Writing a review on gels is always a tough thing to do. Fuel for performance is a very individual thing and what works for one person may not for another. Plus unless you’re a nutritionist I feel it’s probably not best to pass too detailed a judgement on the nutritional aspects such as how much sodium there is or other nerdy elements.
My thought process when it comes to gels is pretty simple:
1) Do they have plenty of Energy? Yes
2) Is there some sodium and potassium? Yes
3) Are they yummy? Yes. Alternating between the Mocha and Tropical flavours helped minimise flavour fatigue.
4) Are they easy to consume? Yes. The viscosity is ideal when consumed with a little bit of water. In very cold climates it gets a tad thick, but thins out if warmed up by carrying in your hand for a little while.
5) Do they sit well in my stomach? Yes. I have never had any issues with stomach upsets or nausea when using them.
The gels contain Coenzyme Q10 which helps protect from free radicals that are generated during exercise. While I’m not down on the science behind this, sources tell me it’s a good thing! Similarly, studies of Panax ginseng have shown results in improvements in endurance, heart rate, oxygen uptake and breathing capacity.
The Mocha flavour also contains caffeine which has proven benefits for endurance athletes. Another thing of note is that they are fructose free, which is believed to be better for digestibility.
SERVING SUGGESTION: 1 serving (35ml) 15 mins prior to exercise and then 1 serve every 30 minutes.
Tropical Gels contain the following:
- Energy 400.5kj
- Protein 13.3mg
- Fat (total)0mg
- Carbohydrates (total)24.28g
- Sodium 63.4mg
- Potassium 65.4mg
- Panax ginseng 70mg
- Ubidecarenone (coenzyme Q10) 15mg