Boost Nutritional Drink Ingredients

Dietary supplements, such as Boost nutrition drinks can give you the vitamins and minerals you may be lacking in your diet. Find out which nutrients can be gleaned from energy and strength inducing Boost ingredients.

Boost may be healthier than other between-meals snack options. Credit: Milan_Jovic/E+/GettyImages

Boost Ingredients List

According to the BOOST website, Boost nutritional drinks add vitamins, minerals and protein to your diet. Depending on your dietary needs, you can choose from Boost High Protein, Boost Original, Boost Plus and Boost Glucose Control. Boost ingredients include:

Boost Original: Water, glucose syrup, sugar and milk protein concentrate. It also contains less than 2 percent of vegetable oil, cocoa processed with alkali, vitamins and minerals, soy protein isolate, Gumacacia, Fructooligosaccharides, insulin, cellulose gel and gum, salt, soy lecithin, carrageenan, stevia leaf extract as well as natural and artificial flavor.

Boost High Protein: Boost High Protein contains the same key ingredients as Boost Original, except with a few alterations. It contains both sodium and calcium caseinate, rather than Gumacacia, fructooligosaccharides, insulin and cellulose gel and gum.

Boost Plus: The ingredients are similar to Boost Original, though with added sodium and calcium caseinate, and with gum acacia.

Boost Glucose Control: Water, milk protein concentrate, tapioca dextrin, vegetable oil, fructose, cocoa processed with alkali, soy protein isolate, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, insulin, L-arginine, partially hydrolyzed guar gum, calcium phosphate, citric acid, sodium ascorbate, salt, soy lecithin, cellulose gel and gum and vitamins and minerals.

Note that Boost drinks contain milk and soy ingredients.

Read more: How to Properly Take Vitamins

Boost Nutrition Label

Among the vitamins and minerals in Boost nutrition drinks are potassium, magnesium, calcium, choline, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12, folic acid, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin K and more. Boost drinks also contain a significant amount of protein, which, according to Better Health Channel is important for skin, hair and nails, brain cells and muscles.

Proteins from food are broken down into amino acids, which are then used to make new proteins. The recommended protein intake for women is .75 grams per kilogram of body weight for women and .84 grams per kilogram of body weight for men, explains Better Health Channel. For example an adult male weighing 75 kilograms or 165 pounds, would require 63 grams of protein per day.

With Boost nutritional drinks you'll get plenty of protein as well as other nutrients. According to the Boost nutrition label:

  • Boost Original contains 240 calories, 10 grams of protein and 27 vitamins and minerals.
  • Boost High Protein contains 240 calories, 20 grams of protein and 27 vitamins and minerals.
  • Boost Plus has 360 calories, 14 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals.
  • Boost Glucose Control has 190 calories, 16 grams of protein and 25 minerals and vitamins.

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Nutritional Drinks and Dietary Supplements

Boost nutritional drinks are considered dietary supplements as they contain added nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Despite the many health benefits of these added nutrients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that they can involve health risks.

Because dietary supplements fall under the umbrella of "food," they are not regulated by the FDA. Therefore you must be extra careful about checking the ingredients label and being knowledgeable about the types of ingredients.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) advises being alert about ingredient side effects, especially when consuming a product for the first time. If you're thinking of taking dietary supplements on a regular basis, you should consult your doctor, especially if you're on any medications or have any health conditions.

The best way to get the nutrients you need is to maintain a balanced diet, though there are some cases in which you're unable to get the necessary nutrients, in which case your physician might recommend a dietary supplement, such as Boost nutrition drinks.

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