I've read good things about Perpetuem but before buying it I really wanted to understand the product by studying the ingredients. Particulary those ingredients which you don't necessarily make your shopping list. Ingredients like vanilla flavoring or caffeine or amino acids are common place in our modern diet. But when I read that Perpetuem contains commercial grade cleaner found at Home Depot, my interest was peaked.
There are two flavors of Perpetuem: Caffee Late and Orange Vanilla and there is also flavorless. For my personal research I chose the Caffe Late flavor since I enjoy coffee.
Each serving of Perpetuem Caffe Late has the following:
1. Long Chained Maltodextrin
2. Soy Protein Isolates
3. Energy Smart (proprietary)
4. Lecithin (soy)
5. Trisodium Phosphate
7. Coline Bitartrate
8. Chromium Polynicotinate
Long Chained Maltodextrin
According to sugar.org this is a short chain linked dextrose, also known as gluclose. They also state the term refers to a family of gluclose chains, up to twenty. The "long chained" verbage may refer to a high number of dextrose units linked together. So the term Long Chained Maltodextrin is really ambigious nutrionally. In any case according to sugar.org this is produced by hydrolysis from corn, wheat or potatoes.
Soy Protein Isolates
There are two Soy based ingredients in Perpetuem. Soy Protein Isolate is one and Lecithin mentioned below is the other. This simple ingredient is just protein extracted from soy beans. Protein isolate can also come from Whey.
Hammer claims this is a sweetner which comes from fruit sugars and sugars from grains. The process of making Energy Smart maintains the integrity of the grain dextrin enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
According to the United Soybean Board this is made up of phospholipids from Soy Bean Oil. Lecithin is used to stabliize foods, including margarine and cosmetic products. It's also excellent source of choline.
You can buy this at any hardware store in the paint section. I first used it to clean walls prior to painting. It's also used to clean wax and grease off garage floors. But it's non-toxic and according to Fhosphate Facts it's used by our muscles and all living animals
This is the second sweetner in Perpetuam but unlike Energy Smart which is grain based Stevia is herb based. Stevia is derived from the Stevia plant. Per Wikipedia it's 300 times sweeter than sugar however it never obtained FDA approval.
Amonia salts, derivatives of eggs and soy. Just a guess, but this is added as an electrolyte.
Regulates blood sugar in Diabetics. I could see this being useful in a long course endurance event. Keep the blood sugar nice and steady so you don't crash.