Glucose Powder: How equal is to the energy expected?
Glucose is a white crystalline powder which is readily absorbed in the bloodstream and hence it is a good source of energy. It helps to replenish the energy stores, especially during and just after workout. There are several brands of glucose powder in the market and one may note that most of these are proprietary food, which means there are no specifications for these in the food regulations.
It’s important to know that a major ingredient in glucose powder is dextrose monohydrate. The words ‘glucose’ and ‘dextrose’ are used interchangeably. The full name is dextrose monohydrate and it is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) generated from starch, most commonly of corn (maize). Foods naturally high in glucose include honey, agave, molasses, dried fruit, fresh fruits and fruit juices. Foods that typically have a lot of added glucose include sauces, salad dressings, energy bars, cereals, cakes and pies, and sugary drinks. Foods with a lot of added sugar and glucose should be avoided.
We tested eight brands of glucose powder including Patanjali’s Glucoshakti, which claims to be herbal. Interestingly, all of these brands, save Patanjali, claim to have 99.4 percent of glucose. Read on to find out if the test results bore out their claims.
Ayurvedic Proprietary Medicine
- Dextrose Monohydrate
- Energy Value
- Vitamin D
- Calcium and Phosphorus.
- Microbiological Safety
- Contamination by Heavy Metals