Smart Carb : Superstarch, a complex carbohydrate absorbed as exogenous energy
Despite decades of research and the creation of a billion-dollar sports beverage industry, there has been little innovation in carbohydrate formulation. Many of the current formulas still rely on sugars, with a focus on fast exogenous energy.
Smart carbohydrates would provide exogenous energy and use of carbohydrates as fuel to prevent spikes and crashes and increase blood glucose maintenance, cause low insulin impact and increase fat breakdown and utilization.
SuperStarch® is an innovative solution that overcomes the negative qualities of existing carbohydrate drinks and is an energy solution for anyone with a low carbohydrate diet. Super Starch is neither sugar nor fibre. It is a complex carbohydrate or starch that is completely absorbed as exogenous energy (unlike a fibre) but does not spike blood sugar or blood insulin making it a carbohydrate that is compatible with a low-carb diet because it allows you to freely use fat for fuel.
“SuperStarch is a major advancement and is legitimately the most exciting development in sports nutrition this century,” says Dr. Jeff Volek, a leading researcher and author on low-carb diets. “Super Starch provides a source of carbohydrate that delivers steady energy without blocking the ability to burn fat.”
The Authentic Origins of SuperStarch®
The development of SuperStarch has evolved from an innovative product discovery of a food that could provide up to 10 hours of energy (as glucose) to children with Glycogen Storage Disease and to diabetics who often experience episodes of low blood sugar during the night.
The patented and proprietary method for making SuperStarch involves the hydrothermal (heat-moisture) treatment of non-GMO cornstarch, which significantly alters the metabolism of carbohydrate in the body and causes it to break down slowly over time without causing a significant increase in blood sugar or exogenous energy.
Keeping your insulin low with Smart Carb
Since SuperStarch is basically flat-line insulin, a low-carb hormone, we finally have an energy-sustaining carbohydrate that doesn’t block your body’s ability to burn fat (the red line on the graph above shows the insulin response of SuperStarch. The main factor for staying in ketosis and the primary goal of a low carb diet is to keep insulin low, which is a key feature of SuperStarch.
The slow release of SuperStarch from the intestine to the bloodstream stabilizes blood glucose for a long period of time, especially in ketosis or low carbohydrate diets, as you have already trained your body to rely heavily on fatty acids for fuel.
How to Use SuperStarch® on a Low Carb Diet
Super Starch is found exclusively in UCAN products for daily nutrition and is the only source of energy of its kind. UCAN powdered drink mixtures and bars, powered by SuperStarch, can be used by athletes and individuals on low carbohydrate diets in multiple ways:
- Use UCAN Energy Powders 30 minutes before long and intense workouts to maintain your energy without an increase in insulin that limits your ability to burn fat.
- Mix UCAN into a post-workout protein shake, especially after a hard session, to avoid a post-workout crash and to replenish your glycogen without an increase in insulin that limits your ability to burn fat after workout.
- At the beginning of your diet, when you may suffer from “low carb flu” and carb/sugar cravings, take a UCAN scoop between meals to help maintain your blood sugar and improve your diet compliance.
Remember, while carbohydrates are present in UCAN products, our SuperStarch carb behaves differently from traditional carb sources by slowly breaking down without a significant increase in exogenous energy, blood sugar and insulin, making it a Smart Carb for those on a low carb diet.
What is Smart Carbs?
Smart Carbs are Complex Carbohydrates that offer fiber for gastrointestinal health, slow-released carbohydrates for sustained energy levels, and fuel for the brain while simple carbohydrates create a surge in blood sugar that wreaks havoc on energy levels – think spike and crash!
How Do Smart Carb Works?
A smart carbohydrate would provide a slower release and use of carbohydrate as fuel to avoid the spike and crash phenomena and extend maintenance of blood glucose, causing a low insulin impact and allowing increased breakdown and utilization of fat.
What are Smart Carbs food options?
Fruits, vegetables, seeds, beans, nuts, and whole grains are our suggested Smart Carb food options for you!
How to adopt Smart Carbs diet?
First, we can try to eliminate cakes, sweets, pasta, and bread! Then, find a routine for healthier meal choices that cut out these simple carbohydrates!
Why Smart Carbs are important?
Our body requires about 60-65% carbohydrates to feed the brain, nervous system, and muscles. Glucose is the predominant carbohydrate used in the body. Your brain relies on glucose to meet its energy needs. You can see why the right kind of carbohydrates is essential for a balanced body.