Every Thursday we’ll be posting a review of a product – training nutrition, latest snack foods, and takeaways. Expert advice on foods that we look to use on a regular basis – how healthy are they? What are their purpose? Most importantly, do they taste awesome?
First up – Gu Gel, Caramel Macchiato flavour
|Product:||GU- Caramel Macchiato|
|Taste factor:||A delicious mix of caramel and coffee|
|Nutrition stats:||Kilojoules: 420
|Extras/health claims:||40mg Caffeine
Natural flavours & Gluten free
|Sport specific (suitability?):||Running/cycling/endurance|
|PROS: (the good stuff)||Tastes great and gives you an extra dose of caffeine.
Good consistency- not too thick and not too liquid. Easy to consume quickly.
|CONS: (the not so good stuff)||Can be hard to consume with water while running, although a gel flask, or carrying a fuel belt, or timing your gels with the water fountains can fix that.
The caffeine content isn’t that high and 2 gels would be required to consume adequate caffeine for a performance benefit.
|The bottom line/verdict||Whatever we eat prior to training will fuel us for usually the first 60-90 minutes, after this we can benefit from consuming additional carbohydrates.
Gels are a convenient way to package up 20-30g carbohydrates.
They can be held in your hand, tucked into your bike shorts, jersey or top, mixed with water in a gel flask or stored in a bento box when riding.
As a bonus they can contain ergogenic aids like caffeine.
A double bonus is they can taste like a caramel macchiato!
Highly recommend for a long run or ride when you need that little bit of caffeine to get you to the end.
|Rating out of 5||4.5 gooey caramels|
Thanks to Emma Walkey, @elwalkey, 3rd Year Nutrition Student at Curtin Uni and @nutritionwrks team member for the review.