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"On April 9, 2005, I competed in my very first Ironman at Ironman Arizona after 17 years in triathlon . With horrid winds on the bike, I was nervous about my marathon. I packed my 6 Cherry Bomb e-Gels and I was off to a sub 4 hour marathon including a sub 7 minute mile at the finish line! The Ironman distance is all about nutrition and pace. I was so pleased with the experience and the endurance that the e-Gel formula gave me. I plan to continue to use Crank Sports products as I conitue to set PRs. Thank you Cherry Bomb!" (read more)   

Dan Cadriel
Product: e-Gel
Sport: Triathlon
Glendale, Arizona
User since: January 2004

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The comparison between e-Gel and GLUKOS Energy Gel is striking. e-Gel is the most complete energy gel on the market today while GLUKOS has the highest sugar levels (100%), very low electrolyte levels, no amino acids or antioxidants and three times the price.

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  Calories 150 60
  Carb Grams 37 g 16 g
  Carb Sources Maltodextrin
  Sugars (as % of total carbs) 18% 100%
why you want complex carbs
and NOT simple sugars

  Sodium 230 mg 20 mg
  Potassium 85 mg 148 mg

 Amino Acids    
  Histidine no
  Leucine no
  Valine no
  Isoleucine no

  Sodium Citrate no
  Potassium Citrate
  Citric Acid no

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

 Other Ingredients    
  Vitamin B6 10% none
  Caffeine none none

  Retail Price $1.59 $2.00
  Cost Per 100 Calories $1.06 $3.33

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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. GLUKOS Energy Gel on the other hand uses glucose (more commonly known as dextrose in food items) which is 100% simple sugar (compared to e-Gel which is only 18%)  The danger of high sugar content products such as GLUKOS 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. GLUKOS claims that since glucose (dextrose) is rapidly absorbed that this is a benefit, but to the contrary, an endurance athlete actually needs to avoid the type of blood sugar fluctuations that simple sugars can cause. For more information watch this video
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 more than 10 times the amount of sodium compared to GLUKOS Energy Gel. 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, which will help you to maintain hydration and avoid cramping and injuries.
Amino Acids
The amino acids in e-Gel are designed to reduce lactic acid build up, maintain muscle protein and aid in recovery. GLUKOS EnergyGel and most other energy products on the market today fail to include amino acids because they are expensive ingredients.
Citrates assist in the carbohydrate to energy conversion process as well as reduce and slow the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles.
e-Gel is one of the few energy gels that contains antioxidant vitamins C and E to help protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process.
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 assists in the energy conversion process.
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.


The nutritional information shown above for GLUKOS Energy Gel is for a single serving packet as published on the company's website November 2016.  Please refer to the manufacturer's web site or product packaging for the most recent information.

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