e-Gel is the first and only Electrolyte Energy Gel with 4 to 5 times the electrolyte levels of traditional energy gels. When taken with adequate amounts of water you can now get balanced hydration, energy and electrolyte replacement in one product. And, with 150 carbohydrate calories, e-Gel packs 50% more energy than most competing energy gels.
The Balanced Solution
Energy Gels by themselves are extremely hypertonic (more concentrated then your body fluids), which means they are very slowly absorbed by your body. With all energy gels (e-Gel, GU, Clif Shot, etc.) it is important that you consume adequate amounts of water. Water dilutes the gel and lowers the osmolality of the combined solution, thus increasing the absorption rate. If you consume just the right amount of water, the combined solution will become isotonic (the same concentration as your body fluids) which allows for rapid absorption, hydration and maximum energy delivery.
So, if you drink water with your gel like you have to, then how do you replace your electrolytes? Other gels contain electrolytes, but unfortunately most do not contain nearly enough (see comparisons) to provide adequate electrolyte replacement (even GU says so). e-Gel on the other hand is the first Electrolyte Energy Gel and is designed to provide complete and balanced energy, hydration and electrolyte replacement. In fact, e-Gel has more than 5 times as much sodium and nearly twice as much potassium as most competing gels:
The primary ingredient in e-Gel is maltodextrin, a complex carbohydrate derived from corn. For endurance activities you should always look for products that are high in complex carbohydrates and low in simple sugars. The problem with simple sugars is that they rapidly increase your blood sugar, which feels good for a short period of time, but then your blood sugar can come crashing down. When you give your kids candy this is called a sugar crash but when it happens to an athlete we call it BONKing. The carbohydrate blend in e-Gel is 82% maltodextrin and 18% fructose and has been formulated to maximize energy delivery. Research has shown that products with multiple carbohydrate sources can deliver more energy to working muscles compared to products using a single carbohydrate source. It is also important to note that there is a wide variety of maltodextrins with varying molecular structures. e-Gel uses the highest quality maltodextrin with a large molecular structure that allows the product to deliver even more energy (for more information read about the effect of carbohydrates on osmolality). Be aware of products that use large amounts of carbohydrates that are high in simple sugars such as sucrose, honey, brown rice syrup, evaporated cane juice, etc.). e-Gel is also 100% Gluten-Free.
For each hour of athletic activity, Crank Sports recommends consuming 1 to 2 e-Gel packets and 16 to 32 ounces of water for balanced energy, hydration and electrolyte replacement. Your individual intake requirements will vary depend among other things on temperature, humidity, athletic intensity, etc. For more information, refer to: Hydration - the key to optimum performance with energy gels.
Why Try e-Gel?
There is very little difference between most traditional energy gels besides taste, texture and packaging. e-Gel is not just another energy gel, it is the only Electrolyte Energy Gel and it truly stands apart from the competition. e-Gel is the only gel that provides balanced electrolyte replacement, the highest quality carbohydrates and a complete profile of amino acids and antioxidants.