Glucerna Hunger Smart Snack Bars and Shakes


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Whether you want to lose weight or simply eat healthier, enjoying a couple of snacks each day is a smart habit for many people. Eating a planned snack between meals can help curb your hunger and prevent overeating at mealtime while also increasing energy levels when you need a boost. Snacks also offer an additional benefit for people with diabetes by helping to optimize blood glucose control. Snack bars and drinks have become popular because they offer portable, convenient, pre-packaged options especially when people are living on the go. Now people with diabetes have a delicious way to stick to their weight loss plan AND enjoy snack options without worrying about throwing off their blood glucose levels.

New Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes and Snack Bars are specially formulated for people with diabetes. Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes have 66 percent less sugar and carbs than other leading shakes and 50 percent more protein to help manage hunger. They contain CARB STEADY®, which includes slowly digestible carbohydrates to help minimize blood sugar spikes. They also contain fiber, antioxidant vitamins C, E and A as well as over 20 other vitamins and minerals.

Are you skipping breakfast because you are in a hurry? Selecting a Glucerna Hunger Smart Shake might be an on-the-go option to try since eating breakfast is a key strategy for weight management. Do you find yourself hitting the vending machines at 3:00 pm? Having a Glucerna Hunger Smart Bar or Snack Shake on hand as a healthier alternative to an unhealthy vending machine snack might be a winning strategy. In their Evidence Analysis Library, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) states that "Substituting one or two daily meals or snacks with meal replacements is a successful weight loss and weight maintenance strategy." Not all energy bars or weight-loss shakes will meet the needs of people with diabetes, so selecting products designed specifically for diabetics can be an important key to success. It is always best to seek advice from your physician or consult with a registered dietitian when making the
decision to include any supplement in your healthy eating plan.

Glucerna Hunger Smart Snack Bars Nutrition Information
These specially formulated bars are kosher and can be used as a partial meal (add fruit/vegetables and a serving of dairy to round out your meal) or a snack as part of a healthy weight loss plan for people with diabetes.

Chocolate Chip Crisp
Calories – 140
Fat – 4.5 grams
Sodium – 180 mg
Potassium – 70 mg
Carbohydrate – 20 grams (including 8 grams of sugar alcohols and 5 grams of sugar)
Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 10 grams

Chocolate Peanut Crisp
Calories – 150
Fat – 5 grams
Sodium – 200 mg
Potassium – 70 mg
Carbohydrate – 20 grams (including 7 grams sugar alcohol and 4 grams of sugar)
Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 10 grams

Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes Nutrition Information
These specially formulated drinks contain chromium picolinate, which has been found to help the body's insulin work better, as well as phytosterols, which have been shown to lower cholesterol in people with diabetes. Hunger Smart Shakes are also gluten free, kosher, and Halal, and are suitable for those with lactose intolerance.

Rich Chocolate (11.5 fl oz/340 mL)

Calories – 180
Fat – 8 grams
Sodium – 300 mg
Potassium – 580 mg
Carbohydrate – 16 grams (including 1 gram of Glycerine a low-glycemic carb that functions as a sweetener and 6 grams of sugar)
Protein – 15 grams

Homemade Vanilla (11.5 fl oz/340 mL)

Calories – 180
Fat – 8 grams
Sodium – 300 mg
Potassium – 310 mg
Carbohydrate – 14 grams (including 1 gram of Glycerine a low-glycemic carb that functions as a sweetener and 6 grams of sugar)
Protein – 15 grams

Fitting Into a Healthy Eating Plan
Many people with diabetes are encouraged to maintain a carbohydrate intake between 30 to 45 grams (2 to 3 servings) per meal for women and 45 to 60 grams (3-4 servings) per meal for men. Both women and men should limit snacks to 15 to 30 grams (1 to 2 servings) of carbohydrates. Hunger Smart products can easily fit within these recommendations when a personally prescribed meal plan is followed for meals and snacks. The number of snacks a person with diabetes should eat during the day depends largely on eating preferences, weight-management goals, and the timing of your major meals. The best way to make sure your diabetes meal plan meets your individual needs is to work with a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator. These health professionals assess individual nutritional needs and develop a specific plan to meet physical needs, work schedules and activities, medications, health goals, tastes and lifestyle. They can also help you find the best way to incorporate Hunger Smart shakes and snack bars into your personal plan. Since soy isoflavones might not be right for all medical conditions, be sure to discuss consumption recommendations with your health care team as well. The entire line of Glucerna products can be purchased nationwide at pharmacies, grocery stores, and major discount stores.

