e-Fuel Electrolyte Hydration Drink Mix

e-Fuel is low sugar and loaded with complex carbohydrates for sustained energy (up to 75% more than sugar drinks), along with antioxidants and balanced electrolyte replacement to help avoid cramping and injuries. Gluten free and NO artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners … Just Clean Energy!

complex carbs

During athletic activity your body depends on your glycogen stores as its primary source of energy, and to a lesser degree on your body fat. Fat is an inefficient fuel source in comparison and therefore you are not able to achieve optimum performance when relying on fat as a significant source of energy. During endurance sports this raises a dilemma because your glycogen stores can only hold about 2,000 calories. Depending on your diet prior to your workout or competition, you may actually have significantly less available energy in your glycogen stores.

Fortunately there is a third source of energy – blood sugar. The beauty of a good sports drink is that it is rapidly absorbed in your small intestine, thus providing energy in the form of blood sugar that can supplement your glycogen stores. However, not all sports drinks are created equal, and if you want to achieve optimum performance then it is important to use a product that will deliver maximum energy to your body while also maintaining proper hydration and electrolyte balance. The key to maximizing energy is complex carbohydrates. (why)

When selecting a sports drink, don’t just look at the calorie count – look at the carbohydrate sources. Because of the way sports drinks are absorbed by your body, you should look for high levels of complex carbohydrates. e-Fuel derives 71% of it’s carbohydrate energy from complex carbohydrates (maltodextrin), significantly more than the leading sports drinks. Because of this, e-Fuel provides up to 75% more energy than other competing drinks (watch this short video explanation).

low sugar

If we spike the level of our blood sugar then we have lots of energy … for a little while, and then we come crashing down. This doesn’t work so well for “endurance” athletes. Simple sugars can do just that, a little bit is okay but too much will quickly raise your blood sugar. If it could stay elevated life would be great, but unfortunately it can’t, and when it comes back down it drops (crashes) well below where it started.

When this happens during athletic activity it is a dual edged sword. Your performance will drop as the blood sugar drops because your body is depending on that energy, and your body will no longer be able to as efficiently convert your muscle glycogen into usable energy … here comes the BONK!!!

The goal is to maintain a consistent blood sugar level without the spikes and crashes, and this is achieved by relying primarily on complex carbohydrates and low sugar levels.

e-Fuel has just 29% sugar compared to: GU Hydration (50%), Clif SHOT Electrolyte (53%), Cytomax (55%), EFS (67%), Accelerade Hydr0 (80%), Vega Clean Energy (80%), Accelerade (95%), Skratch (95%), Osmo (100%), Tailwind (100%, Gatorade (100%)

electrolytes

Endurance athletes sweat … a lot! When we sweat it cools down the body through evaporation, but unfortunately sweat contains critical electrolytes that need to be replaced in order to maintain hydration, avoid cramping and reduce the risk of injury. If we drink water it rehydrates us but we don’t get the electrolytes we need.

At Crank Sports we design all of our products to replace critical electrolytes at rates recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine. So unless you have an unusual electrolyte imbalance (consult with your physician), the electrolytes in e-Fuel should provide complete and balanced replacement.

Recommended Electrolyte Replacement
500 mg Sodium per liter (34 oz) of consumed fluid
200 mg Potassium per liter (34 oz) of consumed fluid

happy stomach

Many of our competitors use Xylitol, Sucralose and other artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes in an effort to make their drinks sweeter without adding sugars. The problem is that these ingredients are well documented to cause gas, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems … never a good thing for an endurance athlete. Be very aware of what’s in your sports nutrition produts.

e-Fuel Endurance Blend contains no artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes, never has and never will!

rapid absorption

Rapid absorption is critical because you want to get the hydration, energy and electrolyte benefits from the drink and you don’t want it sloshing around your stomach. The key to rapid absorption is ensuring that you are consuming “isotonic” solutions (concentration approximately equal to your cellular fluids). When mixed as recommended, e-Fuel Endurance Blend is isotonic, thus allowing for rapid hydration, electrolyte replacement and sustained energy.

antioxidants

e-Fuel contains antioxidant vitamins C and E to protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in recovery. This is achieved by neutralizing free radicals that are produced by the muscle’s use of oxygen during intense athletic activity.

rapid mix

One of the biggest complaints that we hear about powders is that they are hard to mix. We worked long and hard on this one before launching our powder product. Our solution? e-Fuel Endurance Blend, the first Rapid MixTM powdered sports drink! Rapid mix powder you say? That’s right, we use a process to essentially “puff up” the powder particles, thus exposing more surface area to the water and resulting in a powder that dissolves more rapidly. That’s cool.

just clean energy

e-Fuel is Gluten Free and contains No Artificial Flavors, Colors, Sweeteners or Sugar Substitutes!

