Like many with gastroparesis, I rely on meal replacement drinks to supplement my nutrition and increase my protein intake, especially during flare-ups. But the chemicals, fake ingredients and high sugar content have always given me pause. How nourishing can it be if there aren’t any real ingredients in it?
So I was definitely intrigued when I came across Orgain, an organic meal replacement drink developed by Dr. Andrew Abraham, physician and cancer survivor.
After giving it a try, I’ll never go back to Boost! Here’s why:
- Orgain drinks are certified organic. There are no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or preservatives. It’s still not whole food but it’s better than the alternative.
- Each 11 ounce drink has 13 grams of sugar, which is about half the amount in an 8 ounce Boost or Ensure. Plus, it’s real sugar not corn syrup.
- It contains a blend of 5 organic fruits and 5 organic vegetables.
- It comes in two flavors: Sweet Vanilla Bean (made with real vanilla) and Creamy Chocolate Fudge (made with real cocoa powder). Both are pretty good.
- It’s not as sweet, thick or chemical-tasting as other meal replacement drinks.
- Orgain uses organic whey protein, which is often easier to digest than soy. (Note: whey comes from milk, so this isn’t for those who are lactose intolerant or have dairy sensitivities)
- It’s gluten-free.
- An 11 ounce serving provides well-balanced nutrition with 255 calories, 7 grams of fat, 16 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber. Plus antioxidants, Omega 3, and 24 vitamins and minerals.
The downside? Definitely the price. It’s about $3 per 11-ounce drink box compared to $7-$8 for a 6-pack of Boost. But for me, it’s worth a few extra bucks to provide my body with more wholesome, health-promoting nutrition.
UPDATE 1: You can now order Orgain on Amazon via their Subcribe & Save program for about $2.35 per carton.
UPDATE 2: I’ve been drinking Orgain for about a year and a half now and it’s still my favorite nutritional supplement/meal replacement drink on the market. I drink 1 to 1 1/2 per day between meals and it doesn’t contribute to fullness, regurgitation, or any other symptoms. Here’s how I do it: in a 20 ounce BPA-free reusable water bottle, I mix half a carton (about 5.5 ounces) of Orgain with about 10 ounces of water and then fill the bottle the rest of the way with ice. This ends up being about 3.5 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, and 1 gram of fiber per bottle. I carry it around and sip it all day, usually refilling once or twice.
UPDATE 3: Here’s a recent FAQ Friday video about choosing a nutritional supplement drink —
If you’re interested in a comparison, here are the nutrition facts and ingredient lables for Boost High Protein, Enlive! and Orgain: