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Dextrose, good or bad?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Hello!

Sometimes I try to buy some bacon bits (to have them with scrambled eggs) without any other ingredients. But many bacon bit products contain dextrose, salt and spices.

I learned about fructose but know nothing about dextrose. I know that bacon bits with dextrose are hardly paleo, but is dextrose generally a good or a bad thing for health and nutrition?

cheers Marc

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on February 25, 2014
at 12:11 PM

Yes, most dextrose does come from corn, and unless it says organic, it's from GMO corn. However, high fructose corn syrup (and plain corm syrup) is different from dextrose, in that dextrose is only the glucose fraction without fructose.

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on February 25, 2014
at 05:45 AM

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on June 09, 2013
at 12:04 AM

Nope, corn syrup would be sucrose or a dextrose/fructose blend.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on June 08, 2013
at 08:39 PM

@greymouser Suddenly I understand everything!

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on June 08, 2013
at 03:11 PM

"grape sugar" is another one -- and it's why Grape Nuts are called Grape Nuts.

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on June 08, 2013
at 03:11 PM

I'd like to reiterate @AxialGentleman's point: dextrose is **literally** just a pseudonym for glucose -- it's not a more complex sugar, or anything like that.

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on June 08, 2013
at 02:00 PM

Just sugar, it's fine.

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on June 08, 2013
at 01:59 PM

Just the old name for glucose.

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72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on June 08, 2013
at 02:37 PM

Dextrose is another name for glucose. Glucose is the primary sugar your body produces or stores for energy. Excessively high blood glucose levels are damaging over long periods of time, but glucose itself is harmless. If the total amount of sugar listed in the nutritional information is low (maybe 2g or so per serving) then it's nothing to worry about unless you're on a very low-carb diet where every gram counts.

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on June 08, 2013
at 03:11 PM

I'd like to reiterate @AxialGentleman's point: dextrose is **literally** just a pseudonym for glucose -- it's not a more complex sugar, or anything like that.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

anything ending in -ose is a sugar. I believe that dextrose is simply glucose in drag.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 08, 2013
at 03:11 PM

"grape sugar" is another one -- and it's why Grape Nuts are called Grape Nuts.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on June 08, 2013
at 08:39 PM

@greymouser Suddenly I understand everything!

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on June 08, 2013
at 01:59 PM

Just the old name for glucose.

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on February 25, 2014
at 12:38 PM

Dextrose also known as glucose is an essential nutrient. Without dextrose, our cells would not have the energy they need to perform their functions. But excessive intake of dextrose can lead to serious health problems. High blood dextrose more commonly known as high blood glucose is associated with numerous medical conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

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on February 25, 2014
at 12:16 PM

I'd be more worried about what's hiding under "spices" if they're not listed than the tiny bit of dextrose in there. It's typically just used to cure the meat, or help it brown when you cook it.

And IMHO, bacon is paleo - just avoid commercial CAFO bacon that has all sorts of additives. Places like US Wellness Meats do sell pastured bacon, some that are smoked only and aren't even cured.

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on February 25, 2014
at 05:44 AM

I came here trying to find out if dextrose could be considered paleo, good article here that reviews fructose and glucose, looks like our friend the agave is pretty bad.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/08/the-4-best-and-3-worst-sweeteners-to-have-in-your-kitchen.aspx

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on February 25, 2014
at 05:45 AM

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43954a9a6a4d992dbd15afc7a1820dac

on February 25, 2014
at 05:43 AM

Good article on Artificial sweeteners and includes both Fructose and Glucose http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/08/the-4-best-and-3-worst-sweeteners-to-have-in-your-kitchen.aspx @Marc 12

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