Glu­cose Pow­der Mostly glu­cose, with some cal­cium and vi­ta­min D

Consumer Voice - - The Surveillance Series -

This white crys­talline pow­der is read­ily ab­sorbed in the blood­stream and hence it is a good source of en­ergy. This also hap­pens to be the unique propo­si­tion of­fered by glu­cose pow­der. 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 – this means there are no spec­i­fi­ca­tions for th­ese in the food reg­u­la­tions. So, what does one look for? You may know by now that the use-by date is im­por­tant and that adul­ter­ation is not ac­cept­able. A good prod­uct will also be de­void of lumps or any dis­coloura­tion. What else?

The ma­jor in­gre­di­ent in glu­cose pow­der is dex­trose mono­hy­drate. In­ter­est­ingly, all of the seven brands we tested claim to have 99.4 per cent of glu­cose. We also tested brands’ claims with re­gard to cal­cium and vi­ta­min D. While the vari­a­tions among the brands in glu­cose con­tent are mar­ginal, for cal­cium and vi­ta­min D the vari­a­tions are rel­a­tively wide. As con­sumers, we may want to keep th­ese as­pects in mind while choos­ing a par­tic­u­lar brand. 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).

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