Which Sugar And Sweeteners Are Used In Sports Supplements
Sugars and sweeteners are used in almost every food item we have added to the discovery tool, including to our surprise, camping meals. When looking in to this and learning as we add new food items, we were seeing a handful of sweeteners used in a hell of a lot of foods.
Here we aim to shed some light on the types of sugars and sweeteners which are added to sports and outdoor foods and help you navigate the options better, so you can find the best food item for your needs.
Before we continue, we'd like to add that we recently added a new feature to our discovery tool, giving you the power to filter all food items by the sugar or sweetener types in them. As well, you can also filter to show which foods items don't have a specific sugar or sweetener. This is especially powerful for those who have digestive issues or allergies to specific types.
Which Sugars Or Sweeteners Should You Choose
We're not here to tell you which sugars or sweeteners are best, that isn't our profession. What we do know is where they are used, thanks to our database we are building and here is where we are sharing them with you.
This post is merely here to show you what foods and drinks have what specific sugar or sweeteners in them. Or to dig deeper, you can even use the food discovery tool to find foods which don't have specific sweeteners or sugars in them, so you can stay clear of those.
Just head on over to the discovery tool and select the sugar types you would like to see foods contain and click apply. If you don't want a specific sugar or sweetener, select the operator before sugar type and choose is none of and this will show foods which don't have your sugar selection.
In this article we go in to further detail, breaking down the sugar, sugar alcohol and sweetener types found in sports supplements and outdoor foods, so you can get an overview of what sugars are used, what are most popular and where they are found.
The Most Used Sugars & Sweeteners In Sports Foods
Below, this chart which shows the most used sugar and sweetener types in sports and outdoor foods.
Included in this charts info, you will find no added sugars and naturally present types, as well as sweeteners and sugar alcohols.
This chart updates daily when we add new food items to the database and categorise the food item by the sugar in their ingredients, so make sure to check back for future updates.
The most used sugars in sports foods, supplements and camping foods are actually no added sugars and naturally present sugars.
The actual most used sugar types are cane sugar and brown rice syrup. You will find that they are used mostly in energy gels than any other food type.
Sugar and maltodextrin complete the top 5 sugar types in sports supplements, again maltodextrin is another sweetener that is used in a lot of energy gels available on the market.
After the top 5, there is quite a gap, you will find most of the top 5 covering more than half of the food items available. There is a big jump down to the 6th most used sugar and that is shared by quite a lot of different types.
Tapioca syrup, coconut sugar, stevia, sucralose, agave, maltitol and erythritol make up the top 12 sugar types used in sports foods.
Sports Foods With Stevia
A list of all sports foods which use stevia as an ingredient. Stevia is one of the healthiest sweeteners available and also one of the most widely used in foods.
Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana, native to Brazil and Paraguay. The active compounds are steviol glycosides (mainly stevioside and rebaudioside), which have 30 to 150 times the sweetness of sugar, are heat-stable, pH-stable, and not fermentable. The body does not metabolize the glycosides in stevia and therefore it contains 0 calories like some artificial sweeteners.
It's a zero calorie sweetener and is becoming more commonly used in food and drink. One of the downsides is that there is a slight aftertaste compared to other sugars and sweeteners.
To find more foods with stevia in it, or to hide foods with stevia in it, head to the discovery tool and use the sugar type filter.
Sports & Outdoor Foods That Have Honey In Them
A list of sports supplements and outdoor foods which have honey as an ingredient in them. It is one of the more healthier options when it comes to sugars and sweeteners.
Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance produced by bees and some related insects. Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose, and has about the same relative sweetness as sucrose (granulated sugar). Honey provides 46 calories in a serving of one tablespoon (15 ml). Honey is regarded as safe when not taken in excessive amounts.
Honey has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties and a distinct taste. Unlike sweeteners, there are many different types of honey, depending on what types of flora the bees seek out, will depend on the aroma and type of honey they will create.
Here this list shows energy gels, energy bars and camping meals which all use honey as an ingredient to sweeten the food.
If you're looking for low calories or carbs, stay away, honey has 46 calories in a 15ml serving and a decent amount of carbs too.
To find more foods with stevia in it, or to hide foods with honey in it, head to the discovery tool and use the sugar type filter.
Sports & Outdoor Foods With Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar is used quite a lot in the sports supplements food industry, coming in about 10th (at the time of writing) most used in foods.
Coconut sugar (also known as coco sugar, coconut palm sugar, coco sap sugar or coconut blossom sugar) is a palm sugar produced from the sap of the flower bud stem of the coconut palm.
Coconut sugar has trace amounts of minerals, such as potassium and magnesium. The downside to this sugar type is that it has a high amount of calories.
To find more foods with stevia in it, or to hide foods with coconut sugar in it, head to the discovery tool and use the sugar type filter.
