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Postby caltex0821 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:23 pm

Someone is trying to tell me there is fructose in Hammer products. This is not true, is it? All I read about in your knowledge base is that it is not good for us.
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Re: Fructose in Hammer

Postby steve-born » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:21 pm

We do not put ANY refined sugars, including processed fructose/high fructose corn syrup, in any of our products. There was a question regarding the fruit juice component in Hammer Gel that was in a back issue of Endurance News. Instead of spending the time trying to find the link to that article, I've taken the liberty of cutting and pasting it here for you...

Hammer Gel & Fructose
By: Dr. Bill Misner, Ph.D.

Q: I have fructose intolerance and wonder whether I can take Hammer Gel. I know that Hammer Gel does not contain any added fructose, but it contains fruit juices; thus, there should be some natural fructose in it. Any experience with this condition?

A: This is not a new question, but it is one I am pleased to hear.

Fructose is a real and present dietary danger known and shown to compromise health. Unprocessed natural fruit juice is associated with health-enhancing effects, but the processed form is highly toxic even in relatively small amounts. This question is important, requiring a few paragraphs to explain.

HAMMER GEL - Fructose Question
A typical 36-gram serving Hammer Gel contains 0.72 gram from a natural sweetener, called "Energy Smart" made from 50% fruit juice and 50% grain dextrins via proprietary process. Fruit juice contains natural fructose of 3-10% by weight. For every serving of Hammer Gel consumed (at most) 1-2 grams of natural fructose is consumed. The natural fructose content in Hammer Gel for a 9-serving/3-hour workout is no higher than 18-20 grams, well under half of the 50 grams necessary to induce fructose intolerance symptoms. Since no one knows the proprietary process by which the "Energy Smart" sweetener formula is processed, my comment is an educated estimate.

When compared to natural organic whole foods, Hammer Gel generates very small amounts of natural fructose. Naturally occurring, plant-source total dietary fructose ingested from whole non-processed fruits or vegetables is around 15 grams per day with NO reported association with compromised health disorders.

Each 3.5 ounces from whole fruits contain small gram amounts of fructose:

FRUIT PER 100 GRAMS
Prunes 12.5
Grapes 8.2
Bananas 4.9
Kiwi Fruit 4.3
Apples 6.0
Cherries 6.0
Pears 6.2
Blueberry 5.0
Strawberry 2.5
Blackberry 2.4
Orange 2.2
Grapefruit 2.5
Watermelon 3.3
Plums 3.0
Raspberry 2.3
Melon 2.9
Pineapple 2.0
Cantaloupe 1.8
Peach 1.5
Nectarine 1.3

HAMMER GEL 1.0-2.0 *

*Per single serving

How Much Fructose is Harmful?
Most dietary fructose intake is ingested as processed High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), used to sweeten various packaged foods. Processed Food manufacturers prefer HFCS as a sweetening agent because it is cheap and mixes well in many foods. Dietary fructose intake is increasing. From 1970-1997, annual per capita intake of HFCS in the USA increased from 0.23 kg to 28.3 kg. During the same period, total Fructose + Sucrose intake increased from 64 grams per day to 81 grams per day. Fifty-five percent (55%) of the dietary fructose Americans consume comes from commercially produced high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which is added to many processed foods (e.g. Most soft drinks contain approximately 11% HFCS), to sweeten baked goods, canned fruits, dairy products, ketchup and jams. Soft Drinks account for 33% of the total content of Simple Sugars (Fructose + Sucrose + Glucose) in the USA.

Fructose is absorbed primarily via the jejunum; however, one out of every three persons cannot completely absorb fructose. Fructose is slowly absorbed by the human digestive system. Peak serum fructose concentrations occur 30-60 minutes after fructose ingestion. The concentration of fructose in fasting blood of healthy humans is typically 1 mg/dL or less. The fructose portion of sucrose is absorbed more slowly than fructose ingested in its pure monosaccharide form. This is because the fructose portion of sucrose is not available for absorption until sucrose is hydrolyzed by intestinal digestive enzymes. The cell structures of animals fed fructose age more rapidly and accelerated aging of the collagen content of the skin also occurred (Journal of Nutrition. September 28, 1998:1442-1449.) Chronic or excessive use of processed fructose (apart from fruit fibers, vitamins, and other plant-sourced minerals) is associated with abnormal blood clotting ailments, increased cardiovascular disease risk, hypertension, colic, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, breast cancer, colon cancer, calcium oxalate kidney stones & gallstones, increased total serum cholesterol levels, increased LDL cholesterol, cross-linking (glycosylation), increased risk diabetes mellitus type II, fatigue, fatty liver, insulin resistance, obesity, elevated serum triglycerides, gout, depression, tooth decay, and accelerated skin wrinkling. Two out of three otherwise normal/healthy persons experience fructose intolerance (fructose malabsorption form) when 50 grams of processed fructose or more is consumed. Choi's research associates the 50-gram fructose dose with fructose intolerance (Am J Gastroenterol 98(6):1348-1353, 2003). An average 600 ml of soft drink contains a whopping 32.6 grams of fructose!

SUMMARY
A few grams natural fructose wrapped in its original cellulose fiber and fluid-like container always includes the enzymes, vitamins, and minerals making this substance well tolerated in up to 50 grams +/- 10 grams. However, the more processed and stripped of its original fiber, fluid, vitamin, and mineral content, the more likely a 50 gram dose (+/- 10 grams) will do more harm than good for healthy cellular metabolic function.
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Re: Fructose in Hammer

Postby caltex0821 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:37 pm

Perfect, exactly what I needed to know. Thank you...
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Re: Fructose in Hammer

Postby Mitch_S » Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:08 pm

Steve,

I find two of your statements disturbing and hope it's a matter of being taken out of context:

1)
A typical 36-gram serving Hammer Gel contains 0.72 gram from a natural sweetener, called "Energy Smart" made from 50% fruit juice and 50% grain dextrins via proprietary process.


How can a something made from a "proprietary process" be called "natural?" Isn't this similar to what the HFCS manufacturers tried to claim?

2)
Since no one knows the proprietary process by which the "Energy Smart" sweetener formula is processed...


Are you saying that Hammer uses an ingredient that "non one knows" how it was made?

Please clarify!

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Re: Fructose in Hammer

Postby steve-born » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:44 am

Hello Mitch -

Energy Smart, as a proprietary natural sweetener, allows its manufacturers to legally keep their process of making it a secret, describing it as a grain dextrin. More information about what Energy Smart is can be found at http://www.advancedingredients.com/energysmart.php

Producing HFCS, as you probably know, is a multi-part process with the end result being a combination of simple sugars, glucose and fructose. Note that sugar is defined as a 2 glucose molecule or less, while a carbohydrate is defined as a 3 glucose molecule or above.

*** To make high fructose corn syrup, the corn is first harvested and sent to the wet mill.

*** Next, the corn is crushed in a mill and then run through screens in order to separate the corn starch from other parts of the kernel.

*** After being separated, enzymes are added to the liquid, which converts some of the sugars in the liquid from glucose to fructose. The resulting liquid is typically 42 percent fructose and 58 percent glucose (both simple sugars).

*** From there, the liquid is passed through activated carbon and filtered.

*** The final product is called HFCS-42, and is used to sweeten many baked goods.

*** Some of the HFCS-42 then goes through a liquid filtration process to increase the fructose content, creating a liquid that is 90 percent fructose. This product is called HFCS-90.

*** Finally, the two liquids, HFCS-42 and HFCS-90, are blended to make a mixture that is 55% fructose. The final blend, called HFCS-55, is widely used as a sweetener in sodas.

