Which is the best Glucose Powder?

Glucose powder or dextrose powder is one of the most recommended energy restorer in case of dehydration, during and after workouts. Flavoured glucose powder is also catching the fancy of children and mothers also encourage as a source of rehydration after long playing hours. So, it becomes important to know what you are actually having in the form of glucose. We compared few popular brands like Glucon D and the latest on the block Patanjali to know which is the best glucose powder. Also read on to know which brands are safe for consumption and if they contain the recommended energy and mineral levels.

 

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. 

BRANDS TESTED

Proprietary Medicine

  1. Glucon-D
  2. Stenza
  3. Dabur
  4. Apollo
  5. Nice
  6. Multani
  7. ADPL

Ayurvedic Proprietary Medicine

  1. Patanjali

PARAMETERS STUDIED

  • Dextrose Monohydrate
  • Energy Value
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcium and Phosphorus.
  • Microbiological Safety 
  • Contamination by Heavy Metals

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