Sports & Outdoor Foods With Cane Sugar
Raw cane sugar is a sucrose and here you can find all the sports foods, like energy gels, energy and protein bars and camping meals which use this ingredient in their food items.
To find more foods with stevia in it, or to hide foods with cane sugar in it, head to the discovery tool and use the sugar type filter.
Sports & Outdoor Foods With Agave Syrup
Here we have a list of all sports foods, like energy gels and protein bars and camping meals which all have agave used in them.
Agave syrup is a sweetener commercially produced from several species of agave, including Agave tequilana (blue agave) and Agave salmiana. Blue agave syrup contains 56% fructose as a sugarproviding sweetening properties.
It is more of a syrup than other offerings so great with liquids and drinks to sweeten them up as it mixes well with them.
To find more foods with stevia in it, or to hide foods with agave in it, head to the discovery tool and use the sugar type filter.
Brown Sugar In Sports Supplements & Camping Food
If you're looking for sports and outdoor foods with brown sugar, here is a definitive list of food items which use brown sugar as an ingredient.
Brown sugar is a sucrose sugar product with a distinctive brown color due to the presence of molasses. It is either an unrefined or partially refined soft sugar consisting of sugar crystals with some residual molasses content (natural brown sugar), or it is produced by the addition of molasses to refined white sugar (commercial brown sugar).
Brown sugar is only used by a small percentage of sports and outdoor foods, at the time of writing there are 18 out of over 600 food items which use it as a sugar and sweetener.
To find more foods with stevia in it, or to hide foods with brown sugar in it, head to the discovery tool and use the sugar type filter.
White Sugar In Sports Foods
White sugar is the 5th most used sugar and sweetener type used in sports and outdoor foods.
White sugar, also called table sugar, granulated sugar or regular sugar, is the sugar commonly used in North America and Europe, made either of beet sugar or cane sugar, which has undergone a refining process.
The refining completely removes the molasses and makes the white sugar actually sucrose (with a purity higher than 99.7%)
As well as being used for baking and at home, it is used a lot in sports foods like energy gels and protein bars.
To find more foods with stevia in it, or to hide foods with white sugar in it, head to the discovery tool and use the sugar type filter.
Erythritol In Sports Foods
Erythritol is widely known as a keto friendly sweetener.
It occurs naturally in some fruit and fermented foods. At the industrial level, it is produced from glucose by fermentation with a yeast, Moniliella pollinis. Erythritol is 60–70% as sweet as sucrose (table sugar) yet it is almost noncaloric, does not affect blood sugar, does not cause tooth decay, and is partially absorbed by the body, excreted in urine and feces.
It currently has 38 food items out of 650, so approximately 5% of the food items in the database, energy gels, protein bars, camping meals use erythritol as an ingredient and usually instead of sugar or a more high carb sweetener.
One problem with erythritol is that some people can have digestive issues with it, you'll have to try it in a food item to work this out for yourself. If you do, check out foods which use monk fruit or stevia instead. These are both zero calorie sweeteners and work in a similar way but have less issues when digesting.
To find more foods with stevia in it, or to hide foods with erythritol in it, head to the discovery tool and use the sugar type filter.
Xylitol In Sports Foods
Xylitol is sparsely used in the sports food and outdoor food industries when choosing sweeteners or sugar alcohols. Only a handful of food items in our database use this ingredient.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol used as a sugar substitute. The name derives from Ancient Greek: ξύλον, xyl[on], "wood" + suffix -itol, used to denote sugar alcohols. Xylitol is categorized as a polyalcohol or sugar alcohol(specifically an alditol). It has the formula CH2OH(CHOH)3CH2OH. It is a colorless or white solid that is soluble in water. Use of manufactured products containing xylitol may promote better dental health, but evidence is lacking on whether it prevents cavities.
Here you can see the food items that use xylitol as a sweetener.
To find more foods with stevia in it, or to hide foods with xylitol in it, head to the discovery tool and use the sugar type filter.
No Added Sugar And Naturally Present Sugars
This section is for sports and outdoor foods which have zero added sugar and all of the sugars present are naturally occuring in the food item.
This goes for foods and drinks which have fruits and whole foods in them, or some foods which didn't need sweetening. If you are looking at energy bars or protein bars, you will find that those with no added sugar are mostly made of whole food fruits which provide the sugars and sweetness of the food item.
Approximately one third of all foods in the database have zero added sugars and this sugar type actually makes up the most of the food choices there are.
There are over 160 energy gels, hydration powders, bars and meals with naturally present sugars and beating cane syrup and brown rice syrup substantially in to first place.
To find more foods with no added sugars in it, or to hide foods with no added sugars in it, head to the discovery tool and use the sugar type filter.