dare to compare

One of the most common questions we get is “how does e-Fuel compare to what I’m using now?” Good news, we’ve put together head-to-head comparisons between e-Fuel and most leading sports drinks:

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customer testimonials

Patrick Binienda

"I just finished a multi-day event where I ran through the Benton MacKay Trail, start to finish, over 287 miles - fueling almost exclusively on e-Fuel. Each day consisted of an average of 35 miles across some of the toughest mountain trails in the Eastern US. e-Fuel carried me through 9 days with little other nutrition except dinner meals. I have always suffered from over/under hydration using other fuels - e-Fuel is the most complete and efficient fuel I have used. My mountain adventure was a great success largely due to e-Fuel." ...
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Smyrna, Georgia
Sport: Running

Shaun Gallagher

"After having difficulty in races where my gastric system would 'lock up', I found that I simply couldn't handle gels and electrolyte pills frequently enough to support my needs. The calorie content and large amount of electrolytes in e-Fuel were a perfect balance for my training and racing needs. Because e-Fuel mixes fast and easy, it was easier for me to increase the concentration without worrying about trying to swallow a thick, clumpy drink. At Ironman Wisconsin I raced with 2 bottles of 4x concentrated e-Fuel (800+ calories per bottle) on the bike as my primary nutrition. Using eFuel helped me surpass my goal and register a 13 hour finish time with no cramping or stomach problems. " ...
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Tampa, Florida
Sport: Triathlon

David Tucker

"I'm training for Ironman Florida and during the summer months here in Florida, long bike rides take me into some really hot and humid weather. I've been struggling for 6 weeks with cramping every time my ride hit 60-65 miles in length. I read about e-Fuel and after two rides of 80+ miles with no cramping, I'm a believer!" ...
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Brandon, Florida
Sport: Triathlon

Jerry Sanders

"Been using your products for sometime now. Took a bit of a break from them, and decided to try some other brands. Using the competitors products, I was continually having leg cramps after 60 miles of riding. I switched back to e-Fuel, and no more cramps! Just finished a 110 mile 11000 feet climb this weekend! Couldn't have done it with out e-Fuel!" ...
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Glendale, California
Sport: Cycling

Carl Gordon

"I have to tell you that this stuff is great. I haven't done any thing really long yet, only rides in the 50-70 mile range, but the effects are great. Makes the hills a little less painfull and the recovery is much better. It also mixes well and tastes as good or better than the competition. I would like to really praise you on your excellent service. Your web site is perfect. I recieved prompt information regarding shipping and receiving of my shipment. You guys knew I got it before it did. That's kickin." ...
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Plano, Texas
Sport: Cycling

Shawn Smith

"At the USA Cycling Marathon Championships it was a 58 mile course and temps around 80-84. ... I raced to a 3rd place on only 2 bottles of e-Fuel and 2 e-Gels. No way around it. This product works and is fueling you can trust." ...
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Gainesville , Florida
Sport: Cycling

Vicki Griffin

"I am an Ironman distance, age grouper triathlete trying to qualify for Kona. Nutrition has always been a struggle... stomach issues, etc.... I used e-Fuel and e-Gel on my last 70.3, had no stomach issues, and won my age group." ...
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Leawood, Kansas
Sport: Triathlon

Kathy Murgas

"A friend recommended e-Gel years ago. I tried it, loved it, and 65 marathons (including 1 in each of the 50 states), I am still using it. I've changed the way I train, the shoes and wear, the clothes I wear, but never the gel I use." ...
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Dallas, Texas
Sport: Running & Cycling

David Brumley

"I am an immunodeficient triathlete who has gone through just about every product on the market. My body has difficulty with nutrition absorption and GI distress. After a successful long bike ride (6 hours) without problems during or after I used it on my next race. The results were amazing. My first AG win without any issues or drop in energy late into the race." ...
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McKinney, Texas
Sport: Triathlon

Frank Noble

"Gels I've used prior would include Hammer, Honey Stinger, GU, and VFuel. Carb/Electrolyte drinks would include Hammer HEED, VFuel, and Tailwind ... I can say hands down these products are by far the best in both categories" ...
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Dallas, Georgia
Sport: Ultra Running

Gregory Allen

"I have always had a problem with leg cramps in the 2nd to 3rd hour of an event depending on intensity. I've been using e-Gel and e-Fuel since January of this year. It is the only thing that I have changed in my training and racing protocol. I did Lavaman olympic distance in Hawaii and never cramped (2nd). I did Wildflower olympic distance in California and never cramped (4th). I've done both of these races a number of times in the past and cramped every time. I haven't cramped on any long runs or rides this year. I know it is a short sample period. The combination and concentration of electrolytes in the Crank products seems to have solved my problem. I've never written a testimonial before, nor do I take much stock in them. None of this may work for you. It seems to work for me." ...
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Mill Valley, California
Sport: Triathlon