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Hammer Gel (vol 9.13)

Enjoy sustained energy without peaks or crashes!

By Steve Born

Despite the ever-increasing choices of energy gels available, Hammer Gel continues to reign supreme when it comes to a convenient, healthy, and economical way to supply your body with quick-acting, long-lasting energy. The following four reasons make it distinctly clear why Hammer Gel should be your energy gel of choice:

1.) No added, non-beneficial "ose" sugars - To enjoy the kind of highquality, sustained energy that you're looking for, it's imperative to avoid the use of any fuel that contains added carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, the ones with the last three letters "ose" in their name (i.e., glucose, sucrose, fructose, etc.). "Ose" sugars are undesirable choices because:

  • They provide inconsistent and short-lived "flash and crash" energy. Riding a roller coaster of energy - feeling great for a few brief moments, then struggling to get out of an energy rut - is no way to enjoy your workouts or achieve top race results.
  • "Ose" simple sugars supply very low and almost always inadequate amounts of calories that the body can accept, assimilate, and utilize for energy. A calorically weak simple sugar concentration of 6-8% is the limit for quick conversion to energy; higher concentrations will be substantially delayed from digesting efficiently, resulting in an increased risk of stomach-related problems such as nausea, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea.
  • They increase the potential for overhydration and its host of associated problems. When you try to fulfill your body's optimal calorie requirements by consuming increased quantities of energy gels that contain simple sugars, you have to drink copious amounts of fluids to adequately digest them.

Bottom line: Using "ose" sugars to fuel your body is similar to lighting a piece of paper on fire. You get a fast heat, but it's a v-e-r-y limited amount. It burns out quickly, and you have to continually feed the fire. That's just flat-out inefficient and wrong. Check the labels on energy gels for "ose" sugar, and avoid it - you don't want or need that garbage in your body!

2.) Stable, sustained energy from complex carbohydrates (maltodextrin) - Complex carbohydrates are superior to simple sugars, providing numerous performance benefits: