Glucerna Liquid Milk vs Nutren Liquid (For Diabetes)


Glucerna Milk and Nutren liquid:- For diabetics

If you suffer from 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

  1. Glucerna is gluten-free and designed for gluten intolerance.
  2. Glucerna has a higher osmolarity (300mOsm/L) hence the body is able to tolerate this better.
  3. Nutren has more fibres and is 100% soluble.
  4. Nutren has 31 vitamins and minerals, Glucerna has 28 vitamins and minerals.
  5. Nutren can be used where diabetes is not established yet (pre-diabetes)
  6. 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.

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1) Nutren Diabetes and Glucerna Osmolarity

Glucerna liquid for diabetics is an isotonic liquid scientifically formulated to cover your nutritional needs while providing 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.

2) Carbohydrates

For 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 Nutren Diabetes and Glucerna 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 the 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 stabilize it against a potential weight gain.

3) Proteins

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. [vc_row][vc_column]


4) Fats

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 cardiovascular disease risk. Similarly, Nutren liquid for diabetics has more than 60% of MUFA.

5) Fibres

Glucerna liquid for diabetics contains a good amount of fibers (3.6g per 250ml). Nutren liquid for diabetics has more fibers which are 100% soluble. Fibres improve the digestive process and decrease glucose levels around the clock among other benefits. Soluble fibres seem to have benefits for heart health.

6) 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.

7) Flavor and taste

Both Glucerna and Nutren liquid for diabetics have an appealing vanilla flavour but Nutren liquid for diabetics seem to be lighter in taste.

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 hyperglycemia and impaired glucose tolerance. Glucerna is adapted for gluten intolerance as already mentioned.

Formulation Summary table

  Glucerna liquid (/100ml) Nutren liquid (/237ml) = 1 serving
Calories (kcal) 100 240
Proteins (g) 4.2 10.7 50% whey
Fat (g) 5.44 10.4 > 60% monounsaturated fatty acids
Carbohydrates (g) 8.19 Lactose-free 23.2 Sucrose free Fructose free Lactose-free
Fibres (g) 1.43 4.5 100% soluble fibres
Number of vitamins and minerals 28 31


Glucerna Singapore

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 readily mixed with warm water for a supplement drink for the 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. You can read the differences between Glucerna Liquid,  Triple Care RTD, and  Triple Care powder.

Is Glucerna Halal?

Yes, Glucerna milk is halal. Glucerna for Singapore is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories is certified to be halal, by MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura) aka Islamic Religious Council of Singapore.

Is Glucerna vegetarian?

Yes, Glucerna milk is vegetarian because there is no meat inside. Only animal’s milk and other minerals and vitamins are used.

Can non-diabetes people drink Glucerna?

Yes, normal people without diabetes can safely consume glucerna products. Glucerna liquid and Glucerna triple care are specifically designed for people with prediabetes, diabetes, or people trying to manage their blood sugar. Do check with your dietician or doctor for your case as you may have different underlying conditions. Glucerna can be used under medical supervision as a part of a diabetes management plan.

Nutren Diabetes Liquid 24 packs and Powder 400g

There are two Nutren Diabetes:- Nutren Diabetes Milk Liquid is in 237ml and comes in a 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 review 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 the 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 fibers and is not designed for diabetes too. Do consult your doctor or dietician for more information. One of the substitutes for glucerna that dieticians can recommend is Nutren Diabetes. You can read more on some of the Glucerna substitute (Or Nutren, Jevity, Resources Protein, Fortijuce, Ensure milk series substitutes)

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