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Gels & Chews

Here at The Feed, we have such a wide variety of gel & chew options that there's sure to be something to meet all of your gel needs. Read more to learn how to best use gels & chews in your training. 

Why should I use Gels and Chews? First let's talk about Gels, see below for info on Chews

Why Should I use Gels?

Carbohydrates are the preferred source of fuel for working muscles. As muscle glycogen (carbohydrate stores) run out, you can experience bonking. Gels contain fast-absorbing carbs that are easy to digest and keep energy stores topped off during exercise. This can help boost endurance performance and prevent bonking!

When should I use gels?

Save the gels for training sessions or competitions that are over an hour, when you're more likely to deplete your energy stores. Your glycogen stores will last for 2-3 hours, but it's a good idea to top them off after about an hour before they start running out.

How do I use gels?

It's a good idea to aim for around 60 grams of carbs per hour during endurance exercise, but you may be able to tolerate more or less depending on the person. Having one gel every 30-45 minutes is a great way to do this.

Do I have to drink water with gels?

Most gels are a thicker consistency, so you will need water to wash them down and also to ensure the proper delivery of nutrients to your muscles. There are a few gels (Maurten, SiS, and PowerBar) that are formulated so that you don't have to wash them down with water. However, you will still need water and electrolytes for general hydration.

When should I use gels with caffeine?

Caffeine is a legal performance enhancer and can help ward off physical and mental fatigue during long events. Have one gel with caffeine every couple of hours during long rides or runs, especially during the second half. You can also have one gel with caffeine 15-30 minutes before a hard training session or race. It's best not to exceed 400-500mg of caffeine in a day, so you may need to spread them out accordingly.

Why do gels have so much sugar?

Sugar is an easy to digest, fast-absorbing carbohydrate that can immediately be used by your muscles for fuel. Although it's a good idea to limit sugar throughout the day, it does serve a purpose during exercise and will be burned immediately for energy.

What is the consistency of the gels?

To help guide you through choosing a gel consistency, we have created a ranking system. We have assigned each gel a number on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being the least viscous (thinnest) and 10 being the most vicious (thickest). Here is a chart summarizing all of the gel rankings

Viscosity  Gels
1 (thinnest)

 PowerBar Hydro Gel
2

Untapped Maple
3

PowerBar Original Gel, SiS Energy Gel
4

Honey Stinger
5

Huma Chia
6

VFuel, Hammer
7

AccelGel
8

GU Energy
9

Clif, Maurten (not a thick gel, more of a jello like texture*)

10 (thickest)

Muir Energy


What are your most popular gels?

  1. Maurten Gel: these are our #1 seller. They are very different from the traditional gel consistency, and are more comparable to a jello. They have no flavor, just a slightly sweet taste, and contains Maurten's unique hydrogel technology to perfectly time delivery of nutrients without causing stomach upset.
  2. Gu Energy Gel: as one of the original gel brands, GU has a tried and true formula. They offer the largest selection of flavor options, and have a long list of loyal customers to back them up
  3. SiS Energy Gel: these gels have a thin consistency and super mild flavor profile, so are easy to get down while exercising. They were designed to allow you to take them without water, and reduce risk for stomach upset.

What are some of your more natural gel options?

  • Huma Chia gels are made with real fruit puree and chia seeds
  • Honey Stinger gels contain honey, natural flavors and 95% organic ingredients
  • Muir Energy gels are made with real food ingredients like blackstrap molasses, almond butter, and fruit
  • Untapped Maple just contain 100% pure Vermont maple syrup, that's it!

Why buy gels at The Feed?

We have the largest selection of gels on the market. You can try one of each flavor or brand of gel and have them shipped right to your door. Once you find what you like, you can order by the box or mix and match individual gel flavors and brands to meet your unique needs.

 Why should I use chews?

Carbohydrates are the preferred source of fuel for working muscles. As muscle glycogen (carbohydrate stores) run out, you can experience bonking. Chews, like gels, contain fast-absorbing carbs that are easy to digest and keep energy stores topped off during exercise. This can help boost endurance performance and prevent bonking!

If they're similar to gels, when should I opt for chews vs a gel?

This is a personal preference. Both chews and gels do essentially the same thing, but some people prefer the gummy texture of a chew and don't like the viscosity of gels. You can always alternate between gels and chews to prevent flavor and texture fatigue during exercise.

When should I use chews?

Like with the gels, it's best to save the chews for training sessions or competitions that are over an hour, when you're more likely to deplete your energy stores. Your glycogen stores will last for 2-3 hours, but it's a good idea to top them off after about an hour before they start running out.

How do I use chews?

It's a good idea to aim for around 60 grams of carbs per hour during endurance exercise, but you may be able to tolerate more or less depending on the person. Having one serving of chews (usually 1/2 the package) every 30-45 minutes is a great way to do this.

Do I have to drink water with chews?

Yes, because chews are thicker and don't contain much moisture, you want to be sure to drink plenty of water with chews in order for the nutrients to get delivered to your working muscles and to prevent dehydration. Some chews are higher in electrolytes, so they can further help with hydration.

When should I use chews with caffeine?

Caffeine is a legal performance enhancer and can help ward off physical and mental fatigue during long events. Have some chews with caffeine every couple of hours during long rides or runs, especially during the second half. You can also have chews with caffeine 15-30 minutes before a hard training session or race. It's best not to exceed 400-500mg of caffeine in a day, so you may need to spread them out accordingly.

Why do chews have so much sugar?

Sugar is an easy to digest, fast-absorbing carbohydrate that can immediately be used by your muscles for fuel. Although it's a good idea to limit sugar throughout the day, it does serve a purpose during exercise and will be burned immediately for energy.

What are your most popular chews?

  1. Clif Bloks: these bloks are perfectly portioned to provide the optimal amount of carbs, calories, and electrolytes per block. They come in a variety of fruity and more unique flavors to help prevent flavor fatigue
  2. Skratch Labs Energy Chews: these chews are made with real fruit flavor, natural cane sugar, and are dipped in a sour, sugary coating to give them a unique taste that sets them apart from your average chew
  3. Honey Stinger Energy Chews: true to their name, Honey Stinger formulated these chews using honey, a natural clean-burning source of energy. Not to mention, they contain 100% of your daily vitamin C needs!

Why buy chews from The Feed?

Instead of having to purchase a box of all of the same flavor or brand of chews, here at The Feed we allow you to customize your box to your liking. Want one of every flavor of Clif Bloks in your box? Want to try one of each brand of chews? The Feed is your one-stop shop and we'll ship it right to your door.

 

Gels & Chews