e-Fuel Endurance Blend vs. Tailwind Endurance Fuel
comparison between Tailwind Endurance Fuel and e-Fuel is very straight
forward. Tailwind is 100% simple sugars and no complex carbohydrates
where e-Fuel provides more than 70% of it's energy via long chain
e-Fuel provides approximately 50% more electrolytes to maintain
hydration, avoid cramping and injuries and e-Fuel is
all natural with
NO artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.
Maltodextrin is the preferred carbohydrate source for endurance athletes and
as such it is the primary ingredient in e-Fuel. Tailwind uses 100% simple
sugar that increase the chances of blood sugar spikes and crashes (BONK) and
it reduces the amount of energy that can be delivered to the working
muscles compared to maltodextrin (more info).
Tailwind's usage instructions recommend using 2-3 scoops per 24 oz of
water. The numbers shown in the table above are based on 2 scoops/24 oz (the
same amount that is included in a single serve pack of Tailwind). Because Tailwind uses 100% simple sugars (dextrose and sucrose), these
carbohydrates raise the concentration (osmolality) of the drink much higher
compared to the complex carbohydrates (maltodextrin) used in e-Fuel. Using
more than approximately 1.5 scoops of Tailwind per 24 oz will increase the
osmolality into the hypertonic range (more concentrated than cellular
fluids), thus slowing the absorption rate.
mg - 200 mg*
e-Fuel is designed to provide complete and
balanced electrolyte replacement that is critical for proper hydration and
to avoid muscle cramping and injuries. 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. See additional
discussion below on sodium content.
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.
Neither Skratch or e-Fuel contain protein but there is a lot of mis-information
that has been published regarding the benefits of protein in your sports
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. Consequently,
independent studies have found no
benefit of protein in a sports drink. Save the protein for your recovery
drink. See the following article from the
American College of Sports Medicine for a more complete discussion:
Sodium * Tailwind's packaging indicates that per 27 gram scoop there are 303 mg
sodium which equates to 202 mg sodium per 8 oz serving. However, the
packaging indicates that the
sodium is derived from 188 mg of
sea salt and 115 mg of sodium citrate. It is important to note that these ingredients are not
100% sodium. 115 mg of sodium citrate only contains at most 30mg of sodium (see
discussion on slowtwitch.com). In addition, 188 mg of sea salt contains
only 88 mg of actual sodium (see
reference). So, based on the stated amounts of sea salt and sodium
citrate in Tailwind, this would equate to approximately 80 mg of sodium per
8 oz serving. In order to have the stated amount of sodium there would need
to be significantly more sea salt, sodium citrate or some other source of
sodium beyond that indicated on the packaging.
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The nutritional information shown above for
Tailwind Endurance Fuel as published on the company's web
site May, 2015. Please refer to the manufacturer's web site or product
packaging for the most recent information.
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