SPORTS DRINK OR GELS: SO WHICH ONE IS BEST?

Athletics Weekly - - Performance -

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.”

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