4Energy gels are the new generation of energy gels for cyclists, triathletes, and runners, designed as a response to the shortcomings of the existing gels. If you are a runner, you probably fear gels because of digestive issues. And that’s only natural – most of them contain artificial sweeteners and glucose syrup, are based on a single type of carbohydrate, and leave a sweet aftertaste in your mouth.
The 4Energy gel is based on the less sweet, complex CHO maltodextrin. It gets its distinct flavour from fructose and freshly squeezed (orange or lemon) juice. It contains electrolytes in the form of salt. If you want the caffeine version, try the 4Energy gel with caffeine.
- Energy gel without artificial sweeteners and aromas
- Doesn’t contain glucose syrup
- Highly digestible – doesn’t cause stomach issues and bloating
- With added freshly squeezed fruit juice
- 22g of carbohydrates in the form of maltodextrin and fructose
- Added salt
- No water required
- Gluten-free, vegan friendly
Water, maltodextrin, fructose, freshly squeezed (lemon-1, orange-2, pineapple-3, apple-4) juice, natural aromas, acidity regulators: citric acid and trisodium citrate, salt (sodium chloride), thickening agents: xanthan gum and gellan gum, potassium sorbate. Numbers apply to gel flavours. Net amount: 60ml.
For best results ingest one 4Energy gel every 20 minutes.
"Energy gel with freshly squeezed fruit juice – different sources of energy, electrolytes in the form of salt, without artificial sweeteners and aromas – is the most favourable solution for your digestive tract during strain. Its distinct fresh and mild flavour doesn’t leave a sweet aftertaste in your mouth."
ENERGY GEL OR BANANA?
What is the best source of energy for the hardest challenges? The answer is simple.
The human body has different ways to acquire energy, but not all of them are equally efficient. The body has at its disposal a limited amount of oxygen and enzymes, which enable metabolic processes. At high pulse with a limited supply of oxygen to oxidise are mostly carbohydrates. Individuals with the same amount of training can improve their results simply by ingesting more carbohydrates. The differences are so significant that there is no micro or macronutrient, nor miraculous extracts, that influence results as much as carbohydrates. But the body has a limited capacity of glucose absorption and all undigested food ends up in the large intestine where it causes water to flood into the bowels from the intestine walls. This can force us to retire from the race or training session and run looking for a toilet.
What about food? Let’s make use of it, as we will need the energy. But we should always test the food beforehand and never for the first time at the race itself. Bananas, almonds, even toasts, all these food have a favourable psychological effect, but they are not as easily digestible as a good energy gel or isotonic drink. In case we find products that work for us, we should consume food before or after the race.
How much is enough or rather, how much is too little? Let’s put it this way – it is almost always too little, as we deplete our glycogen stores faster than we are able to fill them. Recommendations vary between 45g for regular activity, 60g for strenuous activity, and 90g of carbohydrates per hour for long high-intensity activity. This means we can manage with two energy gels (or one serving of the isotonic drink and one energy gel) for medium-intensity workouts that last more than two hours and a half. For any workout lasting four or more hours, we recommend three energy gels per hour or two energy gels and one serving of the energy-hydration drink per hour.
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF THE 4ENERGY GEL?
Whoever experienced strenuous activities is fully aware of how delicate the stomach can become in those conditions. The best source of carbohydrates is the one that can be simply dosed (without losing time) and doesn’t cause digestive issues.
Maltodextrin is a sequence of glucose molecules that regardless of its structure has an extremely high glycemic index – fast availability is absolutely necessary, as it is essential for the body to quickly use an external source of energy rather than switch to glycogen. Maltodextrin is less sweet than glucose, quickly oxidises during exercise, and its main advantage is that it doesn’t cause discomfort even if a large quantity of energy gels is consumed.
The 4Energy gel has isotonic properties, as it contains 22g of carbohydrates (88 kcal) per 66ml, only 3.2g of which are simple sugars. To maltodextrin is added fructose, which absorbs with the assistance of the fructose receptor (GLUT5).
Another advantage of the 4Energy gel is its genuine, fresh, relatively mild flavour that we don’t get tired of – freshly squeezed fruit juice and just the right density make us “squeeze” them with joy.
The 4Energy gel doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners, colorants, and flavour enhancers, as fructose enhances the natural flavour of the juice. It also contains a negligible amount of thickening agents.
Under supervision, it is also suitable for the youngest athletes.