Energy Gel Sachet Vs Orange Juice

The average 35g energy gel contains:

23g Carbs (approx 16g Maltodextrin, 7g Glucose)
40mg Sodium (100mg salt equivalent)


200ml orange juice:

20g Carbs (approx 20g Fructose)
0g Sodium

Not a bad match some might say? However, consider this!

Sodium is integral to maintain electrolyte balance and therefore training capacity. Depletion of any mineral impacts on muscle contractile tissue and energy delivery! Sodium is also vital to rehydration, through consuming Sodium your body absorbs more water via a process known as osmosis (movement of water from an area of low solute i.e. sodium concentration, to an area of high). This osmotic shift speeds up the absorption rate of fluid, promoting thirst and further encouraging hydration!

Orange juice contains the same amount of carbohydrate as the energy gels, but consists of 100% sugar! On the other hand, the energy gel is comprised of approx 50% quick releasing sugar and 50% moderate release maltadextrin, meaning energy is delivered rapidly but lasts for longer.

And to sum it all up, the energy gels deliver all of this nutrition in just 35g, in convenient pocket size sachets, and do not sit heavily on your stomach or cause unwanted acid reflux and other acid related side effects when exercising (British Dietetic Association, 2009)!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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