SIS Energy Gel claims to be isotonic which means the same concentration as your cellular fluids. However, independent analysis done by fellrnr.com indicates that it is not. SIS does have a thin consistency, but by their analysis you need another 47 grams of water (more than doubling what’s in the pack) to make it isotonic. e-Gel is a thinner consistency than traditional energy gels, so you don’t have to take water to get it down either, but with ALL energy gels it is important to stay hydrated so that your gel gets rapidly absorbed.
Beyond that, the comparison between SIS Gel and e-Gel is not even close, e-Gel wins by every metric. e-Gel is loaded with electrolytes (SIS has virtually none) to avoid cramping and injuries. e-Gel also has antioxidants and amino acids (SIS has none) to reduce tissue damage and soreness and to speed the recovery process. There’s lots more, read on for the full comparison.
Each pack of e-Gel provides almost twice as much energy as a pack of SIS Energy Gel. This makes e-Gel more economical as well as having fewer packs to carry and less trash to deal with, that’s a good thing!
Your body can uptake more energy when you use complex carbs instead of simple sugars. How is this possible?
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This isn’t something that we’ve invented here a Crank Sports, it’s proven science.
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The carbs/energy in an energy gel are transported into your cellular system through osmosis. If you recall learning about osmosis in science class, it’s the way a fluid crosses a membrane. In order for the fluid to cross, it has to be an equal or lower concentration than the fluid on the other side of the membrane. In this case you’re trying to get the gel across your cellular membrane so you can use the energy. Gels by themselves are extremely concentrated (hypertonic), that’s why you need to use water with gel so that you can lower the concentration until it becomes isotonic (the same concentration as your cellular fluids). When you do, the gel and water get absorbed – osmosis!!
What’s interesting is that the concentration of a fluid (also called the osmolality) is largely dependent on the NUMBER of particles in the fluid, and less dependent on the size of the particles. Complex carbs by definition have a larger molecular structure than simple sugars, basically they have more glucose molecules stuck together. But remember, it’s the number of particles, not the size that matters most. What that means is that at the point of absorption (isotonic), a fluid with complex carbs can transport nearly twice as much energy into the cellular system compared to one with simple sugars.
Many energy gels (including e-Gel) use at least some maltodextrin for this reason. Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate with an extremely large molecular structure. Where e-Gel sets itself apart from other products is that we use much more complex carb and less sugar. This allows you to get more energy when you use e-Gel compared to our competitors. Why do other companies use so much sugar? Simple, because it’s sweet and inexpensive, and sweet things sell. So if you want to sell a lot of something you make it sweet. But if you want to make the best PERFORMING product you use complex carbs.
No artificial flavors,colors or sweeteners
Acesulfame K, also know as Ace K, is an artificial sweetener that is more common in Europe than the United States. It contains the carcinogen methylene chloride and studies have shown it to cause headaches, depression, nausea, mental confusion, liver effects, kidney effects, visual disturbances, and cancer in humans. Read: the dangers of Ace-K
This is the type of ingredient that we would never use in e-Gel or any of our products.
e-Gel is the only energy gel to provide complete electrolyte replacement in the gel – where it should be!
Sodium is by far the most important electrolyte that you need to replenish to help you maintain hydration and to avoid cramping and injuries.
For a more detailed discussion of why it’s important to have this level of electrolytes in the gel instead of getting your electrolytes some other way:
Potassium is the other electrolyte that is important to replace during your training and competition, along with sodium. The level of potassium in e-Gel is designed to meet the American College of Sports Medicine’s recommendation for replacement during athletic activity.
Histidine, Leucine,Valine, Isoleucine
Amino acids help to reduce lactic acid build up, reduce soreness, maintain muscle protein and aid in quicker recovery.
SIS gel does not contain amino acids.
vitamin C 120%
vitamin E 120%
vit C not disclosedvitamin E 0%
Antioxidant vitamins C and E help protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process.
Sodium Citrate, PotassiumCitrate and Citric Acid
Sodium Citrateand Citric Acid
Citrates assist in the carbohydrate to energy conversion process as well as slow the build up of lactic acid in your muscles.