The basics

What does Low GI mean?
  • GI (Glycaemic Index) refers to the rate of digestion of a CARBOHYDRATE source to blood glucose (our body’s source of energy), and thus the rate at which blood sugar levels rise.
  • Low GI foods are slowly digested carbohydrates (e.g. heavy breads, oats, baked beans, vegetables, to name but a few), which provide a slow steady stream of glucose into the bloodstream and body cells, sustaining energy levels, with benefits of feeling full for longer, losing fat weight faster, and preventing lifestyle diseases. As these foods sustain blood sugar and thus energy levels, they are the better choice for better health.
  • High GI foods are carbohydrates such as high sugar drinks, pastries, white breads, pap, sweets etc, that are digested rapidly to glucose causing blood sugar levels to spike and then “dump” below “normal levels” . This causes both sudden and chronic fatigue, constant cravings, dizziness, headaches, irritability, lethargy, and increase one’s risk of becoming overweight/obese, and developing insulin resistance, diabetes, and other chronic diseases of lifestyle. High GI foods are bad food choices with damaging consequences to health.
  • 1 to 3 servings/day, depending on their nutrition needs, and considering variables such as over- or underweight, activity levels, body fat levels, stress levels etc.
  • An ideal snack should be <500kJ, and should consist of both a low GI carbohydrate source plus a protein.
  • Supa Energy Drink provides the low GI carbohydrate, and has only 300kJ. So, when combined with 20g nuts / lean biltong makes an ideal snack.
  • Use on its own pre-workout (see note on sport)


Are the products safe for use by children?
  • Children ages 5 and older can use the Supa Shake as a meal replacement and the Supa Energy Drink as a meal supplement (i.e. combined with a healthy snack / meal).
  • Pre-school children can use half-portions (i.e. half a sachet of Supa Shake OR half a sachet of the Supa Energy Drink as a serving size.
  • Yes. Both drinks are ideal for recreational sport and exercise.
  • As they are Low GI, timing of drink consumption is important:
  • For a 60 minute session of physical training, use the Supa Shake 45 minutes BEFORE the session. Drink water during and after.
  • For a training session OR an event (e.g. running / cycle / swimming) lasting longer than 60 minutes: have the Supa Shake 45 minutes beforehand, the Supa Energy Drink 5 minutes beforehand, and another Supa Energy Drink 30-45 minutes into the event.
  • For sports such as golf and tennis: use the Supa Shake 30 minutes before starting a game, and the Supa Energy Drink every 60-90 minutes during the game. Also drink plenty of water.
  • The drinks supply electrolytes, which help prevent dehydration, and safe-guard against heat stress.
  • Yes. These products are safe for use in pregnancy and when breast feeding.
  • NOTE: Avoid the Supa Shake when there is a known allergy (either mother or baby) to Soy Protein and/or Cow’s Milk Protein.
  • Cancer patients not on chemo will benefit enormously from using these products – as they are an easy means to consume the necessary calories, in a delicious drink format (many flavours available to prevent “flavour fatigue”), with added vitamins and minerals (70% NRV) preventing nutrition deficiency diseases. The products also provide a soluble form of fibre which helps manage and prevent colon disorders (such as constipation or diarrhoea) which many cancer patients develop. The Supa Energy Drink also supplies electrolytes, useful in preventing dehydration.
  • Cancer patients on chemotherapy must check with their specialist before using either of these shakes, considering their high micro-nutrient levels.
  • The diabetic “diet” is one that consists of low GI, low fat foods in controlled portions at regular intervals (every 3-4 hours). In fact all people should be consuming this type of diet, diabetic or not, in order to achieve improved health.
  • As both the Supa Shake and the Supa Energy Drink have a low GI, they are thus suitable to use by diabetics.
  • Yes. Both products are lactose free.
  • There is a trace of cow’s milk protein as a constituent of the creamer, but no lactose.

