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The Difference Between Ensure & Ensure Plus

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Natalie Overstreet is a registered, licensed dietitian who began writing professionally in 2013. She specializes in nutrition for LIVESTRONG.COM. She received a Master of Science in human sciences from Stephen F. Austin State University, emphasizing in food, nutrition and dietetics. Overstreet currently works as a clinical dietitian and health educator in East Texas.
The Difference Between Ensure & Ensure Plus
Ensure and Ensure Plus shakes provide a good source of nutrition in a variety of flavors. Photo Credit: pavlinec/iStock/Getty Images

Ensure and Ensure Plus are often used in diets to gain or maintain a healthy weight. Both types of shakes provide adequate nutrition to support normal body growth, development and maintenance. The shakes are often recommended for people who are malnourished, at nutritional risk or experiencing involuntary weight loss.

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Ensure Plus contains more calories and protein per serving than Ensure. One 8-ounce serving of Ensure contains 250 calories, 9 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat. Ensure Plus contains 350 calories, 13 grams of protein and 11 grams of fat per 8-ounce serving. While both shakes are excellent sources of an omega-3 fatty acid -- alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA -- Ensure Plus contains 650 milligrams compared to only 320 milligrams in Ensure. ALA is a plant-based omega-3 essential fatty acid that has been shown to promote heart health by lowering cholesterol levels and improving blood pressure.

Nutrient Similarities

Both types of shakes are excellent sources of 24 essential vitamins and minerals as well as heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and are low in fiber. Ensure contains 1 gram of dietary fiber per 8-ounce serving. Ensure Plus contains no dietary fiber. Both shakes are suitable for people with celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and lactose intolerance. Also, both shakes are considered halal and kosher.

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