Energy Gels

When do energy gels begin to work?

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11/03/2013 at 23:34
I am looking for research articles on when and how Energy Gels work? I want to know if they work in a few minutes or in 30 mins.
cougie    pirate
12/03/2013 at 08:34
I've read it's about 20 minutes.
12/03/2013 at 08:45

Probably about that to be absorbed and used - though, trials show you can fool the brain into thinking you've had carbohydrate by rinsing your mouth out with a carb solution and you still get a performance increase: not sure how long this effect takes.

My cousin swears his caffeine containing gels worked in last weekend's HM within less than 5 minutes each time.

12/03/2013 at 13:04

Next Tuesday

Rafiki    pirate
12/03/2013 at 13:39

It depends on the gel and the individual - surprisingly! Some contain about 10 -15% fructose which can be absorbed and utilised within 2 or 3 minutes. The other 85% is normally maltodextrin which can take upto 20 mins to be absorbed - so you get a continuous supply of 'extra' energy throughout this timeframe.

So your cousin may be right, Daeve

12/03/2013 at 13:46

and if they're caffeine loaded gels, you can get that caffeine hit within a couple of mins and before the carbs have kicked in - it can feel a bit like a rocket boost

12/03/2013 at 14:18
Where are you getting your information? I am looking for proof. I want data. Where is the research?
12/03/2013 at 14:25
Who cares about data ? Everyone above uses then, as I do and we understand how it affects us...

Too many variables anyway, some one FB's or my size can metabolise a beer quicker than a midget, I expect the same is true for a gel..

Always worth trying them out during training
Edited: 12/03/2013 at 14:34
12/03/2013 at 14:38
Shelly, proof / data from consumers of gels? If you are looking for good and bad research data would the manufacturers / researchers be a good starting point, or get reading Tim Noakes for some unbiased research.
cougie    pirate
12/03/2013 at 14:41
Shelly - maybe try google if you're wanting specific information. I'm not doing your work for you.
Rafiki    pirate
12/03/2013 at 14:46

Try google!! it took me 2 minuteds to find half a dozen pier reviewed articles on said subject

Rafiki    pirate
12/03/2013 at 14:46

sorry Cougie - x post!!

cougie    pirate
12/03/2013 at 14:51
Great minds eh ?

(and is it just me - or does she come across quite arsey ?)
Rafiki    pirate
12/03/2013 at 14:58

maybe its caffenine gel withdrawl?

cougie    pirate
12/03/2013 at 15:07
I hope you've got research papers to back that up....

12/03/2013 at 15:18
Rafiki wrote (see)

maybe its caffenine gel withdrawl?

caffenine gel??  where can I get this caffenine stuff??  is it any better than caffeine?? I need to know.  and I need to know now.  I can't be arsed googling for caffenine as it keeps saying "do you mean caffeine?". just tell me now!!!  

12/03/2013 at 15:28

I see you're on LSD now, FB

12/03/2013 at 15:31
Bing and google searches don't give links to research on this topic. I don't want opinion articles. I am not asking for you to do my work. I am reaching out to the friendly running community to see if they have come upon any research. I don't want you to waste your time responding unless you can be helpful. And no I am not bad tempered, I am actually quite nice and joyful.
12/03/2013 at 15:39

Not trying very hard Shelly.. I googled "sports gels research" and first hit of thousands was

12/03/2013 at 15:41
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