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Sport Beans

Sport Beans are a seemingly attractive alternative to energy gels primarily because people enjoy eating - especially when it's candy! However, if your goal is improving your athletic performance we would strongly advise you to take a long hard look at what's in those Sport Beans.

  Sport Beans are 68% simple sugars vs. 18% for e-Gel
      - related reading >> why is low sugar important?

  Sport Beans have very few electrolytes
      -  critical to maintain hydration and avoid cramping and injuries

  Sport Beans have Carnuba Wax and Beeswax
      - slow digestion draws blood and oxygen away from muscles




Sport Beans


  Carb Calories 150 100
  Carb Grams 37 g 25 g
  Complex Carbs 30 g 8 g
  Carb Sources Maltodextrin
Evaporated Cane Juice
Tapioca Syrup
  Sugars (as % of total carbs) 18% 68%
why you want complex carbs
and NOT simple sugars

  Total Fat None Carnuba Wax
and Beeswax

  Sodium 230 mg 80 mg
  Potassium 85 mg 40 mg

 Amino Acids    
  Histidine no
  Leucine no
  Valine no
  Isoleucine no

  Sodium Citrate
  Potassium Citrate
  Citric Acid

  Vitamin E 120% 0%
  Vitamin C 120% 10%

 Other Ingredients    
  Vitamin B6 10% 0%

  Retail Price Per Pack $1.59 $1.35
  Cost Per 100 Calories $1.06 $1.35

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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. Sport Beans on the other hand uses evaporated cane juice (aka sugar) and Tapioca Syrup which results in a carbohydrate blend that is 68% simple sugar (compared to e-Gel which is only 18%)  The danger of high sugar content products such as Honey Stinger Waffles 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. 
Fat has to go through a digestive process which requires blood flow AWAY from your muscles and back to the stomach. Endurance athletes want maximum blood flow to the working muscles for the oxygenation process (less oxygen = decreased performance). Sport Beans are formulated with Carnuba Wax and Beeswax.
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 3 times the amount of selectrolytes compared to Sport Beans. 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. Sport Beans 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
e-Gel is the only energy gel to include vitamin B6 which assists in the energy conversion process.


Sport Beans is a trademark of Jelly Belly Candy Company. The nutritional information shown above for Sport Beans is for a 1 oz single serving pack as published on the manufacturer's website May 2016. Please refer to the manufacturer's web site or product packaging for the most recent information.

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