"I just finished my first marathon, and I am singing the praises of your product! I have been training with Team In Training/Greater Los Angeles Chapter/Long Beach since May. .... At first, I bought them just because I LOVED the taste compared to the Clif shots I had been using. Also, I LOVED the consistency of your e-Gel, in that I didn't feel like I had to chew it!" (read
User since: August 2003
e-Gel is the first and only Electrolyte Energy Gel with 5 times the sodium
and double the potassium of traditional energy gels. When taken with water you can now get
balanced hydration, energy and
electrolyte replacement in one product. And, with 150
carbohydrate calories, e-Gel packs 50% more energy than most competing energy gels.
Energy Gels by themselves are extremely hypertonic (more concentrated then
your body fluids), which means that you have to consume water to ensure
that they are rapidly absorbed. This is the case for all gels (GU,
Clif Shot and
others). Water dilutes the
gel and lowers the concentration (osmolality), thus increasing the
absorption rate. If you consume just the right amount of water, the combined solution will become isotonic (the same
concentration as your body fluids) which allows for rapid absorption,
hydration and maximum energy delivery.
So, if you drink water with your
gel like you have to, then how do you replace your electrolytes? Other gels contain
electrolytes, but they do not contain nearly enough (see
provide adequate electrolyte replacement (even
GU says so). e-Gel on the other hand is the first Electrolyte Energy Gel and is
designed to provide complete and
balanced energy, hydration and electrolyte replacement. In fact, e-Gel has more
than 5 times the sodium and twice as much potassium as competing gels.
e-Gel is low in sugar, why is his important? If we spike the
level of our blood sugar then we have lots of energy ... for a little while,
and then we come crashing down. This doesn't work so well for "endurance"
athletes. Simple sugars can do just that, a little bit is okay but too much
will quickly raise your blood sugar. If it could stay elevated life would be
great, but unfortunately it can't, and when and comes back down it drops
(crashes) well below where it started. When this happens during athletic
activity it is a dual edged sword. Your performance will drop as the blood
sugar drops because your body is depending on that energy, and your body
will no longer be able to as efficiently convert your muscle glycogen into
usable energy ... here comes the BONK!!! The goal is to maintain a
consistent blood sugar level without the spikes and crashes, and this is
achieved by relying primarily on complex carbohydrates and low sugar levels,
and that's exactly what you get with e-Gel!
Ingredients The primary
ingredient in e-Gel is maltodextrin, a complex carbohydrate derived from
corn. For endurance activities you should always look for products that are
high in complex carbohydrates and low in simple sugars. The problem with
simple sugars is that they rapidly increase your blood sugar, which feels
good for a short period of time, but then your blood sugar can come crashing
down. When you give your kids candy this is called a sugar crash but when it
happens to an athlete we call it BONKing. The carbohydrate blend in e-Gel is
82% maltodextrin and 18% fructose and has been formulated to maximize energy
delivery. Research has shown that products with multiple carbohydrate
sources can deliver more energy to working muscles compared to products
using a single carbohydrate source. It is also important to note that there
is a wide variety of maltodextrins with varying molecular structures. e-Gel
uses the highest quality maltodextrin with a large molecular structure that
allows the product to deliver even more energy (for more information read
effect of carbohydrates on osmolality). Be aware of products that use
large amounts of carbohydrates that are high in simple sugars such as
sucrose, honey, brown rice syrup, evaporated cane juice, etc.). e-Gel is
also 100% Gluten-Free.
Product Usage For each hour of athletic activity,
Crank Sports recommends
consuming 1 to 2 e-Gel packets and 16 to 32 ounces of water for balanced
energy, hydration and electrolyte replacement. Your individual intake
requirements will vary depend among other things on temperature, humidity,
athletic intensity, etc. For more information, refer to: Hydration
- the key to optimum performance with energy gels.
Why Try e-Gel?
There is very little difference
between most traditional energy gels besides taste, texture and packaging. e-Gel is not just another
energy gel, it is the only Electrolyte Energy Gel and it truly stands apart
from the competition. e-Gel is the only gel that provides balanced
electrolyte replacement, the highest quality carbohydrates and a complete
profile of amino acids and antioxidants. For more information, see why
150 carbohydrate calories
from a blend of glucose polymers (maltodextrin) and fructose that is
designed to provide sustained energy delivery. That's 50% more energy then
other leading energy gels.
230 mg of sodium and
80 mg potassium (more than double other gels) · No fat and no protein
(since it is designed to be consumed during athletic activity)
Antioxidant Blend To protect
tissues by neutralizing free radicals that are produced by the muscle's
use of oxygen during intense athletic activity.
Amino Acid Blend Designed to slow
lactic acid build up, fight muscle degradation and assist in maintaining
focus and concentration.
Vitamin B6 Assists with the
conversion of protein to energy, and research has shown that your body
looses vitamin B6 during intense athletic activity.
e-Gel is the
only gel designed to provide complete energy, hydration, and electrolyte
replacement when consumed with water as recommended.
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