Though the process of how Energy Smart is made is a heavily guarded, trademarked secret, it is not a simple sugar (like glucose or fructose), but rather a long-chain carbohydrate, made by combining naturally occurring, unrefined sugars from fruit plus specially developed medium-chain carbohydrates from grain. After reviewing the company's Allergen Chart (which states that, among other things, it is free of Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Kamut, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Rye, Spelt, Triticale, and Wheat), I ascertain that the grain that the grain used is Rice.

When ingested, the human physiology interprets the biochemistry of Energy Smart as a complex carbohydrate resulting in gradual-but-welcome increases to serum blood sugar levels... a desirable effect during and after exercise.

There are a few companies, not just Hammer Nutrition, that use this proprietary, natural sweetener. Technically, you are correct; we do not know the exact process in which it is made; again, that is a very heavily guarded secret. However, we do know that It is not fructose (or any other simple sugar) and most definitely not HFCS.

What we do know is that Energy Smart is free of the following:

ADDITIVES – NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL
GELATIN
ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND DERIVATIVES
GLUTAMATES (MSG)
ASPARTAME (NUTRASWEET)
GLUTEN (From the aforementioned grains/grasses)
BEEF PRODUCTS AND DERIVATIVES
LAMB/MUTTON PRODUCTS AND DERIVATIVES
BENZOATES
MILK PRODUCTS AND DERIVATIVES
BHA/BHT
NUT PRODUCTS AND DERIVATIVES **
BIO-SOLIDS
PORK PRODUCTS AND DERIVATIVES
CITRUS PRODUCTS AND DERIVATIVES
POULTRY PRODUCTS AND DERIVATIVES
COLORS AND AND DYES – NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL
PRESERVATIVES – NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL
EGG PRODUCTS
SEED PRODUCTS AND DERIVATIVES
SOY PRODUCTS AND DERIVATIVES
SULFATES, SULFIDES, SULFUR DIOXIDE, SULFUR AND SULFUR DERIVATIVES
YEAST PRODUCTS AND DERIVATIVES

** FREE FROM NUTS DECLARATION - means absolute absence of all nut & nut products, including oils & sources of vegetable protein containing derivatives of nuts in the product or any of its ingredients. Nuts are: Almonds, Brazil nuts, Beechnuts, Betal nuts, Breadnuts, Butternuts, Cashew nuts, Chestnuts, Cobnuts, Coconut, Chilean wild nuts, Chinquapins, Cola nuts, Ginkgo nuts, Hazelnuts, Heart nuts, Hickory nuts, Jacknuts, Jojoba nuts, Macadamia nuts, Oyster nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pistachio, Paradise, Persian walnuts, Pili nuts, Quandang nuts, Squari nuts, Tahiti chestnuts, Tallow nuts, Tiger nuts, Tropical Almonds, Walnuts, Sesame seeds. Note palm kernel oil is not deemed to be a nut oil.

Lastly, according to the company's website, it has the following certifications: "EnergySmart® is Kosher and Parve under the supervision of the Orthodox Union. EnergySmart® is an all-natural, unrefined product that is Non-GMO, gluten-free, corn-free and contains no MSG. It is GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) under U.S. food standards."

I hope this information will alleviate your concerns.

Sincerely -

Steve
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Re: Fructose in Hammer

Postby Mitch_S » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:57 am

Steve,

Thanks for the response. Interesting info on Energy Smart's website:

EngerySmart®is a patented, all-natural combination of mono and disaccharides from select fruit plus specially developed dextrins from grain.

The fruit makes EngerySmart® an excellent source of quick energy, and the specially formulated grain components, in combination with the fruit, provide longer-lasting energy.


http://www.advancedingredients.com/energysmart.php

Fair enough. I'll vouch that Hammer Gel does indeed seem to provide both quick (from the monosaccharides, aka simple sugars, I assume) and longer-lasting (from the grain-based carbs and maltodextrin?) energy. It works and tastes great!

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