Try maple syrup energy gel!
If you haven’t got on the maple syrup energy gel bandwagon yet, it’s about time you get with the program! Seriously, what have you been waiting for? Why are you still holding onto your PowerGel and Gu packets for dear life?
Ok, seriously now, I have been using maple syrup as workout fuel on longer training rides for several years now. I have experimented with maple syrup/honey mixes and have found that for me, I prefer straight maple syrup with some salt added.
Here are my 7 reasons for using maple syrup as fuel to replace energy gels for longer, hard workouts:
- Maple syrup contains about 2/3 sucrose, a sugar, which when broken down by the body is absorbed as glucose and fructose. Since the body can absorb these separately, having a combination of both can help to provide higher overall caloric uptake during exercise.
- Maple syrup is natural and does not often have added ingredients.
- Maple syrup has some minerals including iron and zinc.
- You can easily take smaller servings than a whole gel packet at one time. I don’t always like to down a whole gel packet and having a flask allows me to take what I want and use the rest later. If there is some left over at the end of the ride, I put it in the fridge until the next time I need it.
- Using maple syrup allows me to mix in some sea salt or mineral salt to add a little bit of salty flavor and help with sodium intake.
- Maple syrup has a slightly thinner consistency which makes it easier to swallow during hard efforts or while exercising in cooler weather.
- Maple syrup tastes great. I have not experienced “flavor fatigue” with maple syrup the way I have with some other gels.
Check out this video to see how I mix my maple energy fuel that I use on longer, hard training bike rides.
So, get on board and give maple syrup a try! Not only is it a great, natural alternative to commercial energy gels, but it has some great advantages as well.