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e-Gel vs.
Honey Stinger Gel


e-Gel is the most complete energy gel on the market today while Honey Stinger has the highest sugar levels (100%), very low electrolyte levels and no amino acids or antioxidants.
  
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e-Gel

Stinger Gel

 Carbohydrates

  Calories 150 120
  Carb Grams 37 g 29 g
  Complex Carbs 30 g 0 g
  Carb Sources Maltodextrin
Fructose
Honey
  Sugars 18% 100%
  Maltodextrin is the preferred carbohydrate source for endurance athletes and as such it is the primary ingredient in e-Gel as well as most other good products on the market. Honey Stinger Gel on the other hand uses honey which is 100% simple sugar (compared to e-Gel which is only 18%)  The danger of high sugar content products such as Honey Stinger Gel 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. 

 Electrolytes    
  Sodium 230 mg 50 mg
  Potassium 85 mg 85 mg
  Electrolytes are critical to maintain hydration and to avoid cramping and injuries. e-Gel is the ONLY energy gel that is designed to provide complete and balanced electrolyte replacement. e-Gel has approximately five times the amount of sodium compared to Honey Stinger Gel. The sodium and potassium levels in e-Gel are designed to meet the American College of Sports Medicine's recommendation for electrolyte replacement during intense athletic activity.

 Amino Acids    
  Histidine no
  Leucine no
  Valine no
  Isoleucine no
  Amino acids help to reduce lactic acid build up, maintain muscle protein and aid in recovery

 Citrates    
  Sodium Citrate no
  Potassium Citrate
  Citric Acid no
  Citrates assist in the carbohydrate to energy conversion process as well as reduce and slow the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles.

 Antioxidants    
  Vitamin E 120% 0%
  Vitamin C 120% 0%
  Antioxidant vitamins C and E help protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process.

 Other Ingredients    
  Vitamin B6 10% yes
  e-Gel is the only energy gel to include vitamin B6 which assists in the energy conversion process.
  Caffeine none some flavors
  While caffeine may give a temporary mental boost, unfortunately it is a diuretic, meaning that it causes your kidneys to produce more urine - thus promoting dehydration. Proper hydration is critical to optimum performance, and in our opinion caffeine should not be incorporated into your sports nutrition program. Our recommendation has always been that if you feel that you NEED caffeine, then only use a caffeinated product (there are plenty on the market) near the end of your competition when you need the psychological boost the most and there is little time to cause dehydration. We strongly recommend against relying on a caffeinated product for the duration of the competition. None of e-Gel's flavors contain caffeine.

 Pricing    
  Retail Price $1.59 $1.39
  Cost Per 100 Calories $1.06 $1.15
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  When you consider that each pack of e-Gel contains 150 calories vs. 120 calories in a pack of Honey Stinger Gel, e-Gel is about 10% less expensive.

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Honey Stinger is a trademark of EN-R-G Foods, LLC.. The nutritional information shown above for Honey Stinger Gel is for a single serving packet of Honey Organic Gold  as published February 2012. Please refer to the manufacturer's web site or product packaging for the most recent information.


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