Like nutritious sweets for cyclists, these delicious chews deliver a jolt of fast-acting carbs and other essentials to fuel your ride.
Six gummy sweet products that keep your sweet tooth in check – and keep you pedalling.
BABY BOP Maynards Enerjelly Babies will take you back to your childhood while keeping you going on the bike, too. One serving ( 75g) supplies 946kJ, mostly through carbs, while a small helping of protein will aid recovery. These multicoloured jellies also have about 69mg of sodium to help restore electrolytes. sweet stuff: Glucose syrup, sugar, fruit juice;
R6.95, tigerbrands.co.za SOLID TASTE Easy on the palate, and free of fat – you’ll learn to love Energade Sports Jellies. They’re multicoloured, and therefore multi-flavoured. One serving (25g) supplies 336kJ and 79mg of sodium; There’s also a good helping of potassium ( 72mg). sweet stuff: Sucrose, glucose;
R10.00, energade.co. za BERRY BLAST GU’s Energy Chomps are the stickiest of the bunch, and tasted vaguely like the company’s sports drink mixes. That’s not a bad thing, as the mild, blueberry/pomegranate flavours are a big hit with those who use GU. Each 753kJ pack has 100mg of sodium; three of the seven flavours provide a dose of caffeine. sweet stuff: Maltodextrin, sugar, tapioca syrup; R40.00, guenergy.co.za ENERGY SHOT The texture of 32Gi Chews is like real jelly. Easy to chew and eat, so they won’t hamper your breathing; but the lack of flavour may put some off. A 50g pack delivers 568kJ and 62mg of sodium. sweet stuff: Glucose, fructose;
CITRUS SNAP Bioplus Bio-Jellies are squishy, and the taste hits the spot without putting you or your stomach off. They pack few nutrients, but one 75g pack does contain 1 083kJ, for the perfect kick before a big climb. sweet stuff: Glucose, sugar; R10.95, bioplus.co. za ROLL ON Maynards Original Wine Gums are a staple, and we wouldn’t get away with writing this article without them. We all know what they taste and chew like (shame on you if you don’t), but the kick comes from 711kJ extracted from 31g of complex carbs. There’s also a healthy dose of protein ( 3.1g), which will help you recover on the go. sweet stuff: Glucose syrup, sugar; R5.95, tigerbrands.co.za