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Got a question? This is the place to find out everything you need to know about our products and services.

Q: Are Abbott oral nutritional supplements, tube feeds and powders suitable for people with diabetes?

A: Yes.


Abbott feeds are suitable for people with diabetes.


It is recommended that oral nutritional supplements should be consumed slowly (over at least a 20-25 minute period) and be evenly spaced throughout the day.


Abbott feeds should be used under medical supervision and advice should always be sought from a dietitian or doctor on which oral nutritional supplement or tube feed is most suitable to meet individual requirements.


Abbott recommends that blood glucose levels are routinely monitored.


Q: Is Glucerna available in the UK?

A: No.


However, Abbott feeds are suitable for people with diabetes.


Abbott feeds should be used under medical supervision and advice should always be sought from a dietitian or doctor on which oral nutritional supplement or tube feed is most suitable to meet individual requirements.


It is recommended that oral nutritional supplements should be consumed slowly (over at least a 20-25 minute period) and be evenly spaced throughout the day.


Abbott recommends that blood glucose levels are routinely monitored.


Q: Are Abbott oral nutritional supplements, tube feeds and powders free from genetically modified ingredients?

A: Yes.


All Abbott products sold in the UK are free from any ingredients which are either derived from a genetically modified crop, or produced by a genetically modified organism.


Q: Are Abbott oral nutritional supplements, tube feeds and powders suitable for a Halal diet?

A: Yes, the majority of Abbott feeds are suitable for Halal diets. The feeds that are suitable for a Halal diet are:


Oral nutritional supplements for adults and older children

Ensure Plus Advance (banana, coffee, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla flavours)

Ensure Compact (banana, strawberry, vanilla flavours)

Ensure Plus milkshake style (banana, chocolate, coffee, fruits of the forest orange, strawberry, peach, raspberry, neutral flavours)

Ensure Plus yoghurt style (orchard peach, strawberry swirl flavours)

Ensure Plus juce (strawberry, fruit punch, peach, orange, apple flavours)

Ensure Plus Fibre (banana, chocolate, strawberry flavours)

Ensure Plus Savoury (chicken flavour)

Ensure TwoCal (banana, vanilla, neutral, strawberry flavours)

Ensure Shake (banana, strawberry, vanilla flavours)

Enshake (banana, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla flavours)

Ensure (chocolate, coffee, vanilla flavours)


Tube feeds for adults and older children

Jevity Promote (1000 ml)

Jevity (500 ml, 1000 ml, 1500 ml)

Jevity Plus (500 ml, 1000 ml, 1500 ml)

Jevity Plus HP (500 ml)

Jevity 1.5kcal (500 ml, 1000 ml, 1500 ml)

Osmolite (500 ml, 1000 ml, 1500 ml)

Osmolite Plus (500 ml, 1000 ml, 1500 ml)

Osmolite 1.5kcal (500 ml, 1000ml, 1500 ml)

TwoCal (1000 ml)


Oral nutritional supplements for younger children (8-30kg)

PaediaSure (banana, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla flavours)

PaediaSure Fibre (banana, strawberry, vanilla flavours)

PaediaSure Plus (unflavoured, banana, strawberry, vanilla flavours)

PaediaSure Plus juce (apple, very berry flavours)

PaediaSure Plus Fibre (banana, strawberry, vanilla flavours)

PaediaSure Peptide (vanilla flavour)


Tube feeds for children (8-30kg)

PaediaSure Peptide (500 ml)

PaediaSure (500 ml)

PaediaSure Fibre (500 ml)

PaediaSure Plus (500 ml)

PaediaSure Plus Fibre (500 ml)


Specialist infant formulas from birth to 8kg

Similac High Energy (60 ml, 200 ml)


Peptide-based feeds

Perative (500 ml, 1000 ml)

Vital 1.5kcal (1000 ml, 200 ml vanilla, café latte, mixed berry flavours )


Specialist feeds

Nepro HP (500 ml vanilla flavour, 220 ml strawberry, vanilla flavours)

Oxepa (500 ml)

ProSure (240 ml vanilla flavour)

Pulmocare (500 ml)


Q: Are Abbott oral nutritional supplements, tube feeds and powders suitable for a Kosher diet?

A: Yes, the majority of Abbott feeds are suitable for Kosher diets. The feeds that are suitable for a Kosher diet are:


Oral nutritional supplements for adults and older children

Ensure Plus Advance (banana, chocolate, vanilla, coffee flavours)

Ensure Compact (banana, vanilla flavours)

Ensure Plus milkshake style (chocolate, coffee, banana, vanilla, neutral flavours)

Ensure Plus juce (fruit punch, apple, lemon and lime, orange, peach flavours)

Ensure Plus Fibre (banana, chocolate, vanilla flavours)

Ensure TwoCal (banana, vanilla, neutral flavours)

Ensure Shake (banana, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla flavours)

Enshake (banana, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry flavours)

Ensure (chocolate, coffee, vanilla flavours)


Tube feeds for adults and older children

Jevity Promote (1000 ml)

Jevity (500 ml, 1000 ml, 1500 ml)

