Friday, 13 May 2011
More new products on the way from Powerbar, this time it's a new energy gel, the Powerbar Fruit Gel. As the name suggests it's made from real fruit concentrate but what you can't tell from the name is it's been developed to have a more liquid consistency than the current Powerbar Fast Fuel Gels which should make it quicker to get down when you're racing.
Like many Powerbar products it's based on their C2MAX carb mix of glucose and fructose sources, which their research suggest can increase the amount of energy available to your muscles by upto 55%.
The other element worthy of mention is each sachets packs in 300mg of sodium (the key electrolyte lost through sweat), which we think is the highest on the market at the moment.
The current Fast Fuel Gels also have quite a high sodium content compared to other brands at 210mg per sachet so the new Fruit Gel is quite a way ahead in terms of sodium content. For comparison there's only 40mg of sodium in a GU gel and around 10mg in an SIS Go Gel. Exactly how much sodium is going to be a personal thing and depend on the conditions you're exercising in, but if you sweat a lot or are competing in hot conditions they may be worth trying.