Energy & Sports Nutrition

Isomaltulose Helps Manage Your Energy & Fuel Resource

Food and drinks fuel an active life with the energy and nutrients needed. Managing the body’s energy levels and fuel resources plays a role in many ways: For a healthy and active lifestyle, to perform well during busy workdays and stay fit with recreational sports, or to compete and perform in amateur or professional sports.

Isomaltulose offers enhanced energy supply and fuel management, as well as higher fat burning in energy metabolism. Its steady and sustained energy supply supports a healthy lifestyle and allows for more balanced energy levels. Athletes and sports people can fuel their training and activity with isomaltulose, without jeopardizing their fat-burning efforts, and support endurance.

A series of sport studies also link isomaltulose to improved blood glucose control, which offers a benefit for those with diabetes who wish to engage in sports while ensuring stabilized blood glucose levels.

Health Conscious Eaters

A healthy diet and physical activity go hand in hand, keeping the body fit and active. Along with increasing energy expenditure, exercise helps improve fat metabolism and supports overall fitness and health. An active lifestyle needs carbohydrate as prime fuel, while slow release carbohydrates show clear advantages.

The steady and sustained energy supply from isomaltulose has more gentle effects on the energy metabolism and allows for higher fat burning rates. Keeping blood sugar levels in balance and steering the metabolism towards fat burning with isomaltulose has implications for metabolic health, body weight and body fat.

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Busy Professionals & Regular Actives

For individuals who are always on-the-go, it can be trickier to maintain a stable food regimen. Since irregular snacking instead can lead to sporadic spikes and decreases in blood sugar, it can be a challenge to keep energy levels up and stable throughout the day.

Isomaltulose provides more balanced and sustained energy, and can be particularly helpful in stabilizing blood sugar spikes and maintaining energy levels during the work day for optimal performance. Along with fuelling cognitive performance, sustained energy levels can lead to increased memory and mood.

Isomaltulose also offers a carb option for gym-goers who want to consume a sports drink but also don’t want to sabotage fat-burning efforts, or for active people who just aim for sustained energy carb fuel.

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Sports People & Athletes

To help achieve peak endurance performance, athletes train and prepare for the body’s efficient use of fuel resources and prolonged carbohydrate availability. They can benefit from a steady and sustained supply of energy and fuel. It can be particularly helpful for them to consume carbohydrates that fuel effectively, while using the body’s fat fuel along the way.

When taken before or during sports, isomaltulose supports ongoing energy supply and fuel management. It allows for a higher fat-burning rate, a benefit known to athletes for its potential to spare the body’s own carb resources for endurance. Along with competing events, athletes also use isomaltulose during endurance training to increase the body’s fat oxidation capacity, and during carb loading or for recovery as a bedtime drink.

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Diabetes & Sports

As it is important for diabetics to maintain stable blood sugar levels, these individuals are particularly careful about their sport activity. Often times, diabetics are hesitant to engage in sports and other physical activities due to a fear of losing control over their blood sugar.

Research from the UK helps to overcome these barriers and demonstrates how diabetics can engage in sports more freely. Related sport studies find that isomaltulose can help stabilize blood sugar levels, making it a more suitable option for individuals with dietary restrictions.

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Slow & sustained energy supply – a unique property of isomaltulose

Slow release carbohydrates are of interest as a preferred source of carbohydrate energy in human nutrition. Their steady glucose release, yet full contribution of energy from carbohydrate, has several benefits: They allow for a sustained energy supply, with less effect on blood sugar levels, and create an improved metabolic profile with higher rates of fat burning. As a means to lower glycaemia, slow release carbohydrates can contribute to a healthy diet and support efforts in the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, CVD and obesity. And they support energy management and the use of fuel resources for prolonged physical or cognitive performance.

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Fuel management and fat burning

The human body is capable of fuel partitioning: Fat is utilized alongside carbohydrate sources in energy metabolism. The contribution of fat use versus carbohydrate use varies depending on the level of physical activity and with fuel availability and food consumption.

Carbohydrates supply the body with glucose. As the body’s prime fuel, it represents the faster and more efficient source of energy. For this reason it permanently fuels the energy metabolism to a large extent, and its contribution in fuel partitioning becomes predominant with physical activity, in particular at high intensity levels. However, the body’s own glucose resources in the form of glycogen are limited, and their depletion determines endurance. Using fat fuel alongside and increasing its contribution in energy metabolism is known as a means to spare limited carb sources.

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Isotonic drinks

Many sports drinks are marketed as being “isotonic”. It means that they have approximately the same osmolality as body fluid, which is between about 280 and 300 mOsm/kg. The osmolality describes to the number of particles in a solvent unit, and is of interest because it determines the effectiveness of a sport drink at delivering water for rehydration.

The physiological relevance for water uptake is illustrated in the Figure: In general, water tends to move from areas of lower osmolality to areas of higher osmolality until an equilibrium is reached. Isotonic solutions have essentially no osmotic effect on the body fluid balance, while this is different for hypotonic and hypertonic solutions. Hypotonic solutions provide excess water, as the tonicity of the solution is less than that of body fluids. Hence, water from a hypotonic solution will be absorbed quickly. Hypertonic solutions have a greater tonicity than that of body fluids and thus draw water from the surrounding into the lumen, with some adverse effects like the loss of water and electrolytes.

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