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Not Bad When You Need It
on January 13, 2016
I was first given this as an inpatient at a local hospital as a supplement. I'm a choco-holic and tend to avoid other flavors if given the choice. However, at the hospital I pretty much got whatever flavor the dietary staff had on hand so I was "given" the opportunity to try the strawberry and vanilla flavors. So, I can categorically say I still like chocolate best if given the opportunity to choose.
Does this taste like chocolate milk or a chocoate shake? Not really but in my opinion the chocolate flavor is not too shabby. I've done side by side taste tests with Ensure (which has been the expensive staple for many patients who had to be on a dietary supplement) and Carnation Instant Breakfast Essentials mixed with Almond Milk and I prefer the taste of Boost over both. I couldn't tell you why exactly but it just seems to suit my tastebuds better. One note about the Carnation Essentials, which is the lowest on the taste meter scale, although the taste isn't as good, it might be a bit "healthier" if you need to restrict sugar intake.
But most who are drinking these probably need the calories regardless of where they are coming from so ingredients like Corn Syrup and sugar which help to improve the taste and provide calories probably aren't a big concern. However, It'd be nice if, like Carnation's sugar free "Essentials", Boost and Ensure would drop the Corn Syrup (although Carnation uses artificial sweeteners in theirs instead of sugar so it becomes a tradeoff.)
This, like Ensure and Carnation's Essentials does have a lot of basic vitamins and minerals with RDA's around the 25% mark so the how much one drinks can be planned against how much other nutrition is being taken in by the patient/consumer. One note about what's on the label, unless you have really good vision you'll need a magnifying glass to read what's in the bottle. I think these companies are using WWII microdot technology to print these labels.
The bottle has a plastic wrapper that you have to have fingernails or a knife to get under to tear off. Ensure had a twist off cap with small plastic connectors that easily break when you twist open the cap and make it easy to tell if the bottle has been tampered with. The Ensure bottle is a bit easier to open in my opinion.
Like all of these types of drinks, refrigeration is recommened. It thickens the drink up and makes it slightly more of a milkshake consistency. You can drink them at room temperature but it has the consistency of thin chocolate milk. It just depends on your preference.
Product gets 4 stars for taste, minus about a half a star for not being a bit easier to open and a half a star for being a bit high priced.