SPORTS DRINK OR GELS: SO WHICH ONE IS BEST?
THERE are two types of endurance athlete: those who prefer to use gels and those who don’t. Are those who stick resolutely to sports drinks better or worse off?
That’s the question asked by leading sports nutritionist Dr Asker Jeukendrup on his website mysportscience.com. So what’s the answer?
Jeukendrup says that trials at the University of Birmingham rigorously compared the effects of both isotonic approaches, only to find neither out-performed the other. “The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter whether the carbohydrate is delivered as a sports drink or as a gel with water,” Jeukendrup says. “A note of warning: if the gel is consumed without the water, then the stomach contents will be highly concentrated and this will slow down the gastric emptying of the fluids and is also more likely to give gastrointestinal problems.”