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EzJim #98382 06-29-2009 08:30 AM
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Is Ensure Plus better for nutrition than Boost Plus? Boost Plus has 360 calories and tastes good. I had Ensure when I had a feeding tube last year, so didn't really get to taste it. Which is better healthwise?


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Dont know about Boost plus. I drank ensure only twice and it was awful. I couldnt even drink it holding my nose or when I had no taste. Alot of people here use carnation very high calorie which is about 500 calories per can. You can get this by asking at the pharmacy of any major retailer or ordering it thru the amazon link on here.

I used prescription feedig formulas. Sorry I couldnt help you more.


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ChristineB #98489 06-30-2009 05:58 PM
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Surprisingly I still drink vanilla Ensure Plus for breakfast every day and like it. It must be ice cold. The other flavors that I liked while on radiation were Butter Almond and Coffee. I could not stand the regular Ensure and had to drink the Plus variety. I did not like Boost but I'm not certain they had a Plus variety back then. Strawberry and Chocolate were the worst Ensure flavors. Carnation VHC didn't exist back then amd I don't need the calories now.

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Eileen #98526 07-01-2009 05:16 AM
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Eileen,

I just saw a commercial last night on a new Ensure drink that is supposed to boost the immune system and have an active culture in it so maybe you can look into that?


David

Age 58 at Dx, HPV16+ SCC, Stage IV BOT+2 nodes, non smoker, casual drinker, exercise nut, Cisplatin x 3 & concurrent IMRT x 35,(70 Gy), no surgery, no Peg, Tx at Moffitt over Aug 06. Jun 07, back to riding my bike 100 miles a wk. Now doing 12 Spin classes and 60 outdoor miles per wk. Nov 13 completed Hilly Century ride for Cancer, 104 miles, 1st Place in my age group. Apr 2014 & 15, Spun for 9 straight hrs to raise $$ for YMCA's Livestrong Program. Certified Spin Instructor Jun 2014.
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I drink the Members Mark from Sam's Club. It;s ensure under a different name and cost about 8 or 9 dollars less. I like the taste if it is very cold.


Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
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EzJim #98704 07-03-2009 04:11 PM
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I saw that commercial too. It sure makes it look like something pretty tasty. I still havent been able to bring myself to drink that kind of stuff.


Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
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ChristineB #98711 07-03-2009 05:09 PM
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I drink Ensure after my partial glossectomies and I thought they were really good. I liked chocolate and vanilla. I can't drink it now because it takes me back so surgery days. I'm very sensitive to smells and tastes. Christine, I'm surprised you found it so bad...


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suzanne98 #98715 07-03-2009 05:48 PM
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The ensure was horrible to me. Dont know if it was due to my wacked out sense of taste. It just reminded me too much of the canned fedding formulas I used for my PEG.

Thats funny you mentioned about being sensitive to smells. My nose is now the super sniffer!!!!! Maybe that plays a part in my sense of taste.

Ive always been overly picky when it came to food and drinks.

Eileen, you and Suzanne are brave souls to drink that stuff.


Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile
ChristineB #98882 07-06-2009 05:15 PM
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Unless I am mistaken, all Ensure products with expiration dates beginning 1 March 2010 now have the prebiotics in them. This has caused a real problem for me as within a few days the old diarrhea retuned from nowhere. It was not until the other day when I went to their site looking for their new product that I found out about the new addition and what it is supposed to do. I found a case with a Feb 2010 expiration date and upon switching over to it the problem stopped. I am in touch with them to see what might be done to alleviate my problem. I sure would hate to have to change over to a different product now.

I guess I might be able to qualify as an expert on Ensure. Since I began using it back in 2005 I have consumed right close to 15,000 cans of it, ten a day. Most likely some 99.9 percent of that consumed has been the Creamy Milk Chocolate. They now have a brand new flavor, Dark Chocolate which I am looking forward to tasting.


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Florida Bill #98917 07-07-2009 03:06 AM
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oohhh Bill...let me know what you think of the Dark Chocolate! I've tried almost every flavor and like you am stuck and strangely addicted to the Creamy Milk Chocolate.

I think I'm going to grab a few right now...help me with my hunger and dry mouth issue...lol :P

Be Well

Eric


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