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"I typically alternated between GU and Roctane on my long runs and Nuun drink tablets in my water bottle. During long training runs, I started having a few stomach issues that I thought were caused by meals the nights before those long training run. During a 50K, I had issues half way through the race and knew it was the Roctane. Cheese quesadillas saved the day, but I decided it was time for something new. I found the Crank Sports website and liked the easy to use comparison chart. I thought I'd give e-Gel a try. Unfortunately, I didn't have any testing time before my next race. I had to break the golden rule and try something new on race day. I loaded my belt with e-Gel and crossed my fingers. I ran the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon and it was a great experience. No stomach issues and no muscle cramping. Water in my bottle and an e-Gel every hour got me through the race. I'm not the fastest runner, but I set a PR of 4:50:42 and did not feel destroyed after crossing the finish line. I am big fan of Mountain Rush and Cherry Bomb and those flavors will be loaded in my belt from this point forward. " (read more)   

Jeff Rommel
Product: e-Gel
Sport: Running
Houston, Texas
User since: January 2016

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Honey Stinger Gel

There really is no comparison between e-Gel and Honey Stinger Gel. e-Gel is the most complete energy gel on the market today while Honey Stinger has the highest sugar levels (100%), very low electrolyte levels and no amino acids or antioxidants.

Check out the head to head comparison for yourself:




Stinger Gel


  Calories 150 120
  Carb Grams 37 g 29 g
  Carb Sources Maltodextrin
  Sugars (as % of total carbs) 18% 100%
why you want complex carbs
and NOT simple sugars

  Sodium 230 mg 50 mg
  Potassium 85 mg 85 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% yes
  Caffeine none some flavors

  Retail Price $1.59 $1.39
  Cost Per 100 Calories $1.06 $1.15

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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. Honey Stinger Gel on the other hand uses honey which is 100% simple sugar (compared to e-Gel which is only 18%)  The danger of high sugar content products such as Honey Stinger Gel 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. 
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 nearly 5  times the amount of sodium compared to Honey Stinger 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.
Amino Acids
The amino acids in e-Gel are designed to reduce lactic acid build up, maintain muscle protein and aid in recovery. Honey Stinger Gel 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. There is vitamin B6 in both e-Gel and Honey Stinger Gel, however, the Honey Stinger Gel nutritional panel published on theri web site does not specify the amount of B6 in each serving.
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.


Honey Stinger is a trademark of EN-R-G Foods, LLC.. The nutritional information shown above for Honey Stinger Gel is for a single serving packet of Honey Organic Gold  as published February 2012. Please refer to the manufacturer's web site or product packaging for the most recent information.

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