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Another Satisfied
Customer:

"I used e-Gels exclusively and exactly as directed in training for the Lakefront Marathon. This was my fourth marathon and I did not expect to PR, but just to complete it well. But the weather was perfect, the training paid off, and with the help of e-Gels taken at miles 2, 7, 13, 18, and 23, I took 10 minutes off of my marathon time and never hit the 'wall' or cramped as I had done in previous events. Some guy laughed at me at the start asking why I had so many gels. I told him I had a plan and I was sticking to it. I'm pretty sure I passed him somewhere around mile 22." (read more)   

Mary Rogers
Product: e-Gel
Sport: Running
Springfield, Illinois
User since: June 2010

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e-Gel
vs.
Clif SHOT Bloks

While Clif SHOT Bloks and other "chew" products may be fun to eat, we strongly recommend that you closely examine the ingredients and nutritional facts of these products before using them in your training and competition. These chew products are a lot like eating candy and it should come as no surprise that there's not much difference. To demonstrate this fact we have included Licorice and Gummy Bear candy in the comparison.

In short, like their candy counterparts, SHOT Bloks are extremely high in sugar, virtually no electrolytes, no amino acids, no antioxidants or other vitamins - pretty much no nutritional value at all. Oh, they do contain oil and carnauba wax! So why would you want to eat these during your training or competition??

  
      Clif SHOT

Candy

 

e-Gel

Bloks Licorice Gummys
 

   
 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
  Sugars 18% 50% 45% 59%

 Electrolytes        
  Sodium 230 mg 70 mg 90 mg 40 mg
  Potassium 85 mg 20 mg 0 mg 0 mg

 Amino Acids        
  Histidine no no no
  Leucine no no no
  Valine no no no
  Isoleucine no no no

 Citrates        
  Sodium Citrate no no no
  Potassium Citrate no no no
  Citric Acid

 Antioxidants        
  Vitamin E 120% 0% 0% 0%
  Vitamin C 120% 0% 0% 0%

Vitamin B6 10% 0% 0% 0%
Caffeine none none* none none

 Other Ingredients (why would you want these in a sports nutrition product ???)
  Fat / Oil none none
  Carnauba Wax none none

 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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Carbohydrates
Maltodextrin 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. 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 such as Clif SHOT Bloks and candy 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.
  
Electrolytes
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
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
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
e-Gel is one of the few energy gels that contain antioxidant vitamins C and E to help protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process.
  
Vitamin B6
e-Gel is the only energy gel to include vitamin B6 which assists in the energy conversion process.
  
Caffeine
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. Clif SHOT Bloks have caffeine in a few of their flavors
  
Fats, Oils and Carnauba Wax
These ingredients are used to make "gummy" candy products, not serious sports nutrition products.
  
Pricing
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.
  


  

 


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.


   
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