General questions

Are the products suitable for those intolerant to gluten?
  • Yes. Both the Supa Shake and Supa Energy drink are completely gluten-free.
  • The Supa Shake provides 70% NRV for all vitamins and minerals except calcium and magnesium.
  • The Supa Energy Drink provides 35% NRV for all vitamins and minerals except calcium and magnesium.
  • By taking one serving of the Supa Shake per day in addition to healthy food choices for the rest of the day’s meals and snacks, one is achieving a full complement of one’s requirement for vitamins and minerals.
  • By taking one serving of Supa Shake PLUS one serving of Supa Energy Drink per day, one is consuming 100% NRV (nutrient reference value = the recommended amount of micro-nutrients required to prevent disease) of all vitamins and minerals except calcium and magnesium. Thus NO additional multivitamin is necessary. In cases where very little dairy is consumed, an additional calcium and magnesium supplement will be necessary.
  • Back To Basics-Nutrition Supa Energy Drink uses a unique ingredient called inulin, which has a very low GI of 14. Therefore this energy drink is Low GI, providing sustained energy levels, unlike other typical energy drinks whose main ingredient is sugar with an extremely high GI. High GI drinks spike and “dump” blood glucose levels leaving one feeling drained of energy within the hour after consumption, and also predispose one to health issues such as obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue and heart disease.
  • My clients are saying that the product has helped them to be more regular, when consuming 1-2 servings a day. What should I say to them?

    • The soluble fibre component of the shakes is known to improve colon function and stool formation.
    • In diets previously deficient of fibre, some people may experience a change in stool habits (usually a softening of them) . This is normal – and may, in fact be beneficial especially where constipation has previously been a problem.
    • If the change is too sudden, reduce the number of shakes per day to one, until the stools are regular and stable, then gradually increase to 2 sachets per day.
  • The diabetic “diet” is one that consists of low GI, low fat foods in controlled portions at regular intervals (every 3-4 hours). In fact all people should be consuming this type of diet, diabetic or not, in order to achieve improved health.
  • As both the Supa Shake and the Supa Energy Drink have a low GI, they are thus suitable to use by diabetics.
  • 24-48 hours.


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  • If you’ve forgotten your password, click on the “Lost your password?” link and submit your email address. An email will be sent to you with a link to create a new password. 
  • Users who have entered an incorrect password three times will be temporarily blocked, if this happens to you email orders@backtobasics-nutrition.com and request to be unblocked.
  • Delivery will be within 7 – 10 working days.
  • Delivery to outlying areas may take a bit longer
  • Free delivery anywhere in South Africa
  • Minimum order: 1 box (30 sachets) or 1 carton (6 display boxes) 
  • Our offices are closed during the weekends and on public holidays

Bulk Orders 

  • Standard lead time is 14 working days
  • Free deliver within a 50km radius of our premises and an invoice value of R15,000.00


Are the products Halaal?
  • Yes. All ingredients used are 100% Halaal, making the products Halaal.
  • Sugar, when consumed in small, controlled quantities enhances flavour.
  • Both products have been carefully formulated using, inter alia, a small amount of sugar together with an appropriate quantity of inulin, a low GI carbohydrate source, in an amount that completely counters the higher GI aspect of sucrose. As the overall GI of the product is LOW, no health harm is caused by the small amount of added sugar.
  •  Yes. Recent research over the past 10 years has shown in many meta-analyses and scientific reviews, that soya per se is safe to use by all EXCEPT those with soy allergies.
  • Refer to scientific papers in our Resources Centre.
  • Soya protein isolate is a complete protein with an amino acid profile similar to that of meat, dairy or eggs, and as such provides the best source of high biological value protein to use as a protein substitute.
  • Soya protein as such has numerous health advantages, including inter alia prevention and management of chronic diseases of lifestyle, improved oestrogen metabolism, and enhanced muscle repair and building.
  •  Taste of meal replacements is of extreme importance for people needing to supplement daily diets with a meal replacement drink (e.g. surgical patients, patients who have undergone mouth / throat / dental surgery, cancer patients with low appetite, HIV/Aids patients with oral thrush syndrome; and even business men and women unable to eat a meal due to the time constraints of their job).
  • The creamer used in the Supa Shake is of plant (not animal) origin, and is used in controlled amounts to improve taste and  mouth-feel. In addition this fat has added advantage of facilitating enhanced absorption of the fat soluble vitamins.
  • The fat content is 7.7g/serving, which is in line with healthy eating principles.
  • The saturated fat content, when calculated as part of the total fat intake per day, is <10% of total food energy, in line with Prudent Diet Guidelines.


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