Can a Gel Ruin Your Race?

By Kris Walker MD Sports gels are increasingly popular to use during exercise due to their convenience, ease of consumption, and quick delivery of energy.  Many sports gels contain gelling agents, which are food additives based on polysaccharides or proteins.  They are used to thicken and stabilize foods.  Some examples of gelling agents are guar […]

Quick Tip: EFS Liquid Shot solubility adds flexibility

EFS liquid shot was formulated without the use of gelling agents (gums) because the inclusion of gums slows gastric emptying, which is the last thing you want from your ‘gel’.   Another benefit is that solubility is improved greatly giving you the flexibility to mix the EFS liquid shot with water.  For example, you can add […]

Energy and Electrolyte Considerations

By Jeff Rocco MD Proper hydration for athletes requires more than water. Last month we established the critical role electrolytes play for exercising athletes. (See A Tale of Five Electrolytes)  During exercise electrical impulses are being carried, muscles are contracting, calories are burning, heat is being produced, and sweating occurs. To keep these systems within […]

Carbohydrates for Endurance-review of current research

Carbohydrates for Endurance Reviewed and Updated by ERB member Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, Sport Dietitian Intro: Energy for endurance exercise is fueled primarily by fats and carbohydrates, with carbohydrate utilization increasing as the intensity of the exercise increases. Thus, carbohydrates are crucial to competitive endurance exercise performance. In addition to food based carbohydrates, […]