Instinct Sports Nutrition Energy Gels are professionally formulated with EnergySmart® and Maltodextrin. This gives an essential balance of carbohydrates to ensure easy digestion and instant and lasting energy providing a beautiful silky texture with the gentle, subtle flavours.
The uniqueness of liquid EnergySmart® is that it provides an initial burst of energy, followed by a longer-lasting span of energy that is kind to the body. In scientific tests and athletic competition, EnergySmart® has been proven to deliver a quick burst of energy followed by scientifically documented longer-lasting energy compared to other widely used sweeteners.
The Health Research and Studies Centre of Los Altos, CA, a highly regarded independent testing organization, has conducted metabolic research on the formula used in EnergySmart®. It indicated that following an initial surge in energy, EnergySmart® provided up to 50% longer-lasting energy, measured in terms of elevated blood glucose, than sucrose and fructose. Importantly, EnergySmart® did not cause a hypoglycaemic event.
Instinct Sports Nutrition’s Sports Energy Gel combines perfectly with our Brown Rice Protein to enhance recovery and our Rehydration Formula to assist with hydration and help relieve muscle cramps.
Strategies for Training and Racing
Your body relies on carbohydrate as its primary fuel source when racing. Generally, the faster you run, the greater the percentage of your fuel will come from carbohydrates. The problem with carbohydrate is that we can only store a limited amount in our muscles — even when you load up. Typically, we can store about 90 minutes of muscle glycogen. Therefore, you want to begin taking gels relatively early in the race. Some runners like to take a gel right before the race starts. By taking the gels early, your body shouldn’t be under great stress and you have a better chance of processing the carbohydrates faster and without stomach problems. Take your first or second gel somewhere between 45-60 minutes, depending on how well you generally react to gels in training.
It is important to remember that your digestive track will respond better if you train the same as you are going to race. So, if you eat gels in training, particularly if you do it at set intervals that correlate to when you will take them during the race, your body will adapt to this regime and you will digest the gels more readily. This is why it’s critical you practice your exact fueling strategy as often as possible in training.
Always take energy gels with water, without water, energy gels will take longer to digest and enter the blood stream.
EnergySmart®, sucrose and fructose are metabolized differently by the human body.
EnergySmart® provided an initial surge of energy (i.e. rise in blood glucose) comparable to sucrose.
The energy from EnergySmart® lasted over 50% longer than the energy from sucrose (i.e. 90 minutes with EnergySmart® com-pared to under 60 minutes with sucrose). This longer-lasting energy traces mainly the specially developed complex carbohydrates in EnergySmart®.
No Energy Deficit
During the study, EnergySmart® did not cause an energy deficit/ hypoglycaemic event (i.e. blood glucose readings below the fasting baseline). Conversely, sucrose caused an energy deficit/ hypoglycaemic event within 60 minutes.
Problems With Fructose
Fructose did not provide a measurable increase in energy. Separate research suggests only a small amount of fructose is converted directly into blood glucose. Most fructose appears to be converted into either fat or triglycerides. Both cause increases in serum cholesterol.
EnergySmart® is a combination of naturally occurring sugars (monosaccharides and disaccharides) plus specially developed medium-chain carbohydrates.