Frequently Asked Questions
What is Dextrose?
Dextrose belongs to the carbohydrates group. Along with fats and proteins, these nutrients are important to humans. Dextrose is the most important “simple sugar” and is generally called “grape sugar” or in medicinal terms “glucose”. The different names all refer to the same molecule. Dextrose is a naturally-occurring sugar found in sweet fruits and honey, for example. However, dextrose is also obtained from starch, for example maize starch, which is broken down into its individual building blocks (dextrose / glucose) by enzymes.
The dextrose we eat does not need to go through any digestive process. Dextrose directly enters into the bloodstream, making it one of the fastest-acting carbohydrates. It is identical to the body’s own blood sugar and is transported via the blood directly to all organs and cells of the body, including the brain.
What is the best way to use Dextro Energy?
If there are just not enough carbohydrates and the blood sugar level drops noticeably, it is advisable to supply the body with carbohydrate immediately. If they are needed quickly, then supply them directly as dextrose / glucose. It is important to ensure that a large portion is not consumed in one go, but rather small amounts in short intervals. Half a tablet (Dextro Energy cubes) every 15 to 20 minutes is ideal. This recommended intake helps raise the blood sugar to normal levels; Furthermore, it prevents a further drop in blood sugar levels.
Are the dextrose products from Dextro Energy suitable for vegetarian or vegan diets and GM-free?
Dextro Energy’s tablets are made from plant-based ingredients and can be used in a vegetarian or vegan diet. When selecting our raw materials, we make sure that they are free of genetic engineering.*
* not subject to labelling according to EC Regulation 1829/2003 and 1830/2003
Why is the packaging for the Cube Tablets so elaborate?
Each tablet in our Dextro Energy cube is wrapped individually in foil to ensure optimum product protection during transport and sales. This also protects other tablets in the cube until they are consumed, after the pack is opened and a tablet is removed. The red tear thread makes it possible to quickly and easily open each single tablet.
What is the best way to store each dextrose tablet?
The small handy boxes are the best for storage.
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How can I tell if the Dextro Energy products contain allergens (such as gluten, lactose) that I need to avoid due to intolerance (such as fructose) or an allergy?
If allergens are included as an ingredient in the product, they are highlighted in the ingredient list in “bold type”. We can guarantee that Dextro Energy tablets, Dextropur and Dextropur Plus are allergen free.
The Dextro Energy cubes, sticks, minis and powders are suitable for a gluten-free diet. These products are listed in the German Coeliac Society’s catalogue.
How much dextrose is there to a carbohydrate unit (CU)?
Basically: 1 carbohydrate unit (CU) corresponds to 10g carbohydrates
1 CU corresponds to about 2 cubes of tablets
1 tablet = approx. 0.5 CU (5.2g carbohydrate)
1 CU corresponds to approx.3 stick tablets
1 tablet = approx. 0.3 CU (3g carbohydrate)
1 CU corresponds to approx. 8 mini tablets
1 tablet = approx. 0.1 CU (1.3g carbohydrate)
What alternative is there to the dextrose tablets for hypoglycaemia?
Those who prefer liquid sugar as an alternative to the dextrose tablets can opt for the Dextro Energy Dextrose Drink. It is easy and quick to open and, thanks to its liquid consistency, is particularly easy to swallow and is available in the apple flavour. It is available from pharmacies.
How can I properly prepare myself so that I get my sport nutrition right when taking part in competitions?
The recommendation is to try sports nutrition during training. This is because it is important to train your food and drink consumption under physical stress and to find your own drinking rhythm. This facilitates the carbohydrate and fluid intake and thus provides safety and sets up a routine for the competition.
What should I consider shortly before a competition?
Before the sports event, it is important to fill up your carbohydrate store, hydrate properly, and take in minerals. To do this, drink 150-300 ml of fluid about 20 minutes before starting, for example. If you want to settle your stomach or fill up your carbohydrate store, you can have a carbohydrate-rich snack such as a carbohydrate bar (an Energy Bar for instance) just before you start. This way the carbohydrate store remains full for longer.
How much should I drink during a competition?
Depending on the duration and intensity of the training or competition, fluids and minerals must be replenished to ensure performance.
The recommendations for hydration are to take up to 0.75 litres per hour, depending on perspiration and, of course, environmental conditions. No more than a maximum of 0.8 – 1 litre of liquid should be drunk, as the body can hardly absorb more liquid and this would also put too much strain on the stomach.
What should I consider after a competition?
For optimal recovery and to support the effectiveness of training, it is important to replenish the carbohydrate store within 60 minutes after exercising in order to rebalance fluid and mineral loss, and to counteract possible muscle breakdown by ingesting protein (e.g. by taking Recovery Drink).
Is sports nutrition suitable for children?
It is recommended that a paediatrician be consulted for questions about its suitability for children.