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General Product Questions

Can people without diabetes use Glucerna products?


Glucerna products are intended to help with the dietary management of diabetes under medical supervision. People without diabetes should substitute other nutritional products, such as Ensure®, AdvantEdge®, or ZonePerfect®, in place of Glucerna products in their meal plan. It is important to mention to your health care professional that you are using these products so that any medical conditions you might have can be taken into consideration.




Are Glucerna products appropriate for me if I have type 1 diabetes?


Glucerna products are appropriate for people with type 1 diabetes. It is important to monitor your sugar regularly to see how these products affect your blood sugar, as well as your insulin needs. Glucerna products contain blends of carbohydrates that are slowly digested to help minimize peaks in blood sugar. We encourage you to discuss any changes with your health care professional and, if you do intend to focus on weight loss, consult your health care professional on your specific goals. Weight loss does affect blood sugar levels and insulin needs.




If I have hypoglycemia, can I use Glucerna products?


In people with diabetes, Glucerna products should not be used to treat hypoglycemia, insulin shock, or insulin reaction, because these products are not absorbed quickly enough to restore blood sugar to a normal level. Talk to your health care professional about appropriate treatment options for low blood sugar reactions.

It’s important to point out the difference between hypoglycemia in people without diabetes and low blood sugar due to the treatment of diabetes. We have not studied Glucerna products specifically in people without diabetes with low blood sugar (called hypoglycemia). People with hypoglycemia often are told to eat several small meals/snacks per day, including protein and whole grains. Consult your physician or health care professional for more information on diet and hypoglycemia.




Can Glucerna products be used during pregnancy for women with gestational diabetes?


No specific studies have been done with Glucerna products in a population of pregnant women with diabetes or with gestational diabetes. Nursing and pregnant moms with diabetes should be aware of the vitamin and mineral nutrient contents listed on the labels and discuss their use when combined with maternal vitamins and minerals taken in addition to food choices with their doctors. Nursing and pregnant moms should consult with doctors or dietitians to see how Glucerna products would best fit into prescribed meal plans.




Are glycemic index values calculated for your products?


We do not calculate glycemic index values for our adult medical nutritional products.

The glycemic index (GI) ranks carbohydrate foods on how quickly the carbohydrates enter the bloodstream and elevates blood sugar. Quickly digested and metabolized carbohydrates have the highest glycemic index. The blood sugar response to these products is fast and high. Slowly digested carbohydrates, such as those in Glucerna Shakes and Bars, have a low glycemic index and release glucose gradually into the bloodstream. The blood sugar response to these products is slow and steady.




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Glucerna Shakes and Snack Shakes

In what flavors are Glucerna Shakes available?


Glucerna Shakes are available in four delicious flavors: Rich Chocolate, Homemade Vanilla, Creamy Strawberry, and Classic Butter Pecan.




Where can I buy Glucerna Shakes?


The entire line of Glucerna products can be purchased nationwide at pharmacies, grocery stores, and major discount stores.




How many dietary exchanges or carbohydrate choices are there in a serving?


Glucerna Shakes provides 2 carb choices or, if using the exchange system, each shake provides 1 starch, 1 low-fat milk, and 1 fat.




Do Glucerna Shakes contain artificial sweeteners?


Yes, Glucerna Shakes contain sucralose and acesulfame potassium.




Have Glucerna Shakes been studied in people with diabetes?


Yes, Glucerna Shakes have been studied in people with diabetes.1



1Data on file. Study BK02. Abbott Nutrition, February 2006.

What is the nutrient profile of 8-fl-oz Glucerna Shakes?


