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"I have used your e-gel and e-fuel to enhance my running experience but this story is not about running. My family and I took a trip to Nepal and did the trek into Everest Base Camp. On our fourth day of treking we were at 15,000 feet and got caught in a blizzard. The temperature dropped quickly and the wind was howling. My 9 year old son started having problems. He was getting very cold, even with his storm gear on, and wanted to sleep. If we came close to a large rock he would lay his head down and try to sleep. Carrying him was not an option we wanted to use because he would have gotten colder. We tried to get him to eat some chocolate but he would not take in very much. I finally got him to eat an e-Gel and start drinking some e-Fuel. The recovery was amazing! Within 10 minutes he was talking up a storm and forging on. We were at our camp site an hour later and he was running around playing with some of the village children. I am not sure what we would have done without the e-Gel and e-Fuel. We take it everywhere with us now. " (read more)   

Diane Goedde
Product: e-Fuel
Sport: Running, Hiking
Red Lodge, Montana
User since: March 2005

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e-Fuel Endurance Blend
Accelerade Hydro 

Accelerade Hydro is 80% sugar and virtually no complex carbohydrates, this greatly increases the risk of blood sugar spikes and the dreaded BONK. e-Fuel on the other hand has very low sugar levels.

Accelerade's claim to fame is the addition of protein in a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein. The company funded research that suggests that the addition of protein is beneficial, but independent research has shown that these claims have no merit. Protein in your sports drink DOES NOT boost performance (see links below for additional information).

For a more complete discussion of each ingredient and the differences between e-Fuel and Accelerade, click on the ingredient links on the left side of the table.





  Calories (8 oz serving) 80 40
  Complex Carbs 14 g 1 g
  Sugars (% of total carbs) 29% 80%
  Sugar Substitutes and
Artificial Sweeteners
None Sucralose

  Sodium 150 mg 120 mg
  Potassium 60 mg 40mg

  Sodium Citrate no
  Potassium Citrate no
  Citric Acid

  Vitamin E 60% 0%
  Vitamin C 60% 0%

Protein 0 g 1.5 g

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Maltodextrin is the preferred carbohydrate source for endurance athletes and as such it is the primary ingredient in e-Fuel as well as most other good products on the market. Accelerade Hydro is 80% sugar. The danger of high sugar content products such as Accelerade Hydro is that they can elevate your blood sugar level too far too fast which can lead to a sugar crash (also known as bonking). Higher sugar content also raises the osmolality of the product which can reduce energy delivery, delay fluid absorption and promote dehydration. 
e-Fuel is designed to provide complete and balanced electrolyte replacement that is critical for proper hydration and to avoid muscle cramping. The sodium and potassium levels in e-Fuel are designed to meet the American College of Sports Medicine's recommendation for electrolyte replacement during intense athletic activity.
The Citrates in e-Fuel assist in the carbohydrate to energy conversion process as well as reduce and slow the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles.
e-Fuel is one of the few sports drinks on the market that contains antioxidant vitamins C and E to help protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process.
Accelerade's claim to fame is the addition of protein in a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein. The company funded research that suggests that the addition of protein is beneficial, but independent research has shown that these claims have no merit. Protein has to go through a digestive process which draws blood away from working muscles to the stomach and intestines. When you are competing in an aerobic activity you want as much blood as possible supplied to your muscles carrying fresh oxygen for the energy conversion process. 

Here are links to the research that show that protein in your sports drink DOES NOT boost performance:

      American College of Sports Medicine
      Failure of Protein to Improve Performance when Added  to a Sports Drink

      Science Daily
      Protein-added Sports Drinks Don't Boost Performance

      About Walking
      Sports Drink with Protein No Better for Endurance



The nutritional information shown above for Accelerade is for an 8 oz serving of ready to drink Peach Mango Accelerade as published December 2008. Please refer to the manufacturer's web site or product packaging for the most recent information. Accelerade is a registered trademark of Mott's LLP.

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