Ensure Clear Review: A Tasty Drink for People with Special Nutritional Needs

Chad Birt

Written by Chad Birt on Tue Nov 21 2023.

Ensure Clear flavors.

Ensure Clear Nutrition drinks are bottled nutritional drinks with protein and essential vitamins. This guide explains how it’s different from other Ensure products and will help you decide if it’s a good choice for you or a loved one.

What is Ensure?

Ensure is a line of nutritional drinks manufactured by Abbott Nutrition. The first version of Ensure was a ready-to-drink protein shake, released in 1971. Nowadays, the Ensure brand includes more than 10 different beverages, including Ensure Clear.

What is Ensure Clear?

Ensure Clear is a refreshing, fruit-flavored nutritional drink containing protein, essential vitamins, and nutrients. It’s an alternative to creamy milkshake-like nutritional drinks but offers similar benefits. 

How Does Ensure Clear Work?

Ensure Clear helps users maintain their nutritional needs. It contains fewer calories than other Ensure products but has a variety of vitamins and minerals that support the immune system, heart, muscles, and bones. 

Many older adults have smaller appetites and/or difficulty chewing. Ensure Clear supplements regular meals, ensuring your loved one has the nutrients they need to thrive.

Pros and Cons of Ensure Clear

Ensure Clear Pros Include:

  • Clear: Unlike nutrition shakes, Ensure Clear doesn’t have a milkshake-like consistency. 

  • Fruit flavored: The pomegranate blueberry and mixed-fruit flavors are perfect for picky eaters who don’t like chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

  • Lactose-free: Ensure Clear is safe for people with lactose intolerance. It does contain some lactose, but not enough to cause stomach problems, like gas or diarrhea.

  • Fat-free: Ensure Clear is perfect for people on clear-liquid, fat-malabsorptive, and fat-restricted diets.

  • 180 calories per serving: On the go? 180 liquid calories is a satisfying snack that will tide you over until your next meal. 

  • Halal and Kosher: OK for people who eat according to religious practices.

Ensure Clear Cons Include:

  • Fat-Free: Ensure Clear doesn’t contain any fat. If you or your loved one are fat deficient or require a specific amount of fat in your diet, drinks like Ensure Plus might be a better alternative.

Ensure Clear: Key Benefits & Features

  • Each serving contains 8 grams of high-quality protein

  • Each serving contains 15 vitamins and minerals

  • #1 Doctor-recommended brand

  • Two flavors: Blueberry Pomegranate and Mixed Fruit

  • Light and easy to drink

  • Can be served cold or at room temperature

  • Drink it directly from the bottle or pour it into your favorite cup

Who is Ensure Clear For?

Ensure Clear is great for anyone with special nutritional needs, including those:

  • Experiencing involuntary weight loss

  • Eating modified or special diets

  • Suffering from malnutrition or nutritional gaps

  • Recovering from illness or surgery

  • On pre or post-surgical diets

  • Who need a gluten-free drink

Some people use Ensure Clear to substitute snacks or meals while on the go. 

What Caregivers Have to Say:

Hear it from a caregiver

"Wonderful. I love this as a dietary supplement. I prefer it to regular Ensure since it’s not as heavy. The taste is great, not too sweet but just right.”

- Patricia C.

Hear it from a caregiver

"I’m unable to consume any dairy products. I can’t find Ensure Clear in any stores. I’m so glad Carewell carries this product.”

- Christine A.

Hear it from a caregiver

“My uncle loves the taste. In searching for a nutritional drink that did not contain Vitamin K (which is not recommended with blood thinners), my uncle received a recommendation for this product. He was very pleased with the taste and the drink in general. I was able to provide him with nutrition without the ingredient he was avoiding.”

- Lawrence H.

Ensure Clear Nutritional Drink
Ensure Clear Nutritional Drink

Price: $13.81 - $34.54

Commonly Asked Questions

1) Does Ensure Clear provide balanced nutrition, like other Ensure products? Why or why not?

Ensure Clear doesn’t contain fat, like other Ensure products, so it isn’t recommended as a meal substitute. Still, it provides 180 calories, 8 grams of protein, and 15 essential vitamins and nutrients per serving.

2) Does Ensure Clear contain sugar?

Yes. Each serving of Ensure Clear contains 18 grams of sugar (about 3 grams less than a glass of orange juice). If you or your loved one need to avoid sugar, try Ensure Light

3) Will Ensure Clear help me lose weight?

Ensure Clear isn’t formulated for weight loss, but it can complement your efforts as part of a nutritious and balanced diet. 


Ensure Clear is a popular drink among family caregivers. Its consistency and ingredients make it ideal for people on special diets as well as those with lactose intolerance. Plus, the flavor is delicious, making it the perfect liquid nutritional supplement for picky eaters. 

Need Help?

Thinking about buying Ensure Clear for yourself or a loved one? Unsure if it will meet your needs? Our Caregiving Specialists are here to help whenever you need them in English and Spanish. Call (800) 696-CARE or send an email to support@carewell.com.

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Chad Birt
Chad Birt

Chad Birt is a freelance medical writer who resides in Astoria, Oregon. When he isn't behind a keyboard, you can find him hiking, camping, or birdwatching with his wife Ella and their two dogs, Diane and Thoreau.