- What are the ingredients that make Extend Snacks so effective?
- Do other snacks contain these ingredients?
- Who can benefit from using Extend Snacks?
- When should I eat Extend Snacks to get the maximum benefit?
- How do Extend Snacks help to prevent low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)?
- Can Extend Snacks be used to treat low blood sugar episodes?
- How do Extend Snacks help prevent high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) in the morning?
- How do Extend Snacks help to suppress appetite?
- How do the ExtendBar Crunch and Delight formulas compare?
- How did you reduce the carbs in the Extendbar Delight bars?
- In what way are Extend Snacks better than other low-carb and sugar-free foods?
- Can I lose weight using this product?
- What is the glycemic index and glycemic load of Extend Snacks and why is it important?
- How do Extend Snacks improve exercise performance and recovery?
- Is the product kosher?
- Are Extend Snacks gluten free?
- Should I consult a physician before I use Extend Snacks?
1. What are the ingredients that make Extend Snacks so effective?
The key ingredient that makes Extend Snacks so effective is uncooked cornstarch. Uncooked cornstarch is a very complex, low glycemic carbohydrate that digests and converts to blood sugar very, very slowly. Interestingly, once corn or cornstarch is heated or cooked, as it is in most of the food products we eat containing corn, it becomes a simple, high-glycemic carbohydrate that works just the opposite, converting to blood sugar very rapidly.
In Extend Snacks, 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 Extend Snack combination – patented by Dr. Francine Kaufman, a physician specializing in metabolism – converts to blood sugar more gradually than any other snack and is the only one clinically proven to help stabilize blood sugar levels for up to 9 hours.
2. Do other snacks contain these ingredients?
The formula used in Extend Snacks is patent-protected, so no other snack contains this combination of ingredients shown to help stabilize blood sugar for up to 9 hours. Most other snacks contain carbohydrates that aren't as long-acting and complex as those in Extend Snacks, so they convert to blood sugar more rapidly and therefore can’t help stabilize blood sugar levels as long as Extend Snacks.
3. Who can benefit from using Extend Snacks?
Anyone who would like to better manage their blood sugar levels can benefit from Extend Snacks.
People with diabetes – Whether you have Type 1, Type 2, gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes or insulin-resistance, Extend offers great snacks for you. It won’t cause the blood sugar spikes and swings other foods can, making it much easier to manage your blood sugar levels.
Individuals trying to lose or manage weight – When used as a between meal snack, Extend Snacks can help you control your hunger for up to 9 hours, so you snack less and even eat an average of 21% fewer calories at mealtime. And because our ExtendBar Delight and ExtendCrisps won’t raise blood sugar levels significantly, you won’t see a spike in insulin levels, so your body will be more likely to burn fat for fuel and less likely to produce and store fat.
People who struggle with episodes of low blood sugar unrelated to diabetes – Even if you don’t have diabetes, you can still appreciate the ability of ExtendSnacks to help prevent low blood sugar for up to 9 hours, particularly if you have:
- Reactive Hypoglycemia
- Experience low blood sugar during, or hours after exercise
- Often skip a meal or go too long between meals
Individuals who want to maintain a high energy level or improve their exercise performance and recovery – Because Extend Snacks convert to blood sugar gradually over 9 hours, they provide you with a sustained supply of energy to help get you through the most physically demanding activity or your most hectic day and prevent the drops in blood sugar that can hurt your performance or slow you down.
4. When should I eat Extend Snacks to get the maximum benefit?
When you should eat an Extend Snack depends on which Extend Snack benefits are most important to you.
To prevent low blood sugar – Eat an Extend Snack about an hour or two before you think an episode of low blood sugar is most likely to occur. If low blood sugar is a frequent problem overnight, take an Extend Snack as a bed time snack. If it’s a problem during or after exercise or any physically demanding activity, take an Extend Snack an hour before the activity begins. If you experience low blood sugar when you go too long between meals or skip a meal, use an Extend Snack as a healthy, between-meal snack.
To prevent high blood sugar in the morning – If you find you are going to bed with a normal blood sugar level, but waking with a blood sugar level much higher, eating an Extend Snack as a bed-time snack can help. In a clinical study where an Extend Snack was used as a bed time snack, it was shown to reduce high morning blood sugar readings by an average of 28%.
To help control your hunger – Use an Extend Snack as a healthy, between-meal snack, an hour or two after a meal, to keep your hunger from sabotaging you during your most vulnerable times of the day.
To maximize the benefits of your low-carb lifestyle – One of the key benefits of low-carb foods is that they won’t cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to spike, so your body is more likely to burn fat for fuel and less likely to produce and store fat. Because ExtendBar Delights, ExtendCrisps and ExtendShakes convert to blood sugar gradually over 9 hours – far longer than any other low-carb snacks. Each Extend Snack can extend these low-carb benefits for most of the day (if taken in the morning); also through the afternoon and evening (if taken just after lunch); even overnight (if taken as a bed-time snack)!
