Research

The study examined

  • The impact of energy gels on the performance rate of the neuromuscular system

  • Respiratory gas variables, pulse as well as the glucose and lactate levels of plasma during different training loads

  • Performance in endurance tasks

Taste

According to the survey that the test subjects filled after their performance, the honey-based energy gel had the most pleasant taste.

Methods

The test subjects in the study were nine men who had a background in team sports. The subjects were made to run at the aerobic threshold for 45 minutes, after which speed was increased thrice in five-minute intervals, and the third level was maintained until exhaustion (80%, 85% and 90% VO2max).  The subjects performed the same pattern three times using a different gel.

P-GLUC.

Consuming energy gels that contained carbohydrates (honey-based gel and control gel) maintained the subjects’ blood glucose levels at a higher level during steady stress and when speed was increased as well as after recovery.

Gels and drinks used in the study

  • Honeysty natural honey-based gel (carbohydrates 44 g/100 g of gel, fructose and glucose)
  • Commercial sports drink used as a control gel (carbohydrates 55 g/100 g of gel, maltodextrin and fructose)
  • Placebo gel (carbohydrates 0 g/100 g of gel)

Results/Conclusions

  • Consuming energy gels that contained carbohydrates (honey-based gel and control gel) maintained the subjects’ blood glucose levels at a higher level during steady stress and when speed was increased as well as after recovery.
  • According to the survey that the subjects filled after their performance, the honey-based energy gel had the most pleasant taste.
  • According to the subjects’ answers, the honey-based gel had the best effects and felt the most pleasant both during and after performing.
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