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e-Gel vs.
Powerbar Gel


Advantage e-Gel:

 - half the sugar (no sugar crash)
 - about double complex carbohydrates
 - amino acids (reduce lactic acid, speed recovery)
 - antioxidants (reduce soreness, speed recovery)
 - more economical

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e-Gel

Powerbar Gel

 Carbohydrates

  Calories 150 110
  Carb Grams 37 g 27 g
  Complex Carbs 30 g 17 g
  Carb Sources Maltodextrin
Fructose
Maltodextrin
Fructose
  Sugars 18% 37%
  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 about twice as much complex carbohydrates compared to Powerbar Gel and half the simple sugars. Powerbar Gel contains so much fructose that the total sugars are a whopping 37% of the total carbohydrates. 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 200 mg
  Potassium 85 mg 20 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
  Potassium Citrate 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%
  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 Powerbar Gel flavors have caffeine, for current flavors and ingredients refer to their website or product packaging.
  Fat 0% up to 1.5g
  Studies have shown that fat should not be in nutritional products that are consumed during intense athletic activity because it has to go through a slow digestive process that draws blood and oxygen away from working muscles. As such, all flavors of e-Gel are fat-free. Some Powerbar Gel flavors contain fat, refer to their web site or product packaging for amounts.

 Pricing    
  Retail Price $1.59 $1.49
  Cost Per 100 Calories $1.06 $1.35
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  e-Gel and Powerbar Gel have the same retail price per pack ($1.49). However, each pack of e-Gel contains 37% more energy than a pack of Powerbar Gel (37 grams vs. 27 grams). On a cost per calorie basis Powerbar Gel is 35% more expensive than e-Gel.

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The nutritional information shown above for Powerbar Gel is for a single serving packet of their Flavor 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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