5. How do Extend Snacks help to prevent low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)?
Unlike the carbohydrates in most foods we eat that convert to blood sugar within a couple of hours, the naturally complex carbohydrates in Extend Snacks break down gradually to help prevent your blood sugar level from dropping too low for up to 9 hours. The torture test for this, not surprisingly, is at night while you sleep and can't replenish your blood sugar supply with food. In several clinical studies where an Extend Snack formula was eaten as a bedtime snack, the incidence of low blood sugar was reduced by 75%.
Extend Snacks can help prevent low blood sugar any time it's likely to occur:
- Overnight - when your body has no supply of blood sugar from food. An Extend Snack before bed will help prevent low blood sugar throughout the night.
- During, and even hours after any vigorous activity or exercise - when your body uses a lot more blood sugar than normal. Eating an Extend Snack before the activity begins helps prevent low blood sugar during and even several hours after the activity ends.
- When a meal get delayed – Having an Extend Snack as a snack will help provide your body with the blood sugar it needs to function properly until you have a chance to eat a complete meal.
6. Can Extend Snacks be used to treat low blood sugar episodes?
Once an episode of low blood sugar occurs (a blood sugar level below 70mg/dl) you should consume a food or beverage with rapid-acting carbohydrates (10-15 grams) to bring your blood sugar quickly back up to normal. A 4 oz. glass of fruit juice or regular cola, a Tbsp of honey, an 8 oz. glass of nonfat milk, 6 pieces of hard candy (as long as it’s not sugar-free), 3 glucose tablets or a tube of glucose gel should work well.
Since Extend Snacks contain primarily the longer-acting carbohydrates, they are not an appropriate treatment for low blood sugar once it occurs. However, because the symptoms of low blood sugar can come on quickly and can be serious if not treated promptly, it is best to prevent low blood sugar from happening in the first place. Only Extend Snacks help provide a continuous supply of blood sugar for up to 9 hours – longer than any other snack – to help prevent episodes of low blood sugar.
7. How do Extend Snacks help prevent high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) in the morning?
What many people with diabetes don't understand is that having your blood sugar drop too low during the night, can actually cause your blood sugar to be high first thing in the morning, even before you eat. That's because as you sleep, your blood sugar level naturally drops. When your blood sugar level gets too low during the night, your liver releases glycogen (a stored form of glucose) into your blood stream. This quickly raises your blood sugar levels, often causing high blood sugar.
When eaten at bedtime, an Extend Snack can help prevent your blood sugar level from dropping low enough to trigger the release of glycogen from your liver. In fact, in a clinical study where an Extend Snack was eaten as a bedtime snack, morning blood sugar levels were an average of 28% lower.
8. How do Extend Snacks help to suppress appetite?
Extend Snacks do not contain any ingredients that chemically suppress your appetite, like ephedra, caffeine or guarana. Instead Extend Snacks help naturally control your hunger by helping to prevent one of the key triggers of appetite – your blood sugar dropping too quickly or too low.
Unlike Extend Snacks, most common snacks contain carbohydrates that convert rapidly to blood sugar, sending your blood sugar soaring. Then within a couple of hours it crashes back down, triggering your appetite and you’re hungry again within just a couple of hours of eating. But Extend Snacks contain a very slow-burning, long-acting carbohydrate which converts to blood sugar very gradually, helping to prevent your blood sugar from dropping low enough to trigger your appetite for up to 9 hours. In this way Extend Snacks help you control your hunger naturally.
When clinically tested, eating an Extend Snack as a between meal snack helped control appetite and reduced calories consumed at the next meal by an average of 21%. In addition to a more satisfied feeling throughout the day, many people have reported significant weight loss after using ExtendBar regularly.
9. How do the ExtendBar Crunch and Delight formulas compare?
- Contain similar amounts of the long-acting carbohydrates that are necessary to help stabilize blood sugar for up to 9 hours
- Are low in fat, cholesterol-free and contain no trans-fats, so they are deliciously heart healthy
- Have only 150-160 calories per bar
- Have low glycemic index
- Are Kosher
ExtendBar Delight Bars:
- Have only 1-2 grams of the faster-acting (net) carbs, to help prevent any rise in blood sugar, while the Crunch has 10-11 net carbs
- Have only zero to 1 grams of sugar versus 10 grams of fructose in the Crunch formula
- Are high in fiber (5 grams) and protein (11-12 grams) for those trying to add more of these nutrients to their diet
- Are gluten free
- Have low glycemic index and low glycemic load
- Are sweetened with a combination of sucralose (Splenda) and maltitol (sugar alcohol), instead of the combination of fructose and maltitol used in our Crunch formula
10. How did you reduce the carbs in the Extendbar Delight bars?
We replaced many of the carbohydrates (rice crisps and fructose) with low glycemic carbohydrates (soy crisps, fiber and sucralose (Splenda)). This not only reduced the net carbs in ExtendBar Delights, but also added more fiber and protein to the formula.
