Jasmine Campbell's Jargon Buster!


How we sometimes feel looking at the ingredients!
Struggling to figure out what all those ingredients are on the packaging? Here, Jasmine explains exactly what they all mean:

Beta Carotene – Used by your body to make Vitamin A.

Caffeine – A powerful stimulant that can improve physical and mental performance.

Calcium Lactate – A calcium supplement usually used to fortify foods.

Carob – Extracted from carob bean and is a substitute for chocolate.

Citric Acid – Is made in the body to create cellular energy via the Kreb’s Cycle.

Collagen Hydrolysate – A form of gelatin.

Dextrose – Is a form of glucose commonly derived from starch.

Electrolytes – Salts into their component ions such as sodium, chloride, calcium, lactate, potassium chloride, magnesium, bicarbonate etc.

Fiber – Carbohydrates from plant foods that pass through the digestive tract and do not get absorbed.

Fructose – A very sweet tasting carbohydrate from fruits, honey and fructose corn syrup.

Fructose-Glucose Syrup – Carbohydrate syrup combination of fructose and glucose, both use different intestinal transporters for absorption. 

Glucose Syrup – Syrup made of glucose, can vary depending on different manufacturing processes.

Gluten – Proteins found in proteins found in wheat, rye, barley etc.

Inverted Sugar Syrup – A sweet syrup where sucrose has been split into glucose and fructose.

Isomaltulose – Also known as Palatinose, which is a carbohydrate composed of glucose and fructose used as an alternative to other sugars.

Isotonic – A liquid containing similar concentrations of salt and sugar to the blood, therefore having the same osmotic pressure.

L-carnitine – Is an amino acid derivative sourced from food and made in the body.

Lactose – A sugar (glucose and galactose) mainly sourced from dairy products.

Maltodextrin – A food additive: dextrin containing maltose.

Milk Protein Isolate – Proteins (casein and whey) separated from other components of milk.

Niacin – Known as Vitamin B3, which is necessary to support the functions of many specific enzymes.

Nitrate – Is produced in the body and obtained by consumption of vegetables. It is also a synthetic food preservative. 

Pantothenic Acid – Known as Vitamin B5, used to metabolise fat, carbohydrates and protein.

Pea Protein – Protein from peas, typically used as an alternative for dairy derived protein, has an amino acid profile typical of legumes.

Potassium Sorbate – A food preservative.

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride – A Vitamin B6 dietary supplement.

Riboflavin – Known as Vitamin B2, which is necessary to support the functions of proteins/enzymes.

Rice Syrup – A sugary syrup made from rice.

Sodium Chloride – Commonly known as salt.

Sodium Phosphate – A generic term for a variety sodium and phosphate salts, typically used as an additive in food.

Soy Lecithin – An emulsifier sometimes marked as E322 derived from soybeans.

Soya Flour – Ground soya beans.

Soya Protein – Protein that has been isolated from soybeans.

Sucrose – A simple sugar (carbohydrate) made of fructose and glucose commonly known as table sugar.

Tapioca Syrup – Syrup sweetener from tapioca starch extracted from cassava root.

Thiamin - Known as Vitamin B1, which plays a critical role in energy metabolism.

Thiamine Mononitrate – A stable nitrate form of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

Vitamin C – Is also known as ascorbic acid and is a water-soluble vitamin and anti-oxidant.

Whey Protein Concentrate – Whey protein that has a low amount of fat but higher amount of carbohydrate comparatively.

Whey Protein Hydrolysate - Whey protein where the long chains of amino acids have been broken down into individual amino acids.

Whey Protein Isolate - Whey protein that contains a comparatively higher amount of protein and very little if any fat and carbohydrates.


1 comment


  • Steve Reynolds

    Thanks Jas……


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