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Apr 27, 2008 09:57 AM

Ensure (C) Butter Pecan Meal Replacement

It tastes like melted ice cream! I'm in love with it!
It is also lactose and gluten free.

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  1. Anything with that many ingredients scares me. How many of the ingredients do you recognize? Looks like only the high protein version is GF.

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    1. re: lgss

      Yeah, that stuff is mostly sugar/corn syrup and vegetable oil with flavorings and vitamins. Ensure was originally developed as a calorie/nutrient rich food that was easy to consume for the sick and frail elderly who didn't get enough nutrition from normal food, either because of their illness or because they'd lost their appetite. There's really no reason why a healthy person should eat it; they're just trying to expand their market share by promoting it as a "meal replacement" for busy people. Plus, 250 calories for 8 ounces -- you might as well eat real ice cream.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        That's exactly why I drink it (Ensure plus, that is and for the sick part...haven't made it to elderly yet). I can get the Strawberry flavor down, but the rest of them are absolutely disgusting to my tastes. I can't imagine any reason one would drink them if one didn't absolutely need to.

    2. Ensure is the fuel of choice for many of my jock friends. During events that last more than, say, five or six hours, it's difficult to take in enough calories to keep yourself going--your digestive system doesn't want to see anything that requires processing. You can slug down a bottle of Ensure for a fast 250 calories, or a bottle of Ensure Plus for a fast 350 calories. Plus for really long events (12+ hours--the longest ones are 96 hours, no, that is not a typo), you can find it at any grocery or convenience store along the way. Because it includes protein, it's more effective for really tough events than just bars and gels, which are all carbs--you alternate Ensure with the other stuff.

      Personally, I ride my bike long distances so that I can eat like a Chowhound and not like an invalid!

      1. Ensure is also good mixed with a frosty from Wendy's, mixed in coffee, mixed with milk and of course poured on ice cream.

        1. Oh I tried it in corn flakes with sliced banana this morning. Delicious.