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With my Dad being diabetic an suffering from low sugar we have always had these in the house so I have always been aware of them and recently my husband had took a shine to them so I have been buying them regular. I personally started taking them during my pregnancy as I suffered from tiredness and devoured a pack in labour.
I did feel they gave me an energy boost but only short term but I do also enjoy the taste of these tablets which was a bonus. These are very rarely on offer in Tesco and cost 66p per pack, my husband can demolish a pack of these in a day just because he likes them so I keep them out of his reach.
Dextro tablets are a glucose table which are quite chalk in texture and dissolve in your mouth within a few minutes. They come in blackcurrant, lemon and orange. Orange are household favourite. They tablets themselves are small and rectangular.
I do think these tablets give you a short term energy boost and have always ensured my Dads sugar levels are brought back up to a normal level after about 6 tablets.
I would recommend these to anyone who suffers from low sugar levels (but always get yourself checked with a doctor if it's a regular occurrence). They offer a boost of energy while being tasty.
I suffer from a health condition that causes dreadful fatigue and tiredness, so it takes very little in the way of exertion from me to leave me feeling completely drained and exhausted. For this reason, I find it quite hard to undertake a lot of tasks and everyday to-ing and fro-ing can often be more difficult for me than it really should, especially considering I am a young woman in my thirties. During times when I am feeling particularly tired but have a string of tasks to carry out- such as shopping in a busy supermarket, I am often left feeling utterly exhausted after a very short period of time.
For this reason, I am always on the look-out for products that promise to give a quick burst of energy, and often keep a small packet of Energy Tablets in my handbag, so that I can quickly chew a couple in the hope of obtaining a much-needed boost. The Energy Tablets that I have been using recently are from the Dextro brand, with this review outlining my experiences of the product.
I have tried out several flavours of Dextro Energy Tablets in the past, but the ones I have been buying on and off for the past few months have been the Blackcurrant flavour, so these will be the ones I will focus on for the purposes of this review. I always buy my Dextro Tablets from Boots, mainly because it is possible to buy them in a twin pack from here - other retailers include Superdrug and some Health Food Stores, but I find the twin packs are harder to come by in most other retailers for some reason.
A recent purchase of a twin pack containing two individual 'tubes' of Dextro Blackcurrant Tablets cost me £1.14 and I thought this price reflected reasonable value for money, particularly as each tube contains 14 individual tablets. The tablets are not individually wrapped inside their outer wrapper; to remove one, you simply need to tear down the foil-lined wrapper to get to the tablets inside.
The Dextro Energy Tablets are fairly unappetising or uninspiring, based on their appearance at least; the tablets are plain-looking, being an oblong shape and plain white in colour. The "Dextro" branding appears in a slightly embossed design along one side of the tablet. Their consistency and texture is quite hard, and they are slightly chalky, with a light, 'powdery' residue coming off onto the fingertips when the tablets are handled, although this is very slight.
There is no specific 'dosage' instructions on the outer wrapper, so I can only presume that these tablets are safe to consume in as large a quantity as I see fit. Personally, I find two or three tablets is more than enough in any one 'sitting', mainly because I find they are rather sweet and this can feel a little too much for me at times. The Dextro Tablets can be either sucked or crunched, but I tend to suck one tablet for a while as I like the subtle Blackcurrant flavour, and then when the tablet has shrunk in its size and shape slightly, I crunch it up to finish it off.
I do have to admit that there is a slightly 'chalky' feel to these tablets, but I can't say that I find this to be off-putting or unpleasant, and it doesn't seem to feel 'claggy' in the mouth in the way that some chalky-textured medicines often feel. Instead, there is a sort of slight 'fizz' present whilst the Dextro Tablets are crunched, and the flavour is so pleasant at this stage in the process that I am distracted from the slight chalkiness in its texture.
The Dextro Tablets' packaging claims: "Dextro Energy provides a quick supply of carbohydrates, ideal when you are on the go. Dextrose is instantly absorbed into the bloodstream and supports concentration and mental performance. Ideal for work, school and sports." The idea is that the Dextrose contained in the tablets will provide a quick energy boost when it is needed most, and I understand that some athletes use products such as drinks that contain this ingredient as it may help to increase their performance/ability.
