MyProtein Gels: Energy Elite
As their title might suggest – MyProtein are best known for their fantastic value Whey Protein products. Their informed sport range includes more carbohydrate focused products for athletes wanting to perform in the endurance ring. Each item has been tested for banned substances, too.
There are plenty of sports scientists arguing that endurance athletes need carbohydrates AND protein during exercise, to maximize recovery afterwards. However, the jury is still out on this one. What we all KNOW is that your body burns through carbohydrates during intense exercise, and not topping up your glycogen levels can lead to a sudden loss of energy called a ‘bonk’.
The 50g Energy Elite gel contains 100 calories, 0g protein, 25g of carbs – of which 6.3g are sugars as well as a blend of four electrolytes to help cut down on the dreaded cramp.
The carbohydrates come in the form of a 3:1 Maltodextrin to Fructose ratio. This is a common but ideal mix in sports energy products as your body can only absorb a small ratio of Fructose to Maltodextrin.
You’ll also find 66g of potasium, plus almost a third of your daily B6 and B12 requirements per gel. These are designed to help reduce fatigue, contribute to management of the nervous and immune systems and help facilitate red blood cell formation.
The gel in practice…
Like any gel, the packets are easy to carry and store. The mix isn’t watery as some ‘isotonic’ versions, but it’s not one of those thick and gloopy ones that seem like dessert either. In terms of consistency this gel seems to be right in the middle of the spectrum. I tested the Tropical Flavour (the other option is Orange) and though it’s a little bit sour, the gel always went down well and gave me the energy boost I’d expect. Nothing revolutionary here, but functional – yes.
If you want an extra little kick, MyProtein do offer versions with an added 75mg of caffeine, too.