As part of the samples box Vic over at Celebrate sent me, there were some of the new ENS shakes that include protein as well. I’ve not tried them yet, so I’m looking forward to putting them in my blender bottle and giving them a whirl.
First up is the Vanilla Cake Batter.
Created for surgical weight loss patients, our ENS (Essential Nutrient System) shake contains a high potency multivitamin, 500 mg of calcium citrate, and 25 g of whey isolate protein in each pack. Our integrated formula provides maximum solubility and ensures that the vitamins and minerals are readily bioavailable. This product is the best option for patients immediately following surgery.
* The vitamin and mineral content of each pack is equal to taking one chewable multivitamin, plus 500 mg of calcium, plus 25 g of protein.
* Due to the nature of the formulation, this product is appropriate for any surgical weight loss procedure. As with any of our other delivery systems, you may need additional supplementation based on surgery type.
* It is recommended to be blended with 8 oz of cold water, shaken, and consumed but can be mixed with as much or as little water as you want. It may also be mixed with milk.
* Each pack also contains 4 g of soluble fiber, added electrolytes and a 500 mg antioxidant blend, and a 200 mg green tea blend.
* Like our other products, taste is important and this has a delicious vanilla flavor that will make you think that you are drinking a glass of milk flavored like cake batter.
* Since quality is a critical element of all of our products, we utilize an ultra refined whey isolate protein that scores 100 on the PDCAAS scale.
Who would benefit from this product?
1. Early post-operative patients – Since this may be diluted to taste, there are virtually no issues with taste aversion.
2. Athletes – If you are a surgery patient turned athlete, this can help to flavor that boring water that you need to drink. Water is critical and taking your vitamins and calcium while hydrating makes it easier.
3. Anyone looking for a convenient alternative to pills or chewables.
The directions on the packet say to mix the packet with 8oz of water, although this amount can be changed based on tastes. It can also be mixed with milk, soy milk, almond milk, etc. if you choose.
For the sake of this taste test (and, well, all taste tests) I followed the directions perfectly. Added 8oz of water to my shaker cup, then the packet, and gave it a shake:
The sniff test allows it to pass. There is no bad smell at all.
First taste gives me a slightly watery taste. No immediate “vitamin-y” or mineral-y taste at all. Immediate thought: next time use less water for a thicker drink. As it is, it’s like a milky water. Thin is good for baby post-ops who cannot handle a thick volume shake.
But it’s not bad. At all.
I don’t taste anything in terms of the vitamins at all. I have a slight “dry” protein mouth at the VERY end, but nothing that isn’t unusual after any standard protein drink.
The stats aren’t bad at all:
Dosage for ALL surgeries is 2 packages daily.
There are a few things to take note about -
- Vitamin A is a hybrid of retinyl palmitate and beta-carotene, with one serving equating to 100% DV. RNY and DS do not absorb beta-carotene due to the loss of stomach acid and the bypass of the duodenum, and the VSG will have a lowered ability to absorb beta-carotene, as well as any AGBers who take PPIs. As always, keep an eye on your labs.
- Vitamin K (K1, in this case) is extremely low. With two doses, it’s still only 50% of an adult RDA. With more and more post-ops coming up deficient in vitamin K, I see the need for vitamin companies to add MORE vitamin K, not put less in.
- Magnesium amount is a bit low, but happy to see the combo here of mag citrate and mag oxide.
- Zinc and copper are a bit low, BUT they are present. It may be enough for most. Labs, people. Labs.
- Selenium, manganese, chromium, and molybdenum are all amino acid chelates. This worries me as I’ve seen a study that states that amino acid chelates absorb in the duodenum. I’d really like to see something refuting this. Please?
With all I’ve said above, it should be noted that no vitamin is perfect, and we should point out that with 8oz (or less, or more?) you get 25g of HIGH QUALITY protein, a good multivitamin, and 500mg of calcium citrate. And, to me at least? It tastes pretty decent. You can’t beat that with a stick. Definitely a good product to give a shot if you are looking to simplify your life somewhat.
Available at Celebrate, a 7-count supply for $17.50