superior alternative to Ensure or Boost

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Superior alternative to Ensure or Boost

by dsnutrition on Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:00 AM

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My fiance's father was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his neck recently.  It is my understanding that he will likely have to do an all liquid diet as he gets into his radiation therapy.  I feel that boost and ensure are not the best option for liquid nutrition for him.

 I run a nutrition store and I work with the nutritionist for a local Bariatric Surgery Center in California.  Prior to and post Bariatric surgery patients are required to go on an all liquid diet.  We have researched hundreds of the top meal replacement products and are currently recommending Myolean Evolution by Myogenix.  It contains four times the vitamins, minerals and protein as ensure plus.  Not only that but the protein sources are superior and it is lactose free so it digests easily.  It has a quarter of the sugar as ensure.  It also contains flax for omega 3 healthy fats, and brown rice and oats as its primary carbs.  It is 280-300 calories if mixed with water per drink depending on what flavor you choose. It comes in five flavors and tastes great.  The only drawback is it is a powder as opposed to a premixed drink.  The good thing about that is  that you can mix it with milk or soymilk instead of water and easily get 600 calories per serving.  This truly is the most comprehensive meal replacement nutritional supplement I have seen on the market. 

 Also, if you are unable to eat solid foods, I would also recommend Berry High and Daily 5 by Jarrow Foods.  They mix instantly in water (they are powder) taste great and replace 5 servings per day of fruits and vegetables.  They are a great way to get your vitamins and minerals from freeze dried fruits and vegetables. 

If you have any questions about these or anything else as far as supplemental nutrition goes, feel free to ask!

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by wolf7749 on Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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There is a possibility that he may have to have a peg tube for feeding.  I am on Isosource at 300 cals per can.  I do 8 cans per day.  It is also available in 350 cals per can.  The cans are 250ml.

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by Shemay on Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:00 AM

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Thanks for your information. I'll surely do some research on the products you mention. I would be interested to know if you are familiar with BOKU Super Food, which contains vitamins, amino acids, anti-oxidants, trace minerals, probiotics etc. and if so, I'd appreciate your opinion on that product as well. Regards.........

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by LeeAnneFlies on Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:00 AM

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Thanks for the suggestion.  My husband loves this. 

 

It is better nutritionally, tastes great and has much less sugar.  He is especially happy about the low sugar, as he is very concerned about his teeth, now that his saliva production is so low.

 

Best,

Lee Anne

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by jimbo46 on Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:00 AM

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I do Jevity 1.5, 8 cans a day and can't speak high enough for it.  I'm still battling swallowing issues since April of 08.  However, I believe I'm ahead of the norm since I have only been out of treatment since May.  I get my esophagus dialated every three weeks and it is working well.

Another Excellent nutritional supplement is Muscle Milk.  When I was strength training before all this happened, I got my greatest gains from this stuff.  It is good high quality protein and it includes fiber, along with Jevity.  Make sure any liquid or powder supplement has fiber so you can stay regular.

 

RE: Superior alternative to Ensure or Boost

by jw1776 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 03:43 AM

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On Nov 09, 2008 12:00 AM dsnutrition wrote:

My fiance's father was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his neck recently.  It is my understanding that he will likely have to do an all liquid diet as he gets into his radiation therapy.  I feel that boost and ensure are not the best option for liquid nutrition for him.

 I run a nutrition store and I work with the nutritionist for a local Bariatric Surgery Center in California.  Prior to and post Bariatric surgery patients are required to go on an all liquid diet.  We have researched hundreds of the top meal replacement products and are currently recommending Myolean Evolution by Myogenix.  It contains four times the vitamins, minerals and protein as ensure plus.  Not only that but the protein sources are superior and it is lactose free so it digests easily.  It has a quarter of the sugar as ensure.  It also contains flax for omega 3 healthy fats, and brown rice and oats as its primary carbs.  It is 280-300 calories if mixed with water per drink depending on what flavor you choose. It comes in five flavors and tastes great.  The only drawback is it is a powder as opposed to a premixed drink.  The good thing about that is  that you can mix it with milk or soymilk instead of water and easily get 600 calories per serving.  This truly is the most comprehensive meal replacement nutritional supplement I have seen on the market. 

