Dextrose, a simple sugar, or is it?

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When you are reading labels, if you are doing your best to avoid HFCS, you might see other labels in their place. Dextrose is a common sugar that often pops up, and even though its definition is “dextrorotary glucose”, meaning “Sugar rotated to the right” there is more to it than what it shows. Dextrose is another altered corn sugar that should be avoided along with HFCS, and is another stop along the Maize Maze when it comes to sweeteners. According to, dextrose is known to cause fluid imbalance, which often leads to edema, or as you have heard it called “swelling of the legs”. It is a symptom common among older people, but with more and more dextrose consumption being taken in by young people and children, edema is no longer an old person’s symptom.
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Fluid Overloading

According to, injecting dextrose intravenously “can cause fluid and/or solute overloading resulting in dilution of serum electrolyte concentrations, overhydration, congested states or pulmonary edema.” Pulmonary edema is a condition in which the air sacs within the lungs fill up with fluid, causing symptoms such as difficulty breathing, coughing, sweating, pale skin and anxiety
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and certainly dextrose can lead to weight gain, as does HFCS.
Weight Gain

Because dextrose is a simple carbohydrate, very much like granulated sugar, taking dextrose in excess via any type of fitness powder supplement can lead to weight gain. Dextrose taken in excess can be viewed as empty calories that will be stored as fat if the body has no immediate use for it. This is the same principle as consuming too many high-carbohydrate foods, such as sugary foods and drinks. This leads to fast weight gain. After long periods of exercise–typically 60 minutes or more moderate-to-high intensity exercise–it’s a good idea to supplement some form of sugar/water mixture, such as energy drinks, dextrose supplement or just a teaspoon of sugar added to a glass of water. This helps replenish electrolytes in the body and keep blood sugar levels maintained. Over-consumption of these types of supplements however, can spike blood sugar levels and lead to increased storage of fat cells in the body.
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