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e-Gel vs.
Clif SHOT Gel


Advantage e-Gel:

 - less than half the sugar (no sugar crash)
 - more than double complex carbohydrates
 - three times electrolytes (avoid cramping and injuries)
 - more economical
  
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e-Gel

Clif SHOT Gel

 Carbohydrates

  Calories 150 100
  Carb Grams 37 g 24 g
  Complex Carbs 30 g 12 g
  Carb Sources Maltodextrin
Fructose
Maltodextrin
Cane Syrup
  Simple Sugars 18% 50%
  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 more than twice as much complex carbohydrtes compared to Clif SHOT and less than half the simple sugars. 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 40 mg
  Potassium 60 mg 40 mg
  Electrolytes are critical to maintain hydration and to avoid cramping and injuries. e-Gel is the ONLY energy gel that is designed to provide complete and balanced electrolyte replacement. e-Gel has approximately 4  times the amount of sodium and double potassium compared to GU. 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
  Leucine no
  Valine no
  Isoleucine no
  Amino acids help to reduce lactic acid build up, maintain muscle protein and aid in recovery

 Citrates    
  Sodium Citrate no
  Potassium Citrate
  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. Hammer Gel and most other energy gels on the market today do not include sodium citrate or potassium citrate.

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

 Other Ingredients    
  Vitamin B6 10% 0%
  e-Gel is the only energy gel to include vitamin B6 which assists in the energy conversion process.
  Caffeine none some flavors
  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 Clif SHOT flavors have caffeine, for current flavors and ingredients refer to their website.

 Pricing    
  Retail Price $1.59 $1.49
  Cost Per 100 Calories $1.06 $1.49
  At retail, a pack of Clif SHOT cost about 5% less than a pack of e-Gel, however, each pack of e-Gel contains more than 50% more energy than a pack of Clif SHOT (37 grams vs. 25 grams). On a cost per calorie basis Clif SHOT is 40% more expensive than e-Gel.

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Clif SHOT is a trademark of Clif Bar, INc.. The nutritional information shown above for Clif SHOT is for a single serving packet of their Vanilla flavor as published December 2008. Other Clif SHOT flavors have virtually identical nutritional profiles with the exception of caffeine that is included in their strawberry and Double Espresso flavors. Please refer to the manufacturer's web site or product packaging for the most recent information.


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