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What is Glycerol?


Glycerol refers to a syrupy liquid that has no odor or color but has a sweet taste. Technically, glycerol is a sugar alcohol tastes 60 percent like sucrose and contains a 4.32 calorie per gram. A bar of high protein usually has around 18 to 25 grams of glycerol. When glycerol is consumed in high levels, it leads to diarrhea or an upset stomach. Ideally, one should not exceed 100 grams of glycerol content in a day. Glycerol is not seen as a carbohydrate because it is derived from fats and oils. It is generally used to preserve moisture from air, something that carbohydrates don’t do. Administering glycerol orally can lead to hydration problems. This is because glycerol lacks the capability to cling onto water and it is said to absorb a lot of moisture that can facilitate growth of mold unless antiseptics and softening agents are added. Its ability to hold water is useful in maintaining the softness of bars.

Benefits of Glycerol

Because of its moisture retaining ability, glycerol can be helpful to bodybuilders and athletes who can use it to enhance performance and support hydration ahead of athletic events. Glycerol dosage to achieve super hydration varies from one person to another. It is advisable that athletes experiment adequately before using it in competitions. A person desiring to use glycerol should start with 1 gram for each kilogram of weight as well as one and half to two liters of water. These should be taken at least four hours before the event. Bodybuilders may want to take glycerol before they appear on stage in lesser levels without taking water. This helps shift the water present in the body from tissues into the bloodstream temporarily. Taking glycerol supplements while on poor diet does not work for people whose bodies have small layers of fat.

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