 Also, if you are unable to eat solid foods, I would also recommend Berry High and Daily 5 by Jarrow Foods.  They mix instantly in water (they are powder) taste great and replace 5 servings per day of fruits and vegetables.  They are a great way to get your vitamins and minerals from freeze dried fruits and vegetables. 

If you have any questions about these or anything else as far as supplemental nutrition goes, feel free to ask!

I realize this is an old thread, sorry.

I am looking for an alternative nutritional drink. (I don't have cancer, though my dad just had surgery for colon cancer. It's a different reason my doctor is recommending something like Ensure.)

I cannot have soy (a little lecithin is ok), flax, oats, (or anything especially high-fiber), artificial sugars, most natural flavors, artificial flavors, preservatives (including some forms of ascorbic acid and the like), nightshades, and more stuff but I think those are the most likely to be in a nutritional drink.


Do you know of anything I can have?

RE: Superior alternative to Ensure or Boost

by Diamond_David on Thu Feb 28, 2013 04:09 AM

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On Feb 23, 2013 3:43 AM jw1776 wrote:

On Nov 09, 2008 12:00 AM dsnutrition wrote:

My fiance's father was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his neck recently.  It is my understanding that he will likely have to do an all liquid diet as he gets into his radiation therapy.  I feel that boost and ensure are not the best option for liquid nutrition for him.

 I run a nutrition store and I work with the nutritionist for a local Bariatric Surgery Center in California.  Prior to and post Bariatric surgery patients are required to go on an all liquid diet.  We have researched hundreds of the top meal replacement products and are currently recommending Myolean Evolution by Myogenix.  It contains four times the vitamins, minerals and protein as ensure plus.  Not only that but the protein sources are superior and it is lactose free so it digests easily.  It has a quarter of the sugar as ensure.  It also contains flax for omega 3 healthy fats, and brown rice and oats as its primary carbs.  It is 280-300 calories if mixed with water per drink depending on what flavor you choose. It comes in five flavors and tastes great.  The only drawback is it is a powder as opposed to a premixed drink.  The good thing about that is  that you can mix it with milk or soymilk instead of water and easily get 600 calories per serving.  This truly is the most comprehensive meal replacement nutritional supplement I have seen on the market. 

 Also, if you are unable to eat solid foods, I would also recommend Berry High and Daily 5 by Jarrow Foods.  They mix instantly in water (they are powder) taste great and replace 5 servings per day of fruits and vegetables.  They are a great way to get your vitamins and minerals from freeze dried fruits and vegetables. 

If you have any questions about these or anything else as far as supplemental nutrition goes, feel free to ask!

I realize this is an old thread, sorry.

I am looking for an alternative nutritional drink. (I don't have cancer, though my dad just had surgery for colon cancer. It's a different reason my doctor is recommending something like Ensure.)

I cannot have soy (a little lecithin is ok), flax, oats, (or anything especially high-fiber), artificial sugars, most natural flavors, artificial flavors, preservatives (including some forms of ascorbic acid and the like), nightshades, and more stuff but I think those are the most likely to be in a nutritional drink.


Do you know of anything I can have?

I had tonsil caner 5 years ago, had a peg tube for 4 months. A freind gave me a Gatorade Nutritonal drink. Its just like a chochalate milkshake, 360 calaries, all of teh viatmins and minerals you need (or most)

 

This is where I order mine, less than what amazon.com charges:

http://www.schoolhealth.com/g-series-pro-nutrition-shake-01-

 

I still drink it for breakfast every day and if I'm too busy for lunch will have it as well.

By the way, I'm betting you'll have a peg tube, a godsend.

 

David

 

 

RE: Superior alternative to Ensure or Boost

by Here2Love on Tue Mar 05, 2013 05:39 PM

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Thanks for the great alternative to Ensure or Boost.  I will look into those.  Another one that I like is Orgain, an organic nutritional shake.  It has 16 grams of protein, 23 vitamins and minerals and is free of soy, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and corn syrup.   

Also, I have a blog of pureed foods since I need that as a result of pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer and its treatment.  The blog is Pureed Pzazz.  http://pureedpzazz.blogspot.com/

I do a nutritional analysis of each recipe posted there.  Hopefully you can find something useful for you there.  

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