Sugar Alcohol and Myoplex Carb Control Bars
Those of you on low-carb diets are looking for great ways to get high-protein, low carbohydrate snacks in. We have a few options on this site, such as Myoplex Carb Control Bars, Myoplex Carb Control Ready-to-Drink, and Myoplex Carb Sense powder. One question that often comes up is, What’s going on with the sugar alcohols in Myoplex Carb Control Bars? We uncover the truth here.
Sugar Alcohol Background
Sugar alcohols are often used as sweeteners or bulking agents in products. They are naturally-occurring components in plants such as fruits and berries. They are used as sugar substitutes since they provide 1/2 to 1/3 fewer calories than sugar (they are also less sweet). In your body, they are converted to glucose, but at a much slower rate than standard sugar. Because of this, they require little to no insulin and don’t cause a blood sugar spike.
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The name of “sugar alcohol” is misleading because they are not alcohols, and definitely won’t get you drunk. They simply resemble the chemical structures of both sugar and alcohol, but are really neither. There are few different kinds of sugar alcohols, whose names typically end with the letters “ol”:
- Maltitol (this is the main sugar alcohol in Myoplex Carb Control Bars)
- Sorbitol (also in Myoplex Carb Control Bars)
- Xylitol (also in Myoplex Carb Control Bars, and often in sugar-free gum*)
- Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates
Although sugar alcohols don’t spike insulin as much as sugar does, they do in fact cause a blood sugar reaction and can lead to fat storage – just not as much. See the table below.
Sugar Alcohol Side Effects
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Since your body doesn’t completely digest sugar alcohols and they are not absorbed in the small intestine, eating too much of them can lead to diarrhea, bloating, or flatulence – sometimes with a single-serving quantity. Most people don’t report these problems with Myoplex Carb Control Bars, but if you do, this is why. Usually, you can build up a tolerance and these symptoms will stop. One exception is that erythritol is absorbed by the small intestine and excreted through urine, so it doesn’t have this effect.
Sugar Alcohols and Carbohydrates – Glycemic Index
Quick background: The higher the glycemic index (GI) of a carbohydrate or food, the more of an insulin spike you get. The more of an insulin spike you get, the more fat storage is required to process the elevated blood sugar. We like to keep GI small.
|Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate||33%||39||2.8|
|Maltitol (in Myoplex Carb Control Bars)||75%||36||2.7|
|Xylitol (in Myoplex Carb Control Bars)||100%||13||2.5|
|Sorbitol (in Myoplex Carb Control Bars)||60%||9||2.5|
What Does This Mean for Myoplex Carb Control Bar Users?
We’re not sure of the exact ingredient profile of Myoplex Carb Control Bars, but we can roughly estimate that they should have about half of the glycemic load of a normal protein bar that has the same number of carbohydrates. It truly is a lower-carb solution, but is definitely not zero-carb by any means.
For using less sweet ingredeints, EAS does a good job with Myoplex Carb Control Bars. If you’re on a low-carb diet but aren’t going after ketosis or zero-carb, then we recommend taking a bar a day. Anything more than one bar per day, however, may lead to some gastrointestinal problems that we don’t want to put on any of our readers!
* You will often see Xylitol in sugar-free gum because this sugar-alcohol is not only undigested by your saliva (like other sugar alcohols), but it even has antibacterial properties in your mouth