 

Glucerna Shake
(Homemade Vanilla)

Nutrient

Amount

% DV

Serving size

8-fl-oz

 

Calories

200

-

Protein, g

10

20

Fat, g

7

11

Saturated fat, g

0.5

3

Trans fat, g

0

-

Total carbohydrate, g

26

9

Fiber, g

3

12

FOS, g

0

-

Sugars, g

6

-

Vitamin A, IU

1,250

25

Vitamin D, IU

100

25

Vitamin E, IU

75

25

Vitamin K, mcg

20

25

Vitamin C, mg

60

100

Folic acid, mcg

100

25

Thiamin, mg

0.38

25

Riboflavin, mg

0.43

25

Niacin, mg

5

25

Vitamin B6, mg

0.5

25

Vitamin B12, mcg

1.5

25

Biotin, mcg

75

25

Pantothenic acid, mg

2.5

25

Sodium, mg

210

9

Potassium, mg

380

11

Chloride, mg

340

10

Calcium, mg

250

25

Phosphorus, mg

250

25

Magnesium, mg

100

25

Manganese, mg

0.5

25

Iodine, mcg

38

25

Copper, mg

0.5

25

Zinc, mg

3.8

25

Iron, mg

4.5

25

Chromium, mcg

200

170

Molybdenum, mcg

26

35

Selenium, mcg

18

25

Choline, mg

138

25



Please refer to product label for most current ingredient, allergen, and nutrient information.




Are there sugar alcohols in Glucerna Shakes and Snack Shakes? If so, which ones and how much?


Glycerine, a sugar alcohol, is an ingredient in Glucerna Shakes and Snack Shakes. Glycerine is a low-glycemic carbohydrate that functions as a sweetener. Like maltitol, glycerine is classified as a sugar alcohol. However, unlike maltitol, which is only partially metabolized and provides 2 calories per gram, glycerine is completely metabolized like a carbohydrate and provides 4 calories per gram. This difference in metabolism is key to removing the risk for GI side effects.

Glycerine is declared as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA and has an upper threshold of 125 grams per day. Glycerine also may be referred to as glycerol; they are the same substance. Glycerine is listed with the ingredients on Glucerna products. There are 3.8 grams of glycerine in Glucerna Shakes and 3.0 grams in Glucerna Snack Shakes. This included in the total carbohydrate grams claimed on the product label.




Do Glucerna Shakes or Snack Shakes contain gluten or lactose?


Glucerna Shakes and Snack Shakes are gluten-free and suitable for lactose intolerance, but not for people with galactosemia.




Can Glucerna Shakes or Snack Shakes be used for tube feeding or sole source of nutrition?


No, Glucerna Shakes and Snack Shakes are not designed to be used for tube feeding, nor as a sole source of nutrition.




How much do Glucerna Shakes cost and where can I find them?


Glucerna Shakes are sold in six-bottle packs with the suggested retail price of $9.99. You can find them alongside other Glucerna products near the pharmacy section of retail stores throughout the country.




Can a child with diabetes use Glucerna Shakes or Snack Shakes?


Glucerna Shakes and Snack Shakes can be used by children 9 years of age and older with the guidance of a pediatric health care professional. For children ages 4 to 8 years, they should only be substituted occasionally into the meal plan by a health care professional (considering that one 8-fl-oz bottle of Glucerna Shake provides half of the child's estimated daily protein need and has a nutrient profile designed for adults). Glucerna Shakes and Snack Shakes should not be used in children younger than 4 years of age.

Children with diabetes typically have a meal plan that is developed and adjusted with the assistance of the child's health care team (often including a pediatric dietitian, nurse, endocrinologist, and pediatrician). The child may need to balance food and beverage intake, activity, and possibly insulin. The child and family learn a system for planning meals and snacks and for making substitutions. Glucerna Shakes and Snack Shakes have not been studied in the pediatric age group. However, a school-aged child who likes Glucerna Shakes or Snack Shakes may be able to substitute one occasionally in the meal plan with the initial assistance of a health care professional.




Why were Glucerna Snack Shakes developed?


Glucerna Snack Shakes were designed as a snack and formulated to have similar caloric value to Glucerna Snack Bars. Snacking is an important part of a diabetes management plan to help manage blood sugar levels and weight. Glucerna Snack Shakes are fortified at 15 percent of the DV for vitamins/minerals, reflective of its use as a snack.




How many dietary exchanges or carbohydrate choices are there in a serving?


Glucerna Snack Shakes provide 1 carb choice or, if using the exchange system, each Snack Shake provides 1 starch and 1 medium-fat meat.




Do Glucerna Snack Shakes contain artificial sweeteners?


Yes, Glucerna Snack Shakes contain sucralose and acesulfame potassium.




