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e-Gel vs.
Clif SHOT Bloks


Clif SHOT Bloks and other "chew" products are loaded with sugar and fat, just like candy. Clif SHOT Bloks may taste good, but if your goal is to improve performance, we're not sure why would anyone would want to use these during your training or competition.
 
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 Carbohydrates



  Calories 150 100 100 100
  Carb Grams 37 g 24 g 25 g 25 g
  Carb Sources Maltodextrin
Fructose
Evaporated Cane
Juice (sugar)
Brown Rice Syrup
Sugar, Flour
Corn Syrup
Corn Syrup
Fruit Juice or
Sugar
  Simple Sugars 18% 50% 45% 59%
  Maltodextrin (a complex carbohydrate from corn) is the preferred carbohydrate source for endurance athletes and as such it is the primary ingredient in e-Gel as well as most other good products on the market. e-Gel contains twice as much complex carbohydrates compared to SHOT Bloks and less than half the simple sugars. Clif SHOT Bloks on the other hand use 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 is that they can elevate your blood sugar level too far too fast which can lead to a sugar crash (also known as bonking). read more

 Electrolytes        
  Sodium 230 mg 70 mg 90 mg 40 mg
  Potassium 85 mg 20 mg 0 mg 0 mg
  e-Gel is the ONLY energy gel that is designed to provide complete and balanced electrolyte replacement that is critical for proper hydration and to avoid muscle cramping. e-Gel has approximately 4  times the amount of sodium and potassium compared to Clif SHOT Bloks. The sodium and potassium levels in e-Gel are designed to meet the American College of Sports Medicine's recommendation for electrolyte replacement during intense athletic activity.

 Amino Acids        
  Histidine no no no
  Leucine no no no
  Valine no no no
  Isoleucine no no no
  The amino acids in e-Gel are designed to reduce lactic acid build up, maintain muscle protein and aid in recovery. Clif SHOT Bloks and most other competitive products on the market today fail to include amino acids because they are expensive ingredients.

 Citrates        
  Sodium Citrate no no no
  Potassium Citrate no no no
  Citric Acid
  Citrates assist in the carbohydrate to energy conversion process as well as reduce and slow the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles.

 Antioxidants        
  Vitamin E 120% 0% 0% 0%
  Vitamin C 120% 0% 0% 0%
  Antioxidant vitamins C and E help protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process.

Vitamin B6 10% 0% 0% 0%
  e-Gel is the only energy gel to include vitamin B6 which assists in the energy conversion process.
Caffeine none none* none none
  While caffeine may give a temporary mental boost, unfortunately it is a diuretic, meaning that it causes your kidneys to produce more urine - thus promoting dehydration. Proper hydration is critical to optimum performance, and in our opinion caffeine should not be incorporated into your sports nutrition program. Our recommendation has always been that if you feel that you NEED caffeine, then only use a caffeinated product (there are plenty on the market) near the end of your competition when you need the psychological boost the most and there is little time to cause dehydration. We strongly recommend against relying on a caffeinated product for the duration of the competition. None of e-Gel's flavors contain caffeine. Some GU flavors have caffeine, for current flavors and ingredients refer to their website.

 Other Ingredients (why would you want these in a sports nutrition product ???)
  Fat / Oil none none
  Carnauba Wax none none
  These ingredients are used to make "gummy" candy products, not serious sports nutrition products. And no this in not a typo, there really is carnauba wax in Clif SHOT Bloks (also used as a car wax).

 Pricing        
  Retail Price $1.49 $2.00 $1.00 $1.00
  Cost Per 100 Calories $1.00 $2.00 $1.00 $1.00
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  At retail, a pack of Clif SHOT Bloks cost about 33% more than a pack of e-Gel, however, each pack of e-Gel contains more than 50% more energy than a pack of Clif SHOT Bloks (37 grams vs. 24 grams). On a cost per calorie basis Clif SHOT Bloks are twice as expensive as e-Gel.

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Clif SHOT Bloks is a trademark of Clif Bar, Inc.. The nutritional information shown above for Clif SHOT Bloks is for a single serving packet of their Orange flavor as published December 2008. Please refer to the manufacturer's web site or product packaging for the most recent information.


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