Glucerna Liquid Milk vs Nutren Liquid (For Diabetes)
Glucerna Milk and Nutren liquid:- For diabetics
If you suffer from an elevated blood sugar and find it complicated to eat, then Glucerna and Nutren liquid for diabetics may be recommended by your doctor as meal replacement or supplements. These two formulations were developed for you by Abbott and Nestle Health Science respectively.
Please consult your medical doctor and dietician for proper advice. The following blog post on benefits and reviews of glucerna and nutren liquid is what can be gathered from Abbott and Nestle websites and Singaporean patients reviews.
Glucerna vs Nutren key differences
- Glucerna is gluten-free and designed for gluten intolerance.
- Glucerna has a higher osmolarity (300mOsm/L) hence the body is able to tolerate this better.
- Nutren has more fibres and are 100% soluble.
- Nutren has 31 vitamins and minerals, Glucerna has 28 vitamins and minerals.
- Nutren can be used where diabetes is not established yet (pre-diabetes)
- Both Glucerna and Nutren are well designed with ideal carbohydrates, proteins, fats and vitamins and minerals – which is ideal for you depends on your condition. Pls do consult your doctor.
Nutren Diabetes and Glucerna Osmolarity
Glucerna liquid for diabetics is an isotonic liquid scientifically formulated to cover your nutritional needs while providing a balanced nutrition. Indeed, its osmolarity of 300 mOsm/L makes it well tolerated when ingested. Nutren liquid for diabetics has a lower osmolarity of 246 mOsm/L.
A lower osmolarity means higher rehydration for the body.
For a better control of your blood glucose, Glucerna and Nutren liquid for diabetics are formulated to have a low glycaemic index. Indeed, Glucerna liquid for diabetics has a reduced carbohydrate content that gives you 34% your total energy needs, while Nutren liquid for diabetics has a glycaemic index of 26 and contains in addition isomaltulose and tapioca dextrin. These two sugars have respectively the property to be less sweet and take more time to be digested, which makes these alternative carbs support glycaemic control.
Glucerna and Nutren liquid for diabetics are lactose-free.
Both are low GI
Low GI food is known to reduce the blood glucose spikes while increasing the insulin effectiveness, making its assimilation by muscles to effectively reduce glucose in blood. This is translated in the long run by a better prognosis for your diabetes as HBA1C tends to be improved. Low GI food also makes you feel less hungry which improves your body mass index (BMI) and stabilise it against a potential weight gain.
Glucerna and Nutren liquid for diabetics have similar amounts of proteins. These are provided with good quantities to help cover part of your daily needs (about 20%).
Glucerna liquid for diabetics is gluten free, which makes this meal replacement product also adapted for people with gluten intolerance.
50% of the Nutren liquid for diabetics’ protein ration is whey. When used with the appropriate amount, whey is a protein that seems to have several health benefits, including a better glycaemic control, a blood pressure reduction, a rapid muscle regeneration, satiation feeling, and inflammation reduction.
Glucerna liquid for diabetics is not only cholesterol free but contains monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) which are a healthy type of fat. In other words, this composition tends to reduce your cardiovascular disease risk. Similarly, Nutren liquid for diabetics have more than 60% of MUFA.
Glucerna liquid for diabetics contains a good amount of fibres (3.6g per 250ml). Nutren liquid for diabetics has more fibres which are 100% soluble.
Fibres improve the digestive process and decrease the glucose levels around the clock among other benefits. Soluble fibres seem to have benefits for the heart health.
Vitamins and minerals
Glucerna and Nutren liquid for diabetics have respectively 28 and 31 vitamins and minerals, of which, many are provided with amounts corresponding to your daily needs, which makes them good meal replacements.
Flavour and taste
Both Glucerna and Nutren liquid for diabetics have an appealing vanilla flavour but Nutren liquid for diabetics seems to be lighter.
Glucerna and Nutren Oral and Tube feeding Uses
Glucerna and Nutren liquid for diabetics are ready to use products, both for oral and tube feeding.
Although both products are indicated for diabetes, Nutren liquid could also be used in cases where diabetes is not established yet, which include stress induced hyperglycaemia and impaired glucose tolerance.
Glucerna is adapted for gluten intolerance as already mentioned.
Formulation Summary table
|Glucerna liquid (/100ml)||Nutren liquid (/237ml)|
= 1 serving
> 60% monounsaturated fatty acids
100% soluble fibres
|Number of vitamins and minerals||28||31|
For those interested in glucerna in Singapore, do note that broadly speaking there are 2 types.
Firstly there is the glucerna liquid vanilla, which comes in 24 cans per carton. This is the glucerna we are referring to in the whole article. There is also a “Glucerna Triple Care” version
Glcuerna Triple Care
The most commonly advertised in Singapore is the Glucerna Triple Care powder, usually in 400g or 850g tin cans. The powder can be ready mixed with warm water for a supplement drinks for elderly or patients.
This is the Glucerna in Singapore that is fronted by Singapore artist Chew Chor Ming
Glucerna Triple Care also comes in Glucerna Ready-To-Drink packets form, where you just have to insert a straw and drink for convenience. Each RTD carton comes with 27 packets.
Nutren Diabetes Liquid 24 packs and Powder 400g
There are two Nutren Diabetes:- Nutren Diabetes Milk Liquid is in 237ml and comes in carton of 24 packets. The other version is Nutren Diabetes milk powdered form and comes in 400g, it can be readily mixed with warm water as a drink.
We have another full nutren diabetes reviews of benefits that you can read about.
Glucerna vs Ensure Liquid / Life / Plus
Glucerna vs Ensure is a common question we get. A key difference is that Ensure is not designed for diabetes condition users. We have written a simple comparison of all the Ensure products vs Glucerna.
Both Ensure liquid (or Plus and Life) are all designed by Abbott, but whether they are suitable for you depends on doctor’s recommendation and dietician’s planning for your condition. Do consult your doctor.
Glucerna vs Jevity
Glucerna vs Jevity is the next more common question. Jevity contains lots of fibres and is not designed for diabetes too. Do consult your doctor or dietician.
The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider
For glucerna, check Abbott Singapore
For more information about Nutren Liquid for Diabetics check Nestle Health Science