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    Brown rice syrup vs corn syrup

    There seems to be a lot of discussion about these two products wrt health and well being. After reading a lot of articles, it seems to me to be something of a religious argument (similar to Campa vs Shimano).

    Does anyone know, or can anyone point me to somewhere that will tell me, any factual information on the major performance food producers - GU, PowerBar, etc. - that indicates if they use either of these components as a base?

    Most break down their ingredient lists into what could be the components of either of the two, and I am interested if any of them actually start with these syrups, rather than their components in some other form.

    In case it has not become glaringly obvious by now, I am considering making my own, starting with one of these syrups. I would like to start with one I know to be in something I already use and like, if possible.

    Thanks...Gary

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    I not sure I understand your question but these are basically refined sugars.High fructose corn syrup is manufactured by Archer Daniels Midland and is in a large variety of processed products while the other tends to be more in refined "health" products.Most of the high performance pre/post workout formulas use a combination of maltodextrin(corn starch)as a complex carb and dextrose as a simple carb(sugar).Both of these can be purchased economically from home brew supply stores for as low as $1.99/lb and $.99/lb respectively so you may want to look into these as raw materials.

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    RTWD -

    Thanks. I understand the point about the contents. I guess what I am after is how close I can come to the commercial products. If they start with the components of corn syrup or brown rice syrup, but in differing quantities than exist in the syrups, I would have to create a different formulation than if they started with the syrups, which I am assuming have a relatively constant ratio of components in them.

    In the end, it probably makes no real difference if I get roughly the right combination for quick and slow absorption contents.

    Cheers...Gary

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    Most sports supplement companies are more formulators or in many cases simply remarketers with limited manufacturing and purchase raw materials such as syrups and other ingredients in bulk.I buy whey protein in bulk from the same manufacturer that many supplement companies use in fact they formulate the Dorian Yates line for him which he then resells under his own name. So whatever you see on an ingredient list they probably bought in bulk rather than start with corn or rice and produce syrup if that is what your asking.You may be able to do this yourself I don't know but the home brew places are a economical place to start for raw materials they may even have corn or rice syrups I don't know but I do know they have corn starch,dextrose,maltose etc.

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