11. In what way are Extend Snacks better than other low-carb and sugar-free foods?
Like Extend Snacks, most low-carb and sugar-free foods have few fast-converting (net) carbs. So 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 or night like Extend Snacks. So within a couple of hours your blood sugar drops, triggering your hunger and leaving you susceptible to episodes of low blood sugar. And many low-carb snacks 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 Snacks 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 to help prevent low blood sugar and keep your appetite under control for up to 9 hours. And because Extend Snacks contain no cholesterol or trans-fats, it’s also deliciously heart healthy.
12. Can I lose weight using this product?
Unlike many weight loss products on the market, ExtendSnacks does not claim to "burn fat" or "speed up your metabolism", but they can help you to lose weight naturally in two ways. First, because ExtendSnacks convert so slowly to blood sugar, they won’t cause the spike in insulin production that encourages your body to produce and store fat.
Second, because Extend Snacks continue to provide you with a modest amount blood sugar for up to 9 hours, they work as a natural appetite suppressant, helping you to avoid unhealthy snacking between meals and eat less at meals. In clinical studies, people that used an Extend Snack between meals ate an average of 21% fewer calories at their next meal.
So when used regularly (2-3 daily), Extend Snacks can help you steadily lose weight in a more sustainable way.
13. What is the glycemic index and glycemic load of Extend Snacks and why is it important?
All Extend Snack flavors have a low glycemic index (GI), and our Extendbar Delights and ExtendCrisps also have a low glycemic load (GL). The GI and GL provide good indicators of how much your blood sugar will increase within two hours of eating a particular food. This is very important to know when you’re trying to manage your blood sugar levels -- whether your goal is to better control your diabetes or manage your weight.
Unfortunately, the GI and GL only measure blood sugar response for 2 hours – the time in which most commonly eaten carbohydrates digest. But unique snacks like Extend Snacks, offers a benefit other low GI and GL foods can’t. It converts gradually to blood sugar over 7-9 hours. So they continues to help stabilize blood sugar levels long after other low-carb snacks have stopped.
For perspective the following ranges are considered to be low, medium and high for the glycemic index and glycemic load.
The glycemic testing on Extend Snacks was done by the Human Nutrition Unit at the University of Sydney in Australia -- the leader in glycemic index research and testing for over 10 years. During that time they have determined GI values for more than 350 foods. In the testing, glucose was used as the reference food, which has a glycemic index of 100.
14. How do Extend Snacks improve exercise performance and recovery?
With most types of exercise and strenuous physical activity, the body’s rate of using blood sugar (energy) increases both during the activity and for several hours after. And it’s not uncommon for a person to hit a point when their energy level suddenly drops and they experience symptoms of low blood sugar (headaches, feeling light-headed, weak, shaky, or inability to focus).
Because Extend Snacks convert to blood sugar over 7-9 hours – more slowly than any other snack – they can supply the energy you need for even the most physically demanding activity. And Extend Snacks continue providing energy for several hours after, while your body works to adjust its blood sugar needs back to a normal level.
15. Is the product kosher?
Yes, all of our products are kosher. The kosher symbol (OU-D) can be found on the back or side of the carton and on the individual bar wrappers and bags as well.
16. Are Extend Snacks gluten free?
All five flavours of our ExtendBar Delight formula are gluten-free. All 3 flavors of ExtendShakes are also gluten-free. Our ExtendCrisps and ExtendDrizzles are made entirely from gluten-free ingredients, but are not "certified" gluten-free because the manufacturing process for the Crisps hasn't been confirmed to completely protect from gluten contamination from other products made at the facility. Our two flavors of ExtendBar Crunch not gluten-free, since they contain a very small amount of barley malt extract. We have taken the following steps to confirm the gluten-free status of ExtendBar Delights.
All the ingredients are gluten free. Products were tested for gluten content using testing protocols and test systems recognized and/or approved by the following organizations: GFCO (Gluten Free Certification Organization) and CODEX and is used by the Food Allergen Research and Resource Program from the University of Nebraska (considered to be the premier source for food allergen information worldwide).
We use the ELISA RIDASCREEN® Gliadin and the RIDASCREEN® FAST Gliadin that employs the R5-antibody which is able to efficiently quantify proalmins from wheat, barley, and rye at a level of 100%. Our test results and test methods are in compliance with the US FDA's proposed rule for Gluten Free Foods (On Jan. 22, 2007 the FDA posted to the Federal Register a Proposed Rule for Labeling Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods (Docket No. 2005N-0279)
Our test results and test methods are in compliance with Canadian, European, Australian standards for Gluten-Free foods.
17. Should I consult a physician before I use Extend Snacks?
Extend Snacks fit into the FDA’s medical food classification, which simply means that they have been clinically shown to help in the dietary management of a medical condition. In the case of Extend Snacks, clinical studies have shown them to be very beneficial in the management of diabetes and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) because of its ability to help stabilize blood sugar levels.
While Extend Snacks do not require a prescription, if you have diabetes it is important to account for the calories, carbohydrates, etc. from Extend Snacks in your normal meal planning. Your health care professional can best aid you in this process. Please feel free to have your healthcare professional review the Extend website for further information.