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Old 02-18-09, 02:42 PM   #1
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brown rice syrup vs energy gels?

Does anyone use brown rice syrup in place of energy gels? The brown rice syrup is less expensive, and it's organic. It seems like it would be a healthier alternative to maltodextrin-based energy gels.

Also, if you do use it, do you doctor it in any way to enhance the taste? Is there a way to decrease the viscosity?

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Old 02-18-09, 05:40 PM   #2
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What's unhealthy about maltodextrin?

The only breakdown I could find on brown rice syrup is 50% "complex carbohydrates", 45% dextrin and 3% glucose. Dunno what the complex carbohydrates actually is. It's the #1 ingredient of Clif bars and those work pretty well, so using it as a gel should work too.

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Some energy gels *are* largely brown rice syrup. Or honey.
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Clif Shot gels are brown rice syrup based
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I don't know the chemistry, but there is a "mixer" of some kind that will allow for bringing together to dissimilar semi-liquids - like rice-syrup and honey, etc......

I'd like to make some the stuff as well. But I think I might want add flavor to it using some thing like Knotts Berry Farm syrup or something. Pretty much end up with generic Hammer gel if I could.
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Now I remember - Citric Acid - somebody go get Citric acid and couple of pancake/rice syrups and mix up some kind of "juice" that's just about as thick as Hammer gel, but will still wash out of a bottle.

Then report back about how it works.
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I use it as a pre-ride fuel. 3 tbls. Brown rice syrup, 12 oz. milk, and squirt of hershey syrup. Works better if you put it in a shaker type container. The first time in a glass took about 4 minutes of stirring to combine.

It's still not the greatest tasting thing, but the best I've been able to concoct. Kinda sweet too.
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Does anyone use brown rice syrup in place of energy gels? The brown rice syrup is less expensive, and it's organic. It seems like it would be a healthier alternative to maltodextrin-based energy gels.

Also, if you do use it, do you doctor it in any way to enhance the taste? Is there a way to decrease the viscosity?

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"It seems like it would be a healthier alternative to maltodextrin-based energy gels." How could you possibly come to that conclusion???

The purpose of energy gels is to provide carbohydrates to the blood stream as fast as possible= maltodextrins with another simple sugar. If you don't have that requirement, you can use any carbo source you like.

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I don't think I can argue that brown rice syrup is going to be healthier than maltodextrin. Carbs is carbs and I fear there's risks of contamination either way. Could turn out that our digestive tract isn't meant to absorb concentrated maltodextrin. Could be there's something silently nasty in brown rice syrup like how people are starting to worry about soy giving you ***** tits. Both a maltodextrin plant and a brown rice syrup plant have plenty of ways for organic and non-organic contamination to enter the pipeline.

OTOH, I do resent the cost of energy gels and have a deep suspicion that all of the magical stuff they add is just giving me slightly more expensive and chemically complicated pee. So I'm all for mix-your-own gels. Just that I have yet to get motivated to screw around with 'em.
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I use honey...we have a mexican restaurant in town that has honey packets out for their sopapillas...I always am sure to take a couple extra for the road. Same size as a ketchup pack & fit nicely in my jersey. when warm, they're nice & smooth going down with a sip of water.
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