Supplements

Oral Protein Supplements: Which One Fits Your Needs?

January 11, 2017   /
Author: 
Elaine M. Hinzey, RD, LDN
Nutrition411 Staff

While the average, healthy American gets adequate protein through their diet, there are some individuals who may benefit from a protein supplement to meet their needs. These include older adults with a poor appetite, pre and post-surgical patients, those with wounds, oncology patients, bariatric patients who have high protein needs relative to their caloric intake and food quantity, and athletes. 

Many different types of oral protein supplements are available to meet the needs of these individuals. When choosing a protein supplement, it is important to consider not only the amount of protein per serving, but also the overall calories, and the type of protein provided. Whey is a complete protein, providing all of the essential amino acids, and it is commonly used in most supplements. Whey concentrate protein generally contains additional carbohydrate from lactose, whereas whey isolate protein is relatively lactose-free.

Product

Size/Type

Calories

Fat (g)

Carbohydrate (g)

Protein (g)

Protein "shots"          
Hormel Health Labs Healthy Shot™ High Protein Beverage 2.5 fl oz 100 0 1 24
LiquaCel™ Liquid Protein 1 fl oz 90 0 9 16
New Whey Liquid Protein 3.8 fl oz 180 0 2 42
Proasis™ All Natural Protein Shot 2.9 fl oz 120 0 5 25
ProBalance The Original Protein Shot™ XL 3 fl oz 120 0 3 28
Proteinex-18 (predigested protein) 1 fl oz 72 0 0 18
Ready-to-drink protein beverages          
Bariatric Advantage® (powder; add water to the bottle) 8 fl oz when mixed 150 1.5 8 27
Bari Life® (powder; add water to the bottle) 8 fl oz when mixed 100 2 7 15
BariWise™ Instant Protein Drink (powder, add water to the bottle) 8 fl oz when mixed 70 0 2 15
Isopure Plus RTD 8 fl oz 60 0 0 15
Protein powders          
Bariatric Advantage Not listed 100 1 12 20
BariLife Natural Whey Protein 1 scoop + 6-8 oz liquid 110 0 1 24
ChocoRite Sugar-Free Protein Shake Mix 2 scoops + 12 oz liquid 150 3 8 24
Isopure® Zero Carb Protein Powder 1 scoop + 6 oz liquid 110 0 0 26
Syntrax® Nectar Protein 1 scoop + 
8 oz liquid
100 0 0 24
Unjury® Medical Quality Protein 1 scoop + liquid 100 0 4 21
Protein soups          
Bariatric Advantage KetogenX™ Vegetable Soup 2 scoops + hot water 110 2 3 20
Bariatric Choice® Protein Diet Soups 1 packet + 1 cup water 90 0-1 5-7 15
BariLife Soups 1 packet + 6-8 oz hot water Average 100 0-2 4-8 15
Unjury Chicken Soup Protein 1 scoop + hot water 100 0 2 21
Puddings/bars/other          
Bariatric Advantage KetogenX Snack Bars 1 bar 150 3 20 12
Bariatric Choice Protein Gelatin 1 pack + 4 oz water 70 0 4 15
BariLife Protein Bars 1 bar 180 6 18 14
BariLife Puddings 1 packet + 4 oz liquid 90 0 7 15
R-Kane Pro Cal 100 pudding 1 packet = 4 oz water 100 1.5 7 15
High protein meal replacement          
Boost® High Protein 8 oz 240 6 33 15
Carnation® Breakfast Essentials High Protein Ready to Drink 8 oz 220 6 28 15
Ensure® High Protein 8 oz 160 2 19 16
Wonderslim® On-the-go Meal Replacement Shakes (add water to the bottle) 8 fl oz when mixed 100 1.5 10 15

fl oz = fluid ounce, g = gram, oz = ounce