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"I was running the mile 21 on the Orange County Marathon and started to feel tired, my legs also started to be tight and heavy then I saw the e-Gel station and took a couple of gels (mountain rush); I drank one quickly. After some minutes, my legs recovered and I was able to reach my second wind. I finished second overall place with a sprint at the finish line to pass the girl who was running in 2nd." (read more)   

Rosalva Bonilla
Product: e-Fuel
Sport: Running
Big Bear City, California
User since: January 2003

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 e-Fuel Endurance Blend
Clif SHOT Electrolyte

e-Fuel has more complex carbohydrates and lower sugar levels than Clif SHOT Electrolyte, and it provides a complete profile of vitamins and antioxidants while Clif SHOT Electrolyte has none of these ingredients. The higher levels of complex cabs and lower sugars allows e-Fuel to deliver significantly more energy (see discussion)

For a more complete discussion of each ingredient and the differences between e-Fuel and Clif SHOT Electrolyte, click on the ingredient links on the left side of the table.





  Calories (8 oz serving) 80 80
  Complex Carbs 14 g 10 g
  Sugars (% of total carbs) 29% 53%
  Carb Sources Maltodextrin
Brown Rice Syrup
Evaporated Cane
Juice (sugar)

  Sodium 150 mg 200 mg
  Potassium 60 mg 50 mg

  Sodium Citrate no
  Potassium Citrate no
  Citric Acid

  Vitamin E 60% 0%
  Vitamin C 60% 0%

Protein 0 g 0 g

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Maltodextrin is the preferred carbohydrate source for endurance athletes and as such it is the primary ingredient in e-Fuel as well as most other good products on the market. Clif SHOT Electrolyte on the other hand uses evaporated cane juice and brown rice syrup. Both of these sound good on the label, unfortunately, evaporated cane juice is another name for sugar and brown rice syrup is also very high in sugar. The danger of high sugar content products such as Clif SHOT Electrolyte is that they can elevate your blood sugar level too far too fast which can lead to a sugar crash (also known as bonking). Higher sugar content also raises the osmolality of the product which can reduce energy delivery, delay fluid absorption and promote dehydration.
e-Fuel is designed to provide complete and balanced electrolyte replacement that is critical for proper hydration and to avoid muscle cramping. The sodium and potassium levels in e-Fuel are designed to meet the American College of Sports Medicine's recommendation for electrolyte replacement during intense athletic activity.
The Citrates in e-Fuel assist in the carbohydrate to energy conversion process as well as reduce and slow the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles.
e-Fuel is one of the few sports drinks on the market that contains antioxidant vitamins C and E to help protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process. There are no antioxidants in Clif SHOT Electrolyte.
Protein has to go through a digestive process which draws blood away from working muscles to the stomach and intestines. When you are competing in an aerobic activity you want as much blood as possible supplied to your muscles carrying fresh oxygen for the energy conversion process. Consequently, independent studies have found no benefit of protein in a sports drink. See the following article from the American College of Sports Medicine for a more complete discussion:

      American College of Sports Medicine
      Failure of Protein to Improve Performance when Added  to a Sports Drink

      Science Daily
      Protein-added Sports Drinks Don't Boost Performance



The nutritional information shown above for Clif SHOT Electrolyte is for an 8 oz serving as published December 2008. Please refer to the manufacturer's web site or product packaging for the most recent information.

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