Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the key differences between Ensure Active Protein Drink and Ensure Original Shakes?

Ensure Active Protein Drink is a clear liquid nutritional drink that is fat-free, a good source of protein (8 grams per serving), and provides 17 essential vitamins and minerals. Ensure Original is a creamy shake that provides a source of complete, balanced nutrition with 24 essential vitamins and minerals. Ensure Active Protein Drink is the clear liquid alternative to creamy shakes like Ensure Original. 

The main nutrient differences between Ensure Active Protein Drink and Ensure Original are shown in the table below:

  Ensure Active Protein Drink Ensure
Serving Size 10-fl-oz 8-fl-oz
Calories 180 220
Protein, g 8 9
Total Carbohydrate, g 37 33
Total Fat, g 0 6
Essential Vitamins and Minerals 17 24

Are Ensure products gluten-free?

Yes, Ensure ready-to-drink shakes and drinks are gluten-free.

Is Ensure Active Protein Drink complete, balanced nutrition like the other Ensure products? If no, why not?

Ensure Active Protein Drink is not a source of complete, balanced nutrition due to the lack of fat in the product. However, Ensure Active Protein Drink provides 180 calories, 8 grams of protein, and 17 essential vitamins and minerals per serving.

Can Ensure products be used as a meal replacement or a snack?

Yes, Ensure ready-to-drink shakes and drinks can be used as a snack and as an occasional meal replacement.

How much sugar is in Ensure Active Protein Drink?

Ensure Active Protein Drink has 18 grams of sugars per serving. The amount of sugars includes all inherent and added sugars in the product. As a comparison, an 8-fl-oz serving of orange juice contains a similar quantity of sugars (21 grams).

Can Ensure Active Protein Drink be tube-fed as a supplement if needed?

No, Ensure Active Protein Drink was formulated to be used as an oral product only. Ensure Active Protein Drink is not a complete nutritional product because it does not contain fat and is not designed to be used as a tube-feeding or sole-source feeding product.

Can Ensure products be warmed or frozen?

Yes, Ensure ready-to-drink shakes and drinks can be warmed before use and can be frozen if desired.

Once opened, how long can Ensure products be kept out at room temperature? In the refrigerator?

Once a bottle of Ensure ready-to-drink shakes and drinks have been opened, it should be used or refrigerated within four hours. The remaining product should be used or discarded after 48 hours.

Can Ensure products be mixed with fruit? What impact does this have on the nutritional value?

Yes, different fruits can be added to Ensure ready-to-drink shakes and drinks to make a smoothie or a shake. Fruits tend to be high in certain essential vitamins and can contain a moderate amount of calories depending on the amount used. Adding fruit can increase the vitamin and total calorie content of the finished product.

How many Ensure Active High Protein Shakes can one safely consume in a day?

Due to the high amount of protein and vitamin and mineral fortification in Ensure Active High Protein Shakes (14 fl oz), one to two servings per day would be reasonable. We do not recommend exceeding three to four servings of this product per day.

Do Ensure Active High Protein Shakes contain omega-3s?

Ensure Active High Protein Shakes (14 fl oz) are lowfat (2.5 grams per serving), so the omega-3 level in the product would be very low.

What are the protein sources in Ensure Active High Protein Shakes?

The protein sources in Ensure Active High Protein Shakes (14 fl oz) are all high-quality protein sources — milk protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, and soy protein isolate.

What plastic is used to make the carriers?

Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), #4 plastic is used to make the Hi-Cone carriers.

Should the rings be cut before they're disposed of?

Hi-Cone rings will degrade when exposed to direct sunlight within 36 hours. So, cutting the rings is not necessary. However, cutting Hi-Cone carriers is always a proactive measure that you can take.

Also, there is a small tab located on the front of the package that allows you to open up the package one ring at a time. This makes storage and the removal of bottles easier, eliminating the need to cut the rings after use.

Are the carriers biodegradable?

No, Hi-Cone carriers are not biodegradable. Biodegradation only occurs in composting facilities, which is not the most-likely end-of-life scenario for Hi-Cone carriers. Biodegradation does not occur in landfills.

What happens to the Hi-Cone carriers in a landfill?

Like any other material, very little happens to Hi-Cone carriers in a landfill. Landfills are constructed so materials do not degrade, contaminate groundwater, or produce harmful by-products.

Are the rings recyclable?

Hi-cone carriers can be included in recycling bins wherever #4 LDPE or mixed plastics are accepted. Visit Earth911® to find a recycling center near you.

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