What are the ingredients that make Extend Nutrition products so effective?
The key ingredient in our patented formula that makes Extend Nutrition products so effective is the complex carbohydrate, uncooked cornstarch. Uncooked cornstarch is a very complex, low glycemic carbohydrate that digests and converts to blood sugar very slowly.
In Extend Nutrition products, the uncooked cornstarch is combined with specific amounts of protein and fat to further slow the conversion to blood sugar. As a result, this unique combination – patented by Dr. Francine Kaufman, a world-renowned endocrinologist and metabolism expert – converts to blood sugar more gradually than any other product and is the only protein bar or shake clinically proven to help control blood sugar levels for up to 9 hours, and therefore is the only protein with Healthy Long Lasting Energy.
Do other products contain these ingredients?
The formula used in Extend Nutrition products is patent-protected, no other product contains this combination of ingredients to provide Healthy Long Lasting Energy. Most other products contain carbohydrates that aren't as long-acting and complex as those in Extend Nutrition products, so they convert to blood sugar more rapidly and therefore can’t help provide healthy or long lasting energy - they leave you with just a spike and a crash.
In what way are Extend Nutrition products better than other low-carb and sugar-free foods?
Like Extend Nutrition products, most low-carb and sugar-free foods have few fast-converting (net) carbs.
When you eat them, they won’t cause a big rise in your blood sugar. But that’s where the similarity ends.
Unfortunately, other low-carb and sugar-free foods don’t contain sufficient long-acting carbohydrates to help maintain a healthy blood sugar level throughout the day like Extend Nutrition products. So within an hour or so, your blood sugar drops, triggering a crash. And many low-carb products are also high in fat and cholesterol and contain trans-fats, so they are not particularly good for your heart.
The unique formula in Extend Nutrition products is patented for its ability to break down more gradually than other foods and release nutrients into your system more slowly. This slow conversion helps keep your blood sugar from rising too quickly, and continues to supply your body with the blood sugar fuel it needs for healthy long lasting energy and to keep your appetite under control for up to 6 hours.
Is there caffeine in the Extend Nutrition chocolate products and how much?
There is a trace amount of caffeine in our Rich Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chocolate bars as we use real chocolate which contains a very small amount of caffeine. None of the other Extend Nutrition products contain caffeine.
How do you count the carbs in Extend Nutrition products?
Through clinically conducted continuous glucose monitoring, we have discovered that the fiber and uncooked cornstarch in our products convert so slowly they have minimal impact on blood sugar. Therefore, the net carbohydrates in our products are significantly lower than the total carbohydrates. Depending on the product and flavor, there are between 1 and 6 net carbs per serving.
Are Extend Nutrition products gluten-free?
All of our products are made from gluten-free ingredients. Each product lot manufactured is tested Gluten Free to less than 10 parts per million which exceeds FDA standards. We currently recommend all of our products for people with Celiac Disease or extreme gluten sensitivity.
Why do you use Splenda (sucralose) in the Bars?
All of our bars are sucralose free.
Why do you use Splenda (sucralose) in the Protein Powders?
Our product developers have found that Sucralose provides the best overall flavor profile for our protein powder shake mixes . Sucralose is a no-calorie sweetener that contributes sweetness to foods and beverages without adding calories or carbohydrates. Splenda (sucralose) is the most extensively studied sweetener with a long history of human consumption. It is backed by over 100 safety studies over 20 years and is registered in over 80 countries worldwide.
Why do you use Stevia?
Stevia is a naturally occurring, zero calorie sweetener with a number of health benefits that have been confirmed in human studies. Since Stevia doesn’t add calories or affect blood sugar levels, it’s an ideal sugar-substitute for those looking to manage diabetes and/or control their weight.
What is Chocolate Liquor? Is it alcohol?
Chocolate liquor is the ground up center (nib) of the cocoa bean (otherwise known as unsweetened chocolate) in a smooth, liquid state. It contains no alcohol.
I’m in recovery, what is sugar alcohol? Will it affect my recovery?
No. Sugar alcohol is not a liquor or alcohol. Neither is it sugar. Sugar alcohol is a form of sweetener such as Maltitol, most frequently used in food products that digest and convert to glucose more slowly than sucrose (table sugar). Maltitol does not spike your blood sugar and is much healthier for your system.
Does the glycerin in Extend Nutrition products contain animal fat?
No. Extend Nutrition products are made with vegetable sources for glycerin, there is no animal content in the glycerin used in Extend Nutrition products. The glycerin used in Extend Nutrition products is, in fact, kosher!
Is the soy flour used whole grain or enriched?
The soy flour used in our products is whole grain and is not enriched.
Milk protein and whey protein are ingredients in some of the Extend Nutrition products. How lactose free are Extend Nutrition products?
There is less than 0.5 grams of lactose per serving in Extend Nutrition products that contain a milk derived ingredient (milk protein isolate, whey protein isolate). Our products that do not have any milk derived ingredients have 0.0 grams of lactose per serving.
What is the difference between your Anytime and Performance line of products?
Both product lines are clinically proven and the only protein with healthy long lasting energy - up to 6 hours. Our Performance line has a whopping 20-24g of protein, perfect for your endurance and meal replacement occasions. Our Anytime line, contains 9-12g of protein and is perfect as a between meal snack and on the go energy. And they both taste absolutely terrific!!
What is Whey Protein? Is it safe? Is it considered the best source of protein?
Whey protein is a mixture of proteins in whey, which is a byproduct of cheese production. It’s usually sold as a flavored powder, which is added to shakes, meal replacements and protein bars. The proteins in whey are of a very high quality. They’re loaded with essential amino acids, including leucine and cysteine. There is a lot of evidence that whey protein is effective at increasing muscle and strength gains. Protein has been shown to aid weight loss by boosting metabolism and reducing appetite. Whey protein can help increase fat loss while preserving lean muscle mass. Whey is high in essential amino acids and other healthy nutrients. It’s also rich in the amino acid cysteine, which raises levels of the antioxidant glutathione and leads to many health benefits.
What is the Premium Vegan Protein Blend with Quinoa in our Vegan shake mixes?
Our proprietary clean 3-source vegan protein blend consists of vegan protein from Quinoa, Pea, and Brown Rice sources. Each 1 scoop serving provides 20 grams of protein, and has more than 3,600 mg of branched chain amino acids and 1,500 mg of L-Arginine (BCAAs).
What are BCAA’s?
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are a group of three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine. BCAA supplements are commonly taken in order to boost muscle growth and enhance exercise performance. They may also help with weight loss and reduce fatigue after exercise.
What is Quinoa?
Often referred to as the supergrain, quinoa is high in fiber and high-quality protein. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium. One half cup of quinoa has 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.
Are the Performance Vegan Shake Mixes lactose free?
How much protein do you need on a daily basis?
A weight-based recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. For a 140 pound person, that comes to 51 grams of protein each day. (You can convert your body weight from pounds to kilograms by dividing by 2.2; so, 140 pounds is 64 kg; multiplying this by 0.8 equals 51). Active people – especially those who are trying to build muscle mass - may need more.
How much protein is considered too much for daily consumption?
It's hard to provide a specific answer since there are many variables and the experts themselves don't always agree. However, for the average person (who is not an elite athlete or heavily involved in body building) it's probably best to avoid more than 2 gm/kg; that would be about 125 grams/day for a 140 pound person.
Do Extend Nutrition products contain stimulants, drugs or appetite suppressants?
We pride ourselves on our Clinically Proven Healthy Long Lasting Energy with no stimulants, drugs or appetite suppressants.