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Was there any formulation change that occurred when the Ensure labels changed?
No, there weren’t any formulation changes. It was strictly a packaging change.
Was Ensure Active Heart Health/Ensure Active High Protein Powder discontinued? It’s no longer listed on the website
Ensure Active Heart Health/Ensure Active High Protein Powder is being discontinued. You may still be able to find Ensure Active Heart Health/Ensure Active High Protein Powder available at some local retailers until they sell through their remaining inventory. To find retailers in your area that may have the product, please click on the “Buy Now” button at the top of the page.
Are Ensure products gluten-free?
Yes, Ensure ready-to-drink shakes and drinks are gluten-free.
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.
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.
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.
Is Ensure Clear complete, balanced nutrition like the other Ensure products? If not, why not?
Ensure Clear is not a source of complete, balanced nutrition due to the lack of fat in the product. However, Ensure Clear provides 180 calories, 8 grams of protein, and 17 essential vitamins and minerals per serving.
How much sugar is in Ensure Clear?
Ensure Clear Protein 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).
What is the nutrition profile of Ensure High Protein?
Key nutrients in one serving of Ensure High Protein include:
  • 160 calories
  • 16 grams of protein
  • 2 grams fat
  • 19 grams carbohydrate
  • 4 grams sugars
  • 23 vitamins and minerals
How many bottles of Ensure High Protein are recommended daily?
Ensure High Protein is designed as an oral nutritional supplement to be used in addition to a healthy diet. The maximum amount of Ensure High Protein that someone can consume per day is 3 servings. This level will not exceed the Upper Tolerable Intake Levels (ULs) for any vitamins and minerals.
How does Ensure Light compare to Ensure Original?
Ensure Light is lower in calories, fat, carbohydrate, and sugars and higher in protein than Ensure Original (retail).  See the chart below for the details.

Ensure Light Vanilla                 

Ensure Original (Retail Vanilla)                  
Serving Size 8 fl oz 8 fl oz
Calories 70 220
Carbohydrate, g 1 32
Sugars, g 0 15
Protein, g 12 9
Fat, g 2 6