As I get more and more into road cycling, I've starting using energy drinks rather than just water. In the UK, the most commonly available are Science in Sport "Go", which has malodextrin and electrolytes, and "PSP22", which is just pure malodextrin. You can see the compositions at scienceinsport.com.
- Surely it is better to have a drink with both malodextrin and electrolytes, than just malodextrin? Or is it better to fill one bottle with Go and one with PSP22?
- What happens if you consume excessive amounts of electrolytes?
- I understand that malodextrin is a complex carbohydrate and so is "better" than glucose for use in sport fuel. Is this because it gives a more sustained release of energy and exerts less osmotic pressure on the gut?
What other types of complex carbohydrates are available and why are they better?