For me, as a fatigue-laden consumer, I am more interested in whether the product allows me to carry on with whatever energy-draining task I am struggling to complete. I can honestly say that for the most part, I find that yes, I am able to obtain a bit of a 'boost' from taking a couple of Dextro Energy Tablets when I am out and about, although I have to be honest and say that my husband is absolutely convinced that the tablets offer a sort of placebo effect. Me, on the other hand, I tend to think of the Dextro Tablets as being in the same vein as some of the glucose-infused energy drinks that are available on the market; sometimes, it is possible to feel a slight 'pick me up' effect from these products, and other times, when fatigue has stricken a particularly heavy blow, I can obtain little or no relief and need to succumb to my illness, allowing tiredness to overrule once more. No, I couldn't say that the Dextro work EVERY time, but there have been lots of times where I have felt a bit more alert and slightly more able to cope with the tasks in hand after taking a couple of the tablets, and to be honest, this result is good enough for me; I'm just happy to obtain relief from the tablets, even if it cannot be guaranteed or expected on each occasion they are consumed.
There are no side effects listed on the packaging, and certainly I have suffered nothing in the way of ill effects during or after the tablets have been consumed, so I feel I have 'nothing to lose' by chewing on a couple of the Dextro Tablets during the times I am feeling fatigued and/or mentally drained. In actual fact, the only negative points I can think of is of course the fact that they cannot be depended upon, rather their ability to cope with my (extreme) fatigue is rather like a game of 'chance', but also, I have to mention the extreme sweetness contained in the tablets' flavour. I understand that they contain a lot of sugar, but the level of sweetness is so intense that it reminds me of a very strong sherbet- like taste, which is ok in small doses, but can feel a little intense at times. True, it doesn't put me off the Dextro Energy Tablets, but I do confess to being extra vigilant towards my dental hygiene after consuming these tablets, as I am aware of their sugary, sweet flavour and taste lingering on my teeth.
Concentrating on the positive points again, however, I am more inclined to purchase more of the Dextro Energy Tablets in the winter months because they contain Vitamin C, and I am always mindful of my intake of this helpful Vitamin during the colder winter months because I find it is useful at helping my immunity towards colds and flus, both of which I tend to be quite susceptible to as a result of my compromised immune system. So, in winter, I always have a well-stocked supply of the Dextro Tablets, feeling that they offer a versatile "2 in 1" feel that other energy-boosting products don't provide; my immune system can obtain the beneficial properties from the Vitamin C contained in the Tablets, in addition to me being able to (hopefully) obtain a bit of an energy boost when needed.
The Dextro Energy Tablets actually contain "120mg - 150% RDA = Recommended Daily Allowance" of my Vitamin C intake, which means that I don't need to take any further supplement during the winter months, as these tablets will helpfully provide the required amount. To be quite truthful, I find the pleasant Blackcurrant flavour of the Dextro Tablets is rather more pleasant than that of the last Vitamin C supplements that I purchased; these tasted rather 'chemical' like and left an unpleasant after-taste in my mouth, so of course I'd much rather have a Dextro Tablet instead.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that the Dextro Energy Tablets are a worthwhile purchase. For me personally, my fatigue and tiredness is so extreme that there are many occasions where these Tablets are simply not enough to cope with my symptoms. On other times, however, I am able to obtain a bit of a boost in terms of my energy and stamina, and can cope a little better with being out and about or doing something that feels rather more strenuous than it should. For this reason, I will continue to purchase the Dextro Tablets, finding that even a 'chance' of a boost is enough of a valid selling point for this fatigued consumer.
Dextro Energy Tablets
I always rush out of the flat on a morning when I have my early lectures and I roll out of bed then straight out of the door. There's no time for anything to eat and though my dad used to tell me off all the time for not eating breakfast, now that I'm living away from home he can't do this as he doesn't know what I'm up to. My friend told me about Dextra Energy Sweets because by about 10.30am I was really starting to flag, I couldn't concentrate on what was being said and I couldn't take in the information and I was also starting to feel quite faint and shaky. I knew it was my fault and that going without food for such a long period of time isn't good for anyone but as soon as she offered me a blackcurrant flavoured Dextra Table I did feel much better almost instantly. I was really impressed, but about a half hour later I started to feel the same way again and I needed some solid food.
I tried the blackcurrant flavour first but then I discovered that Superdrug sell these for 70p in loads of other flavours. I think I've tried all the flavours that are available but my definite favourite is the orange ones they make.
The tablets themselves are in packs of 14 or 15 and they are square in shape and I always think they taste a bit like fruity indigestion tablets do. I think this is because they are quite chalky and the consistency is very similar.
They give me a sudden burst of energy which is sometimes what I need whenever I forget to eat or drink before I leave the flat and this is because they have dextrose in them which is a sort of sugar, hence the name, I think.
They would be great if you are a very active person (which I am not, really) or for whenever you feel you need a bit of energy quickly but don't want to eat sugary stuff such as chocolate. I think they are well priced and I can honestly say hand on my heart that they do work for me very quickly and I love all the flavours but orange is the best.
Highly recommended for whenever you're flagging
Dextro energy sweets are sweets designed for adults who need an energy boost. They contain dextrose which is a type of glucose sugar that provides the body with instant energy, so the sweets are marketed as ideal for sporty people, however they can be useful for anyone who need a bit of a pick me up.
The sweets look like little rectangles of chalk, and indeed they taste quite chalky too. They are super sweet since dextrose is a type of sugar, and very easy to eat as they quickly break down after being put in the mouth. I like to suck them until they disappear but some people prefer to bite them and get it over and done with. I do have a very sweet tooth though so I like to make the flavour last.
I prefer the blackcurrant Dextro sweets as I find the orange ones a bit too artificial tasting, whereas the blackcurrant ones just taste like very sweet cordial. There are several different flavours available however.
There are 14 sweets tightly packed in a thin plastic packet and you have to make sure you seal the pack up again after you get one out as they are quite powdery and will end up covering your pocket in a sugary powder if you're not careful.
I would not normally use a product like this and I do try not to eat too many sugary foods but I have been hugely lacking in energy during this pregnancy and I remember eating Dextro sweets when I was a teenager so I thought I'd give them another go. After eating one I do feel more energised, not instantly but after a few minutes, and I don't think that's a placebo effect, but I wouldn't take these long term as they would probably ruin my teeth and aren't great for my health..
Dextro sweets come in several different flavours and they are available in most chemists. I have been buying them for around 70p from Boots but they are quite easy to get hold of, and a good alternative to normal sweets I think due to the small amount of energy they give you.
I have bought Dextro Energy Tablets for a long time. When my children were little I used to find I would need a little burst of energy and found these tablets to be really helpful. I'm not sure how healthy they are or what people think of them but I find that they help my energy levels slightly and give me the little boost I need.
They come in little packets and I buy them from my local pharmacy.
I buy lemon flavoured ones. They are about the size of a stamp about about 5mm thick. They are quite chalky in texture and so when they're in your mouth they dissolve slowly. You can chew them of course and the taste is of lemons and they're really quite nice. If you choose to just suck them slowly then it gradually dissolves away.
The result isn't anything outstanding, I don't suddenly feel as though I'm buzzing with energy, it's not ilke downing a can of red bull or something but they do help stop any little faint spells I have. There are times when I feel my blood sugar levels drop and feel suddenly very hungry and faint but often don't have anything with me to be able to eat so I take these with me and find that just having one or two of these tablets help to stop that horrible faint-like feeling.
I know these may not be the best idea, maybe maintaining my sugar levels is more important but I think that it's better than eating a chocolate bar to give me that little boost or something like that.
I always carry a little packet with me in my handbag.
I first tasted these Dextro energy sweets when I was about 15 or so as I think my mum had a pack and offered me one. I have only ever eaten the blackcurrant flavour and usually pick them up in Boots or Superdrug and as a young mum of a 3 year old I can often need a little pick me up or boost of energy so I find nibbling on some of these really helpful when out and about!
They are essentially sweets which come in a white packet with colourful energetic design which will be coloured according to the flavour. I love the blackcurrant which come in the purple packet, obviously orange is in the orange packet, and to be honest I have never seen the other colours in the high street stores before so I am not sure what flavour they are!
The sweets are small and rectangular in shape, white and look and feel like a chalky, powdery consistency. They are easy to chew, and can be sucked but I find them so addictive I can pop them like sweets and eat a pack in one day! With the blackcurrant flavour I do find they have a subtle undertone blackcurrant taste and once bitten into and start chewing they are actually quite juicy and have an addictive kick about them. They are really easy to eat and leave no after taste so they are enjoyable to munch - not something I would expect from an energy sweet really!
Each tablet contains an extremely high level of dextrose which is what makes them so sweet with and the word "Dextrose" is embedded on each one. These energy sweets are meant to be fast acting in terms of an energy boost as Dextrose enters the bloodstream directly and immediately replenishes your energy. Personally I am not so sure they are so quick but this could be because I have consumed them quite a lot over the last few years they take a while to kick in! When I buy a pack nowadays, I usually will eat about 2 or 3 before I feel a bit more alert and give me a good energy boost.
When I was studying for law exams in 2011 (wow 2 years ago now!) I was living off these for some time to help me focus when I was doing lots of reading, highlighting and note making for extended periods of time. I found them quite beneficial for mental exertion and really did help me to focus especially when I was hitting a mid-day sleep period. Nowadays I try to have these in moderation, so may pop some at my desk at work if I am feeling a bit sleepy after lunch, or perhaps on a weekend if I am running around quite busily (as I was last weekend with food shopping, then a trip to Ikea, then going with my best friend to a wedding exhibition then in the evening doing my sisters hair!) as a great pick me up. The effects are quite long lasting, and once I have eaten 2 or 3, it is sufficient for me to have an extra boost for the rest of the day, it is more because I like the taste why I end up eating the whole pack!
The only small niggle is that these sweets/tablets are quite high calories, with each 100g of tablets will provide you with 1549 kcal and 364 kcal. I am not really a calorie watcher so this doesn't bother me too much, but those on a diet may want to stay away from these!
Overall, I really like these tablets and as they come in at better value than buying a can of red bull as a pack of 14 sweets costs about 65p-75p in Superdrug and Boots and they really do work. They taste nice, work well and are pretty cheap so they get my recommendation!
Well that time has come round again and I'm back on placement, this time it's up at 4.30am on the road for 5am and not getting home until 9.30 at night - so I am seriously needing to keep on top of my game, so before I even started I decided I needed a bit of something to keep myself going on these ridiculously long days. I remember years ago we had something like these tablets in our house but they were Lucozade, and well not being much of a fan of Lucozade I was happy to spot these in a nice blackcurrant flavour.
~*~ What are they? ~*~
These tablets, which are a little on the large side are essentially a solid block of energy, they contain 88% dextrose and the rest is vitamins and flavouring. They are tablets that release dextrose into your blood stream to immediately replenish energy, with the added bonus of vitamin C.
~*~ Do they work? ~*~
Well I've never yet fallen asleep at work in three weeks of some seriously long shifts. I don't know what I really expected from them if I'm honest I just hoped they'd do their job - it helps with them if you are actually doing something which warrants you needing to stay awake. I suppose I wanted to sit there and take one and all of a sudden be hyperactive running around and wanting to do everything - but they don't have that kind of an effect. If you are really beginning to flag then they will give you a bit of a pick-up but nothing that will have you thinking of taking on a marathon or anything quite that strenuous.
The texture of these tablets are a bit weird to be honest, they are quite smooth, and in theory you're just meant to suck them until they've completely dissolved - but I am prone to sucking them for 30 seconds then deciding to munch on them because I get bored of having them in my mouth. Because they aren't exactly what you'd call small - so if you need to talk to people, of which I am constantly, you can't even hide them in your cheeks or under your tongue because they are about an inch long by about a centimetre and a half... They're not exactly discreet no matter how hard you try.
The tablets when you first put them in your mouth is quite smooth and flat, but it doesn't take long in your mouth before you can tell they are about to start falling apart and the temptation is to bite them. When you do though they become a little bit powdery where the chunks have broken off - which is a texture I'm not too keen on but I put up with it so I can get that bit of energy boost while I'm at work. The flavour makes up for it though, it might not be Ribena flavour blackcurrant but it's better than just tasting plain powder.
As you can imagine there is a high sugar content in these tablets and they work out quite a lot more than your recommended daily allowance so they aren't really appropriate to be taking all day every day. In a 47g packet you have about 180 calories so you aren't really adding a lot of calories to your diet but to be honest if you are on your feet and taking them - you'll more than likely burn of those few excess calories you're taking in by taking the tablets. The packet has about 15 tablets in and I've not found I've needed any more than 1 or 2 in a day so they've lasted me a while. Expiry date gives you about a year to get through them all so you'll more than likely not waste them, so if you're having lots of busy days I do recommend them - because they give you that boost you need without making you bounce off the walls.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I got my packet from Superdrug for 65p they are quite cheap and come in various flavours - my Superdrug only had 2 flavours but I have seen other flavours in my local pharmacy, so it looks a bit like the pick of the draw depends where you get your packet from! Drug stores, online and pharmacies are your best bet to find these!
I have a major concern over the current use of Dextro Energy sweets in my local children's football team. Children as young as 6 years old are being routinely given these at half-time by the couple who run the team.
These people have been questioned about this by some of the parents and have given a firm reassurance that the children have not been told that they are performance enhancing, but contradict themselves by saying they are given to "help replace vital minerals lost when participating in strenuous activity, to ensure cramp etc did not leave them vulnerable to injury".
I have read the other reviews here and whilst I am not overly concerned about physical harm to these children I am minded of those who mention undiagnosed conditions, which may be masked; in their reviews.
My main concern is in the concept/ethos of presenting such young children with a concept that their football will benefit from taking "a go faster pill". Even if anything given was a complete placebo I find it disturbing that unskilled people are influencing other peoples children's experiences with the sinister concept of performance enhancement.
Will these children be more readily accepting of going on to use amphetamines and the like for the same purpose when they become teenagers? The Football Association has guidance over these matters
TO Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.
AND TO Promote ethical principles.
I am of the mind that INTRODUCING THE CONCEPT OF A PILL TO GIVE YOU ENERGY TO PLAY IS SURELY UNSPORTING & UNETHICAL - PARTICULARLY IN RELATION TO 6 YEAR OLD'S!!!!
I would be interested in feedback about this dilema as I intend to deal with the issue raised and would like to consider all angles first.
As you will be aware from reading a few of my previous reviews, I was diagnosed with Lupus some 27 years ago, which has unfortunately weakened my immune system and results in me frequently becoming tired and always catching coughs and colds. Consequently, for as long as I can remember, I eat a couple of Dextro Energy Tablets on a daily basis.
The sweets are available in a few flavours and I generally tend to purchase either the blackcurrant or orange. There are fourteen tablets in each 47g pack; each of which contains 88% of dextrose and Vitamin C. The pack is somewhat plain in appearance and shows an image of a man's face and another image of a running man and we are advised that these tablets will provide direct energy. Whilst my body will never rid of the horrid disease, my consultant recommended I regularly take these tablets to assist with both my symptoms and general wellbeing.
The purpose of the tablets is that their high dextrose content provides the body with a rapid energy boost, particularly as dextrose is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. These tablets are also an essential item for my hubby who is a type 1 diabetic. It is essential that he carries on his person something sweet for those times that he suffers a hypoglycaemic attack, which is when the body's blood glucose levels drop to a dangerous level.
The only downside of the tablets is that after you open them by pulling the tiny paper tab to remove the one side of the wrapping, it is then very difficult to keep the remaining tablets covered. Consequently, hubby and I each purchased a small tobacco tin and empty out the contents. Otherwise, you will find that the remaining tablets will either fall out of the packet or become slightly damp.
Whilst I do not wish to give a biology lesson, I feel it is appropriate to give a little background information as to the importance of quickly raising the blood sugar levels in a Type 1 diabetic. Unfortunately, hubby's pancreas does not produce insulin and his body is subsequently unable to naturally manage his blood glucose levels.
Hubby controls his diabetes by counting carbohydrates and injects himself several times a day with the appropriate amount of insulin. Ever since he was diagnosed, some 10 years ago, he has always carried around a packet of Dextro Energy tablets and during the unfortunate times of when his blood glucose levels drop anything below 3.9, he will take four of these tablets. This is very easy for him to manage as the manufacturers, namely Ceuta Healthcare Ltd advise that four tablets equals one carbohydrate, which consequently rapidly raise his blood glucose levels.
As these are energy tablets they are particularly beneficial for people who are feeling a little run down, athletes and for anyone who is in the need of an energy boost. In my case, I always tend to feel extremely tired and experience an energy slump mid-afternoon, which often leaves me feeling a little light headed. Whilst I would love to reach for a bar of chocolate, which incidentally, will only provide a short-lived energy boost, one of these tablets provides a longer lasting effect.
As each tablet contains an extremely high level of dextrose they are extremely sweet with each tablet measuring approximately 1½ cm in width, 2½ cm in length and ¾ cm in height with the word "Dextrose" etched on each one. The tablet should be chewed and is very pleasant to taste, particularly the blackcurrant flavour. The only way I can describe them is a little powdery, but very enjoyable, as they simply melt in your mouth.
The only downside of these tablets is the high calories, but to be honest, in both the cases of hubby and myself, this is unimportant, particularly as we take them for health reasons as opposed to enjoyment. Each 100g of tablets will provide you with 1549 kcal and 364 kcal, 91g of carbohydrates; of which 82g is sugars and 81g is dextrose.
There is a use by date on the packet, which is generally around 12 months after purchase. Would I recommend these? Most definitely, particularly as they are highly suited for absolutely everybody, from diabetics to athletes and for those who generally require an instant energy boost. In my experience of using these tablets I honestly feel that they actually work and help me through those difficult periods of considerable tiredness that I suffer during the day.
Dextrose Energy Tablets can be purchased in most supermarkets and chemists, but I have noticed that some shops will charge an astronomical amount of money for just one packet, such as Boots. Consequently, when we see them on offer, we tend to bulk buy. However, the normal price for these tablets tends to be around 50p, which in my opinion is excellent value for money.
Consequently, these tablets receive 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
As some of you will know, my son is Diabetic, due to this we need a constant supply of glucose tablets.
Diabetics need glucose tablets in the event of a 'hypo'. One of the causes of a 'Hypo' (hypoglycaemic) is going without food for too long, their blood sugar drops to a very low level and they feel, among other things, dizzy and feint. This happens to non-diabetics as well when they haven't eaten for a long time, although on a much smaller scale.
Glucose is very fast acting; this means that it will reach your bloodstream a lot faster than other foods, thus giving you a quick energy boost.
Dextro tablets are similar a packet of Refresher sweets. You get ten rectangular tablets wrapped together in glossy paper. The tablets themselves are white and very chalky, they are similar to Refreshers in texture although they have a chalky finish rather than the smoother feel of the Refreshers.
They taste quite like Refreshers as well, just without the overwhelming flavour.
The flavours that seem to be available at the moment are:
Original - Just very sweet and sugary
Blackcurrant -Very artificial flavour, like undiluted blackcurrant squash
Orange - Very tangy, a little (just a little) like fresh squeezed orange juice
Lemon - Again, very tangy. With a hint of lemon, more sugary than 'lemony' though
Although I primarily buy them for my son, I do have one every now and again. They do seem to perk me up a little. Not a great deal, but there is a definite boost in energy.
I actually found another use for them while preparing for my 2nd driving test (I failed the 1st one due to nerves).
I remembered reading about an experiment when researching an essay on prejudice for my psychology class.
The researchers basically performed various tests on people who hold prejudiced views, then gave them a can of (full sugar) Coke to drink. They then studied them again and found that the participants expressed less prejudice after drinking the Coke. (obviously it was a little more technical than this!) The idea was that the sugar in the Coke gave them the energy needed to suppress the negative thoughts.
I reasoned that extra energy could help me suppress my negative thoughts (the nerves). So off I went on the test day armed with my trusty Dextro tablets.
I have to say that it worked... maybe even a little too well. I went from 15 minor faults, a serious, and a dangerous (don't ask, lol! I was as bad as Maureen from Driving School!), to 3 minors and a serious - speeding! A huge improvement.
So, in my experience, Dextro tablets give extra energy to both body and mind, so they really do what they claim to. They are also an essential for us as my son could get very poorly without them so I would have to recommend them to all, and award them.... 5 stars!
If you would like to try them, they are widely available, from most pharmacies and supermarkets, and typically cost 47-57p.
Dextrose comes in many forms and is used for many things, it is found in things like Lucozade and various other energy boosting products, however I use Dextro Energy Sweets for a different reason. At the age of 12 I was diagnoses as being diabetic, now although this meant my blood sugar levels were too high due to my body not producing insulin it also meant I was at risk of my blood sugar levels going to low caused by me not getting the balance of insulin and what activities I was doing quite right. Inorder to get my blood sugar levels back up to a safe level of around about 4 - 9 the hospital recommended I use a dextrose based energy sweet or drink. Now an energy drink is fine at home but for convenience I decided to give Dextro Energy sweets a try, and I have to say they really do work!!!!!!
The Packaging and Price
Dextro Energy sweets are wrapped in a predominately white foil coated wrapper with the words Dextro Energy written across the middle and a coloured arrow beneath this, the colour depends on the flavour. You get approximately 14 rectangle sweets per pack, the pack weights 47g and costs around 58p from Tesco, however the price may depend on where you buy them from. The packet can be opened by pulling a small tab on the side which tears a strip out of the top of the packet. I find them very simple to open, even when my blood sugar levels are low and my hands tend to shake a bit I can easily access the sweets inside the packet. The ingredients are on the side of the packet and are clear enough to read. On the side of the packet is the nutritional values
Nutritional Values (Per 100g)
Energy 1549 kj
of which sugar 82g
of which dextrose 81g
Vitamin C 120 mg (I have orange flavour
The sweets come in a variety of flavours including orange, blackcurrent and original. I have not tired the original ones but I particularly like the orange flavour and there is the add bonus of them including vitamin C. I would have expected the sweets to be very sugary tasting and sickly but they are far from it. The flavouring is strong (but not overpowering) and I think that due to the flavours being fruity it takes some of the sweetness away making them very pleasant to eat. I personally think that the sweets have a cold feel about them when eating them, but that is probably just me.
What I particularly like about Dextro Energy Sweets is that they are small enough to fit into your handbag (even a small handbag on a night out) or can easily
be put into your pocket during sports, I find this very handy up the gym!!!!
How They Work
I do not know all the complicated medical side of things but dextrose helps to raise the blood sugar levels quite quickly, therefore if my blood sugar drops below the safe level of 4 all I need to do is simply have about 3 Dextro Energy Sweets and within 5 or 10 mins sometimes sooner my blood sugar level has returned to normal. They amount of sweets needed depends on how low your blood sugar levels are, if they are particularly low you made need more than 3 sweets. The amount also depends on the person and Dextro Energy Sweets may not be for everyone, I know another diabetic who could eat nearly a whole packet of these and it would hardly raise his blood sugar levels at all, so everyone is different.
If I had one complaint about Dextro Energy sweets it would be that once the packet is opened you do waste some of them, the packet cannot be resealed and therefore a couple of sweets may fall out of the packet or get crushed and crumbled up (not what you want in the bottom of your handbag) I do use another brand of Dextrose sweets aswell which come in a large tub of around 50 sweets and come with a plastic tube, around 10 - 12 sweets fit in the tube and it can be refilled, it protects the sweets from becoming crumbled up and wasted. I think that Dextro Energy Sweets would be much more economical if they adopted a method like this as it would prevent sweets from being wasted.
Overall I would certainly recommend Dextro Energy Sweets from a medical point of view. They are very good at raising my blood sugar levels quickly should they become too low.
From a medical point of view they are good at raising blood sugar levels for diabetics
Come in a variety of flavours
Not very economical as the design of that packet means it cannot be resealed and some sweets get wasted and crumbled up.
The ever useful glucose tabs.
Dextros are a renowned name in these - I don't honestly think they have many competitors. They come in small paper tubes from supermarkets, (food stores generally) and health food shops
These are fast acting chewable glucose form squashed in to a flat tablet. I find they take about 10 minutes to start kicking in. I usually eat a couple at a time - many more than that and I feel jittery.
As predictable they do taste very sweet and chemical based. They do come in variety of flavours and I do find that some are more pallatable that others (the lemon and orange cover the chemical taste poss due to their citric base)
They are in a compressed powder form which will dissolve if left on the tongue. If you chew them they crumble in to a fine powder and then become a paste as them mixe with saliva - moake sure you are quite nicely hydrated as if you have a dry mouth this can be rather unpleasant.
The problem with this sort of energy supplement is that it is very hard to ever truly identify whether it actualy works or not as you could just be getting a second wind when you get a spurt of energy due to something else you ate or you body naturally recovering, similarly f there is no apparent effect then maybe the cause of your fatigue is not linked to blood sugar levels but maybe to some other health issue or the fact that you are too drained and rest is the only solution.
I occasionally use these energy tablets either when I'm tired at work or more often when I'm out hiking and need an energy boost if I know there is some steep inclines ahead of me.
Dextro energy tablets are basicallu glucose tablets which dissolves and gets into your system quickly, they come in a number of flavours, mu personal favourite is backcurrent. They are a plain white sweet, flatish and rectangular in shape, when you pop one into your moth they start to dissolve and melt away really quickly, they are also quite crumbly as they dissolve and require no chewing to speak of other than an intial crunch to get them going.
You can certainly taste the sugar in them and there is a hint of flavouring but it is rather subtle and not easily identifiable as blackcurrent, only the after taste that stays in your mouth for a while afterwards identifies it as a fruity taste and I guess at a push I would say it is blachcurrent flavour but very soft.
Do they work? Well I reckon I get some benefit from them, whether it is psychological or physical is hard to say, they will not have you bouncing off the walls or running a sub 10 second 100m dash but they can give you a little boost if you need it and certainly help me tackle thos steep hills in the Lakes and Dales.
What can I say about Dextro Energy Tablets. I find them very useful to have in the cupboard so that when I need just that extra boost of engery I can then have one. They are very easy to use and come in very handysize packets or tubes.I have only have had the Classic Flavour and the Blackcurrant Flavour. You also can get Lemon,and Tropical flavours which I have not tried.
They are specially formulated to provide a person with physical and mental energy The content of the tablets is 8% dextrose- this is one of the body's main sources of engery.
They can be used when you need that extra boost in sport or mental concentration. My daughter has them and thay certainly have helped her as she suffers from ME so she relies a lot on Energy tablets like Dextro
The ingredients is Dextrose 82%
Maltodextrin, Anti-caking agent [Magnesium Salts of fatty Acids]
Citric acid Vitamin C, Flavouring.
You are advised on the packet to have 1-3 tablets as required and always eat proper meals as well.
T he best flavour which I enjoy when I have had to need them for extra boost is the Classic Flavour.
Dextro Energy Tablets - Orange flavour
These things have been around for a long time - I used to eat them while still at college so about 6 years at least.
I haven't tried them but there are different flavours - I stuck with what I know and got the good old Orange flavour while having a wander around local chemist type shop. Cost me 47p so still not expensive to buy. You can also find them in the bigger supermarkets, as I've seen them in Asda and Tesco.
What are they for ?
Well they're meant to give you a quick fix / boost of energy, they are high in glucose type stuff (Dextrose) which the body turns into energy quickly to fuel your body, and keep you going. Much the same idea as Lucozade and energy sports type drinks but in 'tablet' form.
What are they like ?
They come in a easy to open handy size small packet and are not like tablets in the usual sense...you don't swallow them....you just eat them.
( PMSL@the thought of trying to swallow one of these ! )
The tablets are off-white sort of colour rectangle shapes with Dextro indented into them. They have a chalky / powdery look and feel to them, but they taste good - like orange flavour.
They disintegrate in your mouth pretty quickly and don't taste chalky...they melt away in your mouth nicely leaving the aftertaste of..yep...orange - no nasty aftertaste.
Directions: take 1-3 tablets as required, always eat proper meals.
Ingredients: Dextrose (82%), Maltodextrin, Anti-caking Agent
(Magnesium Salts Of Fatty Acids), Citric Acid, Vitamin C, Flavouring.
Well I dutifully ate 3...and...
Not a lot !
No magical boost of energy over here. Though upon disregarding instructions completely and munching half a packet of them as I remember doing in the good old days...
(also have fond memories of pro-plus and red bull seeing me through some though days..lol...bad me.)
...there is a slight boost on eating twice the recommended dosage but nothing spectacular, nothing that a good strong coffee couldn't do for me really. But maybe thats just me.
On a more serious note though if you have small kids then I'd be sure to keep these things out of sight/reach as they do look and taste like sweets...pretty nice sweets at that.
So unless you're going to eat them by the packet-load - which I wouldn't recommend...they're not really anything fantastic for your average person, don't know if would be more suited to the more sporty people out there, as unlike most energy things this has no caffine.
In my humble opinion you'd be better off putting the kettle on *or* getting some Lucozade sport drink - which I find perks me up enough to get me through those horrible "I've got a cold / I'm so tired / I feel like poop" kind of days.
Though that said at least they've got vitamin C in there so maybe a good little stand-by for colds, for those who don't want the more caffine based pick-me-up's.
Not for me...I'll stick with my Tea / Coffee / Pepsi / Lucozade thanks very much...all tried and tested and get me through a rough day !!
Thanks for reading, also on ciao with same user-name.
Glucose tablets provide a fast acting source of energy for both mental and physical activity as they are quickly absorbed into the body. Available in several flavours.