What is the difference in color, taste, and consistency between Glucerna Shakes and Glucerna Snack Shakes?


Glucerna Snack Shakes are similar in color and consistency. Glucerna Snack Shakes are available in Rich Chocolate and Homemade Vanilla.



How much will Glucerna Snack Shakes cost and where can I find them?


The 140-calorie, 8-fl-oz shakes are available in two classic flavors: Rich Chocolate and Homemade Vanilla. Glucerna Snack Shakes are sold in four-can packs with the suggested retail price of $5.99. Glucerna Snack Shakes can be found with other Glucerna products near the pharmacy section of retail stores throughout the country.




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Glucerna Nutrition Bars: Crispy Delights Bars and Mini Snacks Bars

How many milligrams of calcium are in Glucerna Crispy Delights Bars?


Glucerna Crispy Delights Nutrition Bar

Amount of Calcium

Chocolate Chip

150 mg/40 g bar

Peanut Chocolate Chip

100 mg/ 40 g bar




Can Glucerna Crispy Delights and Mini-Snack Bars be frozen?


Freezing will not alter the nutrient composition of Glucerna Nutrition Bars. The coating of the bar may have a different appearance after it has been frozen. Be careful not to bite into a completely frozen bar because of the possibility of tooth damage.




How much caffeine is in Glucerna Nutrition Bars?


Glucerna Mini-Snack Nutrition Bars and Glucerna Crispy Delights Nutrition Bars have less than 5 mg of caffeine per bar.




How much lactose is in Glucerna Nutrition Bars?


Please refer to product labels for most current lactose information.




Do Glucerna Nutrition Bars Contain Sugar?


Yes, and the sugar content varies among Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars and Glucerna Crispy Delights Nutrition Bars. The value for sugar can be found on the Nutrition Facts label and ranges from 2 to 6 grams per serving. The unique carbohydrates, including the sugar, in Glucerna Nutrition Bars are designed to help minimize blood sugar response




How many calories are in each flavor of Glucerna Nutrition Bars?


Glucerna Crispy Delights Nutrition Bars

Total Calories

Chocolate Chip Bar

140

Peanut Chocolate Chip

150


Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars

Total Calories

Chocolate Peanut

80

Oatmeal Raisin

80

Chocolate Caramel

80




Are there any artificial sweeteners in Glucerna Nutrition Bars?


  • Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars contain Acesulfame K
  • Glucerna Crispy Delights Peanut Chocolate Chip contains Acesulfame K and Sucralose
  • Glucerna Crispy Delights Chocolate Chip contains Acesulfame K and Sucralose




Why were Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars developed?


Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars are intended to be tasty, convenient between-meal snacks for use as part of a diabetes management plan. Consistent carbohydrate intake throughout the day is important for overall control of blood sugar levels. Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars offer another option for people with diabetes to help manage their blood sugar at their snacking occasions. Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars contain blends of slowly digested carbohydrates with a balance of protein and fat.




What is the considered one serving of Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars?


One Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bar (20 g) is a single serving.




How many Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars can I eat in one day and when should I eat them?


Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bar usage depends on a person?s calorie needs and blood sugar management plan under the advisement of a health care professional. Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutritions Bars are intended to be tasty, convenient between-meal snacks for use as part of a diabetes management plan. Consistent carbohydrate intake throughout the day is important for overall control of blood sugar levels. Snacking is often a key part of achieving consistent carbohydrate intake, as well as maintaining good glycemic control throughout the day.




Do Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars contain gluten? Is this stated on the package?


Glucerna Nutrition Bars contain gluten. See the ingredients listing on the individual bar wrapper and box for more detailed information.




What Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bar flavors and packages are available?


Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars are available in three tasty flavors: Chocolate Caramel, Chocolate Peanut and Oatmeal Raisin. They have a suggested retail price of $5.49 for an eight-bar box.




Can Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars be eaten with a Glucerna Shake or other food item?


Glucerna Mini Snack Bars are designed to be consumed as a between-meal snack as part of a diabetes management plan. The Chocolate Peanut flavor provides 80 calories, and the Cinnamon Bun and Oatmeal Raisin flavors provide 70 calories. They could be part of a meal or consumed with another Glucerna product, depending on a person’s calorie needs and blood sugar management plan.

Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars are designed to be consumed as a between-meal snack as part of a diabetes management plan. They could be part of a meal or consumed with another Glucerna product, depending on a person’s calorie needs and blood sugar management plan. Your health care profession can help you determine how best to incorporate Glucerna Nutrition Bars into your meal plan.




Could Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars interact with diabetes medications?


To better understand how a food, such as Glucerna Nutrition Bars may affect your blood glucose levels, a person with diabetes should check his or her blood sugar before and one to two hours after consuming Glucerna Nutrition Bars to determine the effect on blood sugar. This response should be taken into consideration with his or her diabetes medication plan.




Do Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars contain vitamin K?


Yes, Glucerna Mini-Snacks Nutrition Bars contain 10 percent of the Daily Value of vitamin K, or 8 micrograms per 20-gram bar.




What types of allergens do Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars contain?


Please refer to product label for most current ingredient, allergen, and nutrient information.




How many dietary exchanges or carbohydrate choices are there in one Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bar?


Each Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bar provides 1 carb choice or, if using the exchange system, each Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bar provides 1 starch and 1 fat.




What is the nutritional composition of Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars?


 

Glucerna Mini-Snacks Nutrition Bar
(Chocolate Peanut)

Glucerna Mini-Snacks Nutrition Bar
(Oatmeal Raisin)

Glucerna Mini-Snacks Nutrition Bar
(Chocolate Caramel)

Nutrient

Amount

% DV

Amount

% DV

Amount

% DV

Serving size

20-g bar

 

20-g bar

 

20-g bar

 

Calories

80

-

80

-

80

-

Total fat, g

3.5

5%

3.5

5%

3

2%

Saturated fat, g

1.5

8%

1

5%

1.5

8%

Trans fat, g

0

-

0

-

0

-

Cholesterol, mg

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

Sodium, mg

60

3%

40

2%

-

-

Potassium, mg

-

-

30

1%

-

-

Total carbohydrate, g

10

3%

11

4%

12

4%

Dietary fiber, g

<1

<4%

<1

<4%

<1

<4%

Sugars, g

4

-

6

-

2

-

Sugar alcohols, g

2

-

2

-

5

-

Protein, g

3

6%

3

6%

3

6%

Vitamin A, IU

500

10%

500

10%

500

10%

Vitamin C, mg

6

10%

6

10%

6

10%

Calcium, mg

100

10%

100

10%

20

2%

Iron, mg

1.44

8%

1.44

8%

1.44

8%

Vitamin D, IU

60

15%

60

15%

60

15%

Vitamin E, IU

4.5

15%

4.5

15%

4.5

15%

Vitamin K, mcg

8

10%

8

10%

8

10%

Thiamin, mg

0.15

10%

0.15

10%

0.15

10%

Riboflavin, mg

0.17

10%

0.17

10%

0.17

10%

Niacin, mg

2

10%

2

10%

2

10%

Vitamin B6, mg

0.2

10%

0.2

10%

0.2

10%

Folate, mcg

40

10%

40

10%

40

10%

Vitamin B12, mcg

0.6

8%

0.6

10%

0.6

10%

Biotin, mcg

30

10%

30

10%

30

10%

Pantothenic acid, mg

1

10%

1

10%

1

10%

Phosphorus, mg

100

10%

100

10%

40

4%

Iodine, mcg

15

10%

15

10%

15

-

Magnesium, mg

40

10%

32

8%

32

8%

Zinc, mg

1.5

10%

1.5

10%

1.5

10%

Selenium, mcg

7

10%

7

10%

7

10%

Copper, mg

0.16

8%

0.16

8%

0.16

8%

Manganese, mg

0.2

10%

0.2

10%

0.2

10%

Chromium, mcg

18

15%

18

15%

18

15%

Molybdenum, mcg

7.5

10%

7.5

10%

7.5

10%

Chloride, mg

39

<2%

15

<2%

33

<2%




What does the unique carbohydrate blend in Glucerna Mini Snacks Nutrition Bars consist of?


The unique carbohydrate blend includes corn maltodextrin (including Fibersol), fructose, maltitol and/or lactitol, and glycerine to help manage blood sugar response.




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