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Sports Drinks:
Simple Sugars vs. Complex Carbohydrates


Why is the type of carbohydrate in your sports drink important?

Simple sugars in your sports hydration drink will rapidly increase your blood sugar - so what's wrong with that?

If you spike your blood sugar level then you will have lots of energy ... for a little while, and then it will come crashing down. This doesn't work so well for "endurance" athletes. Simple sugars can do just that, a little bit is okay but too much will quickly raise your blood sugar. If it could stay elevated life would be great, but unfortunately it can't, and when and comes back down it drops (crashes) well below where it started. When this happens during athletic activity it is a dual edged sword.

First, your performance will drop as the blood sugar drops because your body is depending on that energy that is no longer available. More importantly, when your blood sugar spikes, your body will temporarily stop releasing insulin which plays a critical role in the energy conversion process. When insulin is released from the pancreas, it travels through the bloodstream to the body's cells and tells the cell doors to open up to let the glucose in. Once inside, the cells convert glucose into energy to power your working muscles. If your insulin level drops then your body will no longer be able to as efficiently convert your muscle glycogen and glucose into usable energy ... here comes the BONK!!!

The goal is to maintain a consistent blood sugar level without the spikes and crashes, and this is achieved by relying primarily on complex carbohydrates and low sugar levels, and that's exactly what you get with e-Fuel!

 

How Much Sugar is in Your Sports Drink?


 
e-Fuel

29%

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GU Hydration

50%

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Clif SHOT Electrolyte

53%

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Cytomax

55%

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EFS Endurance

55%

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Powerbar Perform

55%

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Accelerade Hydro

80%

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Accelerade

95%

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Osmo Hydration

100%

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Skratch Hydration

100%

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Tailwind

100%

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Gatorade

100%

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