View Full Version : Simple carbs the same as white sugar??
06-18-2009, 06:50 AM
I have a question regarding carbs after workout.
Simple carb, does that equal plain and simple white sugar?
i like drinking apple juice, which contains planty of sugar, white that is during my workout and was wondering if thatīs a good idea, please comment!
06-18-2009, 07:11 AM
simple carbs (in the workout sense)=glucose. whats in your apple juice is most likely sucrose (disaccharide: glucose+fructose) or even HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). fructose should be avoided, especially around a workout.
pure glucose can be found as either dextrose or maltodextrin. this should be what your consuming around a workout. from my experience powdered powerade is predominantly dextrose, so if you can't get ahold of the actual stuff, this would be a good substitute.
06-18-2009, 07:58 AM
Thanks for the reply!
dextrose, whatīs that exactly?
If my juice contains purely white sugar and some apple tasting substance, which i suspect, is it still a bad idea to use it?
iīd like to avoid powerade or gatorade since itīs expensive in iceland.
Whatīs so bad about fructose?
06-18-2009, 08:07 AM
Dextrose is basically just corn sugar, but it is entirely made up of a monosaccharide- glucose. The difference b/w glucose and fructose is that glucose is absorbed/digested much more quickly, causing an insulin spike which allows whatever you're drinking/taking with it to be shuttled, in this case to the muscles, more quickly and efficiently. This equals greater protein synthesis and creatine absorbtion (if taken with creatine+protein, like most do). Dextrose=glucose, which preferentially refills muscle glycogen, the type of glycogen which is what is depleted when you lift. Fructose, on the other hand, preferentially refills liver glycogen, which is useless when structured around a workout.
06-18-2009, 08:08 AM
You can usually find dextrose (corn sugar) at any home brew store, as it is the primary carb source for brewing beer.
06-18-2009, 08:19 AM
How does it taste?
06-18-2009, 08:19 AM
in other words, white sugar is benefitial during and after workout?
06-18-2009, 08:48 AM
White sugar is a mix of dextrose and fructose. It wouldn't be ideal for pre or post.
06-18-2009, 09:12 AM
I contacted a local breewing store and they have the stuff!
Does any one know how it tastes? or the ideal quantity and timing for consuption?
06-18-2009, 10:26 AM
Taste sweet like any sugar. Quanitiy and timing just depends on your diet plan. I don't use it because it doesn't fit into my diet plan. Most people take it pre/during/post workout.
06-18-2009, 01:34 PM
sugar flavored water doesnīt sound tasty....but iīl give it a shoot..
06-18-2009, 02:30 PM
You mix it in with other stuff. Add it to a protein shake.
06-18-2009, 02:48 PM
protein+carbs+creatine for the ideal workout drink, pre-, peri-, or post-
06-18-2009, 02:56 PM
how much are we talking about if youre planing on cutting?
06-18-2009, 02:59 PM
what are your maintenance cals?
06-18-2009, 03:23 PM
As much as your diet plan allows. If you don't have a diet plan then your missing a HUGE part of the puzzle and need to back off on supplements until you get diet/training down first.
06-18-2009, 03:25 PM
My maintenance is around 2800
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