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What to look for in a nutrition drink
Supplemental nutrition drinks provide a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat. There are hundreds of varieties that fall into two general categories.
Shakes, such as Boost or Ensure, are intended for oral consumption. You can find them on a grocery store shelf. These are formulated to help you meet general nutrition goals such as increased calories and protein.
Formulas are designed for more specific disease states such as cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and later-stage kidney disease. These drinks (Jevity, Osmolite) can be consumed orally but aren’t designed to taste good, and are often used in feeding tubes. Your doctor will have to supervise use of these.
You don’t need a doctor’s okay to try a nutrition shake, but it’s a good idea to ask your doctor if any of the ingredients will interfere with your medications. For example, some drinks contain vitamin K, and sudden changes in vitamin K intake may interfere with the effect of the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin).
Supplemental nutrition shakes contain more than just healthy ingredients. «You may be getting more sugar than any of the other ingredients,» says Stacey Nelson, a dietitian from Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.
«But if you can’t eat and that’s the only food that’s palatable, it’s better to get the calories.» Dr. Salamon agrees. «In that case, substituting one meal a day with a drink won’t hurt.» Both experts warn that people who can still eat may be risking too many extra calories by consuming the nutrition drinks.
Equally concerning is that nutrition in a can isn’t the same as nutrition from food. «Even if they’re fortified, they still won’t contain all of the nutrients a whole food source would,» says Nelson. Dr.
A potentially healthier option is a shake or fruit smoothie that is food-based and found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. «These tend to have minimum added sugars and are less processed, and they should not contain excessive amounts of vitamins and minerals, herbs, or other unnecessary supplemental ingredients,» Nelson explains.
No matter which drink you choose, look at the ingredients. Ideally the first few ingredients should be fruit or forms of protein (such as milk). If sugar is the first or second ingredient, there’s probably a healthier option.
Equally important are the calories. If you’re replacing a meal, look for about 400 calories per serving. Our experts advise against using the drinks as snacks, but Nelson says if you must, then don’t go above 200 calories.
As for nutritional ratios in an 8-ounce serving, look for 10 to 20 grams of protein, no more than 6 grams of fat, and no more than 40 grams of carbohydrate, including sugar.
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I’m 5’7″ and in my younger days I could never gain weight so I know what you mean. Doctors just told me to drink egg nogs or to eat junk food but that didn’t work. I tried the egg nogs but that got sickening every day and I didn’t want to eat all the junk food.
Finally I did some reading. I learned that at my height and age I needed about 2000 calories a day. So to gain weight I decided I wanted to get 2500 calories every day.
I accomplished that by drinking this stuff called Nutrament — 3 cans a day, I got used to it. Also, my three meals a day. But at night when I would add up my calories it usually wasn’t enough so I would not allow myself to go to bed until I’d had the 2500. For that I’d raid the fridge for ice cream, cake, make a sandwich, whatever it took until it totaled the 2500.
I usually felt sort of sick and over stuffedby bedtime and it did take most of one summer but I gained weight at last. (And I’ve never needed to gain weight since then, now it’s just the opposite.)
There are plenty of better options in there, the last time I took a look at it. I am pretty sure I noticed a lot of sugars.
If you are looking for a Ready to Drink(RTD) protein drink, try Lean Labrada. I always look for it in VitaminShoppe, they are one of the best, other RTD’s I noticed contained a good amount of oil like conola.
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