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    I have used Glucerna products although I am not diabetic. They help me a lot because they keep blood sugar even. Of course, I am a person who knew I was overdoing sugars and carbs. I reccomend the stuff. - 1/5/2012   9:02:54 AM
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    While I am not a diabetic, on occasion, my body realizes and acknowledges the drop in my blood sugar and I will search for a sweet treat as a snack. When my Mom was here with us,(she is deceased now) she was a diabetic and she used glucerna as part of her nutrition plan. I like the vitamin & mineral content of them which is better than cake frosting or a twinkie.My concern is that they are a diabetic product and not for the average undiagnoised diabetic person, hence my reluctancy in purchasing for myself. - 12/26/2011   11:43:19 AM
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    Bought some of the bars last week: DD tried one last night, says they are very good. A bit pricey though, $5.49 for a 4-count package. I had a $3 cash register coupon for one package and a $2 one for another flavor. I plan on taking them with me hiking in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this summer.. Miles into the forest, they come in handy! - 12/25/2011   6:44:25 AM
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    Ill have to look for these ..they look good . Thank you!
    - 11/29/2011   12:45:56 PM
    I have tried and liked the Glucerna replacement meals that are in shake form. These would be good for me since I like to snack.The only thing is that where I live these are not available. - 11/29/2011   10:13:22 AM
    I think I will try them and I am not diabetic. - 11/23/2011   5:17:04 AM
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    yummy, yummy good! - 11/22/2011   3:14:36 AM
  • ROSEBUD1954
    I eat one every night before bed and it has helped lower not only my A1C but my morning BG and a plus they taste great!! - 11/16/2011   3:12:33 PM
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    I love these bars. I have them with me all the time as a back-up in case I find myself suddenly very hungry, and I also eat them for a snack sometimes.I get them at Wal-mart, not by the nutrition bars but by the diabetic supplies. They are the only bars around that I can find that are only 150 calories and they taste really good. - 11/6/2011   10:04:18 AM
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    Seems like a neat idea but not one for me! - 10/16/2011   10:56:40 PM
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    Used Glucerna yes ago, shortly after it went on the market. It was excellent than, hope it is still the same. Only thing now is the cost. Have tried to get a coupon when advertised but, I am told I have one. Well, if I do--how come there is no Glucerna in the frig. or a bar in the pantry ? - 10/15/2011   9:39:38 PM
    thanks - 10/12/2011   2:01:02 PM
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    Too bad the coupon is ONLY good for the "states" Thanks a bunch. - 10/11/2011   9:17:02 PM
    Nice advert - 10/11/2011   5:54:56 PM
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    Happy to clarify, GMAGEE. The Glucerna products are for people with diabetes to use as part of a diabetes meal plan under medical supervision. The Glucerna shakes and bars offer several nutritional benefits in convenient, portioned-controlled serving sizes. 4THELOVEOFDOLLS, be sure to check the pharmacy area of the stores near you. And try using our store locator to search by zip code on the web site. VETTRANGER, Glucerna Hunger Smart is scientifically designed to help people with diabetes manage blood glucose response and control hunger. Depending on your calorie and nutrition needs, Glucerna Hunger Smart can be used as part of a meal plan to replace calories, such as a meal, part of a meal, or snack. Glucerna products should be used under medical supervision as part of a diabetes management plan. HUNGRYWOMAN2, Glucerna Hunger Smart is scientifically designed to help minimize blood sugar spikes. Glucerna products provide energy from carbohydrates, protein and fat and will impact blood sugar level. This is why the carbohydrates in Glucerna were chosen for their low glycemic index and slowly digesting properties which help minimize glucose spikes. Feel free to give our experts a call so we can explain how this should work for you, 1-800-227-5767 Monday-Friday, 8:30 to 5 pm EST and mention your user name and SparkPeople. ~ Brooke @Glucerna - 10/11/2011   2:52:19 PM
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    As a South Beach convert, I'd give them a try. Limiting carbs and sugars has helped me tremendously in controlling my appetite. I rarely get cravings any more since adopting the South Beach diet. - 10/11/2011   1:12:50 PM
    ...and to think I could've had a Reese's peanut butter cup... - 10/11/2011   7:52:09 AM
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    I seen a few comments on calories and carbs but from someone who burns about 2300 calories a day. I need the calories and carbs. 150 calories doesn't sound like too many to me. - 10/10/2011   9:44:08 PM
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    Pretty high in calories for what you get. I'd avoid these. - 10/10/2011   8:47:18 PM
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    As an individual with sugar issues, I occasionally use the supplement snacks or meals. However, I have found that even though foods designed for diabetics and sugar free products will often contain alcohol sugar. My body reacts to this by a raise in my sugar levels. Therefore, for me it is one more ingredient I need to watch. - 10/10/2011   4:55:12 PM
    Although this article seemed to be directed towards diabetics, reducing simple carb intake and controlling spikes in blood sugar would certainly benefit ALL OF US! - 10/10/2011   2:24:57 PM
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    Hi - I've seen Glucerna at grocery stores and drug stores, ie Jewel/Osco, Walgreens, Walmart - another product you may want to try is the Zone bars or Ensure - just google it for all the info - 10/10/2011   2:13:19 PM
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    I would like to try them but am having trouble finding them. - 10/10/2011   12:51:14 PM
    These products are specifically for diabetics, right? But I guess anyone can use them too...? This was a little confusing. - 10/10/2011   10:18:23 AM

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