Dextrose as Added Sugar

Does dextrose count as “added sugar” if used as a post-workout supplement? What is the difference? And, is this a good idea if trying to eliminate added sugars from my diet?

Yes, dextrose would count as “added sugar” if used as a post-workout supplement. “Added sugars” refer to sugars and syrups added to foods or beverages during processing or preparation, as well as sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, and fruit juice concentrates.

Dextrose is a simple sugar derived from corn and is often used in sports drinks and supplements because it is quickly absorbed by the body and can help replenish glycogen stores after exercise. While it can provide a quick source of energy, consuming too much dextrose or other added sugars can lead to health problems such as weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

If you are trying to eliminate added sugars from your diet, it is generally best to avoid supplements that contain dextrose or other added sugars. Instead, you can try to replenish your glycogen stores through a balanced diet that includes complex carbohydrates like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. You can also consider natural sources of post-workout carbohydrates like a piece of fruit or a small serving of whole grain toast with nut butter.

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