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Frequently Asked Questions


What and who is Smart Performance Nutrition Inc.?

Smart Performance Nutrition is the premier Canadian online retailer for UCAN products. We are a Toronto based company exclusively offering UCAN products across Canada.

Staff and advisors are a compilation of endurance athletes, weekend warriors, rock climbers, yoga and pilate people, crossfitters, olympic weightlifters, parents, family members, nurse practitioners, medical doctors, nutritionists and dog enthusiasts.

What are Smart Performance Nutrition First Principles?

We strive to provide remarkable customer service by listening to our tribe and taking action based on their input.

We believe in making smart and evidence informed decisions. UCAN provides the most technologically advanced carbohydrate compared to other commercial carbohydrate sport products.  

We act with extreme accountability and transparency. To provide remarkable service, we aim to prioritize trusting relationships before profit. What does this mean? Our goal for growth is to create a movement with tight-knit tribe valuing population health and well-being over personal gains. We understand SuperStarch offers a technological advantage over our competitors on and off the field, however, is a game changer for overall well-being. This juxtaposition means supporting a movement to inform people about the host of potential complex health issues related to consuming simple carbohydrates, and enthusiastically share the benefits of SuperStarch, because it’s both a game and life changer.

Why is UCAN products priced differently than other carbohydrate sport products?

A long cooking process is used to cook Non-GMO corn and other natural ingredients to make SuperStarch®. The recipe requires a long cooking time of precise heat and moisture. For UCAN to ensure margins are reasonable and to maintain steady growth of the company, the products are priced differently than a commercial sport drink.

In contrast, the processing time for simple carbohydrates, such as dextrose, maltodextrin, cane sugar, and fructose are quicker. These fast acting carbohydrates cause a high release of blood glucose and insulin, which leads to slower fat breakdown and unstable energy levels.

I’m on a low-carb or ketogenic diet !?

Keto diets are not sustainable for high performance athletes. When athletes train and race at high intense levels of zone 4 and 5 heart rates (above lactate threshold levels), carbs are the first and best fuel source for these efforts.

If the carb consumed does not significantly raise blood glucose or insulin levels, then your body will efficiently use a combination of fat, ketones and carbs for energy sources.

In contrast, if a carb significantly raises blood glucose and insulin levels, then your body will be more carb dependent, and not burn fat and ketones efficiently. 

The chart below shows glucose responses from other sport drinks and a Gu Gel. In comparison, UCAN SuperStarch has a slight glucose and insulin increase compared to other sport energy drinks. For background information about the chart below, visit our past blog posts, Part1 and Part 2 of the Sample Size of One Series.

 

What is SuperStarch® ?

SuperStarch® is a superior complex carbohydrate delivering a slow release of glucose into the bloodstream, and does not cause a significant rise in blood insulin levels. Benefits include supporting fat breakdown and topping off high end energy stores for intense training and competition efforts.

The key difference between SuperStarch® compared to other low glycemic foods and fibers is the extended stable blood glucose levels, which translates to steady and long-lasting energy.

How SuperStarch® is made

A patented worldwide process is used to cook Non-GMO corn and other natural ingredients to make SuperStarch®. The recipe requires a 48 hour cooking time of precise heat and moisture. For Ucan to ensure margins are reasonable and to maintain steady growth of the company, the products are priced differently than a commercial sport drink.


In contrast, the processing time for simple carbohydrates, such as dextrose, maltodextrin, cane sugar, and fructose are quicker. These fast acting carbohydrates cause a high release of blood glucose and insulin, which leads to slower fat breakdown and unstable energy levels.

 

SuperStarch® compared to Sport Drinks

Simple sugars (cane Sugar, dextrose, fructose, maltodextrin, sucrose) are commonly found in commercial and endurance sport drinks. These fast acting carbohydrates cause a high release of blood glucose and insulin, which leads to slower fat breakdown and unstable energy levels.

Alternatively, SuperStarch® is the smartest and most technologically advanced carbohydrate delivering a slow release of glucose into the bloodstream, and does not cause a significant rise in blood insulin levels. This supports athletes to breakdown fat better and top-off high end energy stores for intense training and competition efforts.