Jevity Plus (500 ml, 1000 ml, 1500 ml)

Jevity Plus HP (500 ml)

Jevity 1.5kcal (500 ml, 1000 ml, 1500 ml)

Osmolite (500 ml, 1000 ml, 1500 ml)

Osmolite Plus (500 ml, 1000 ml, 1500 ml)

Osmolite 1.5kcal (500 ml, 1000 ml, 1500 ml)

Osmolite HP (500 ml)

TwoCal (1000 ml)


Oral nutritional supplements for younger children (8-30kg)

PaediaSure (vanilla, banana, chocolate, strawberry flavours)

PaediaSure Fibre (vanilla, banana, strawberry flavours)

PaediaSure Plus (vanilla, banana, strawberry, neutral flavours)

PaediaSure Plus Fibre (vanilla, strawberry, banana flavours)

PaediaSure Plus juce (very berry, apple flavours)


Tube feeds for younger children (8-30kg)

PaediaSure (500 ml)

PaediaSure Fibre (500 ml)

PaediaSure Plus (500 ml)

PaediaSure Plus Fibre (500 ml)


High energy infant formula from birth to 8kg

Similac High Energy (60ml, 200 ml)


Peptide-based feeds

Perative (500 ml, 1000 ml)

Vital 1.5kcal (1000 ml, 200 ml vanilla, café latte flavours)

PaediaSure Peptide (500 ml tube feed and 200 ml bottles – vanilla, café latte flavours)


Specialist feeds

Nepro HP (500 ml tube feed and 220 ml bottles – vanilla flavour)

Pulmocare (500 ml)


Q: Are Abbott oral nutritional supplements, tube feeds and powders clinically lactose free?

A: With the exception of Similac High Energy, Ensure Compact, Ensure Plus Advance, Ensure Shake and Enshake (reconstituted) all Abbott feeds are clinically lactose free. Special note regarding lactose


In the absence of a legal definition or tolerance for making the claim “lactose free” in the UK for products other than infant formula, Abbott regards products containing less than 2000 mg lactose per litre (as fed) as being “clinically lactose free”. Therefore, Abbott feeds are not considered completely lactose free and hence are not suitable for patients with galactosaemia.


If you have any further queries about lactose content, please contact the Medical Nutrition Team by email via the Freephone Helpline (0800 252882), or in writing.


Q: Are Abbott oral nutritional supplements, tube feeds and powders milk protein free?

A : No, all Abbott feeds contain milk protein except for Multi-thick. However, the protein in Similac Alimentum is extensively hydrolysed. Hydrolysing or breaking down milk proteins into small pieces (peptides) reduces the likelihood of the immune system recognising the protein and in turn the likelihood of an allergic reaction.


Q. Are Abbott oral nutritional supplements, tube feeds and powders free from nuts and nut oils?

A: Yes.


Please note that this does not include coconut or coconut oils. If you have any further queries regarding coconut content, please contact the Medical Nutrition Team by email, via the Freephone Helpline (0800 252882), or in writing.


Q: Can Abbott oral nutritional supplements be thickened?

A: Yes.


Abbott oral nutritional supplements can be thickened with a food and fluid thickener.


Healthcare professionals should always advise on the correct amount of food and fluid thickener to use to reach the desired consistency.


Q. Are Abbott oral nutritional supplements, tube feeds and powders suitable for vegans?

A: No. All Abbott feeds, with the exception of Multi-thick, contain milk protein and are not suitable for people following a vegan diet.


Q : Are Abbott oral nutritional supplements, tube feeds and powders suitable for vegetarians?

A. All Abbott feeds are suitable for vegetarians with the exception of the following products:


  • ProSure and Oxepa, which contain fish oil
  • Similac Alimentum, as the protein has been broken down (hydrolysed) using enzymes from animal sources
  • Oral nutritional supplements containing E120. E120 is a food colouring called cochineal, which is used in a variety of food and drinks. The following products contain E120:
  • Ensure Compact - strawberry flavour
  • Ensure Plus Advance – strawberry flavour
  • Ensure Plus milkshake style - strawberry, fruits of the forest, raspberry, orange, peach flavours
  • Ensure Plus Yoghurt style - strawberry swirl, orchard peach flavours
  • Ensure Plus fibre - strawberry, raspberry flavours
  • Ensure Plus juce - strawberry flavour
  • Ensure TwoCal - strawberry flavour
  • Nepro HP - strawberry flavour


Neither Enshake, Ensure Shake nor the PaediaSure range contain E120.


If you have any further queries regarding the vegetarian status of Abbott feeds, please contact the Medical Nutrition Team by email, via the Freephone Nutrition Helpline (0800 252882), or in writing


Q: Who are the Medical Nutrition team?

A. Our friendly and knowledgeable Medical Nutrition team is here to provide advice and support relating to products and services available in the UK from Abbott’s nutrition business.


On contacting us you will have access to a team of Registered Dietitians who can provide advice and support to healthcare professionals, patients, carers and parents regarding products.


To read more about our team or for contact details please visit the Medical Nutrition team page.