"The Los Angeles Marathon was a death march! The temperature at the start was in the lower 80s and climbed to 90 by the time I finished the race. Many people suffered from heat cramps and vomiting, and had to be pulled off the course. But I did NOT suffer from any of those problems, which was probably due to the high sodium content of the e-Gels I ate during the race; I ate 5 of them!" (read
Los Angeles, California
User since: January 2004
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
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
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.
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
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.
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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