What is a dextrose sugar

Dextrose

Product Category:starch based sugars
Energy:4 kcal / g
Packaging labeling:in the list of ingredients: dextrose
in the nutritional table: included in sugar under carbohydrates

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Dextrose is a plant-based ingredient in food. It is made mainly from corn and wheat; it is a simple sugar (glucose) and belongs to the group of carbohydrates.

Dextrose is one of the fastest available energy sources, so the human organism can absorb it quickly when there is an immediate need for energy.

Dextrose is available in liquid form and, after drying and crystallization, as a powder. It has an energy content of 4 kilocalories per gram.

Dextrose is produced by enzymatic hydrolysis, a process in which starch molecules are broken down into individual glucose components when water is added. This reaction is similar to the digestive mechanism in the human organism after consuming starchy foods (e.g. pasta or potatoes). Essentially, enzymes break down the starch molecules; H. the long chains of bound glucose molecules into individual glucose or dextrose molecules.

Where and for what is dextrose used?

Dextrose has a high glycemic index, i. H. Dextrose immediately causes the blood sugar level to rise sharply. Therefore, it supplies the organism with energy very quickly.

Dextrose is less sweet than table sugar (sucrose). Dextrose is mainly used in food because of its low sweetness and energy content, e.g. B. in baked goods and desserts. In addition, it is used as a natural preservative to increase the shelf life of products such as B. fruit jams to extend.

On food packaging, dextrose is listed as "dextrose" in the list of ingredients.

Dextrose is also used in the medical field, in intravenous solutions or in gels and tablets that are over-the-counter in pharmacies. For example, diabetes patients with hypoglycaemia can use dextrose tablets or gels to increase their blood sugar levels quickly.