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What is glucose powder?

Updated March 23, 2017

Glucose, also called dextrose, is a simple sugar that is an important source of energy for humans, animals and other organisms. Glucose powder is formed when corn syrup solids are reduced to a powder.

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The word glucose has Greek origins. It is based on the word glykys, which means sweet.

Health Uses

Glucose powder is used by athletes before and after training to boost and maintain energy levels and to protect and repair muscles.

Food Uses

Glucose powder is used in cakes, pastries, baking products, ice cream, sorbet and many other products that require sweetening agents. It can be mixed into drinks or meals.


When consumed, glucose enters the bloodstream immediately and stimulates your body's insulin, a hormone that moves essential nutrients into cells.

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Katina Blue has a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been writing for more than 10 years. Her articles are featured on several websites including Money Maiden. She currently writes daily blog posts on

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