I've been doing some 50 mile and 60 mile rides over the last few weekends with the local group, and during our stops, I've purchased "fuel" from the convenience store. One day I got a hostess apple pie, and another day I picked up an oatmeal cream pie. I've heard/read that you should take in 200-300 calories per hour for fuel, and I'm drinking accelerade or gatorade, so I'm getting calories there. Anyway, I noticed the apple pie was 500+ calories, and the oatmeal cream pie was 300+ calories. After seeing that, I thought "gracious - I've got my calories covered for the next hour or two." I've also read that gels and stuff are better/more easily digested/something for fuel. So I've been wondering - what is the advantage of gels, bananas, and/or something like a cliff bar compared to a convenience store calorie bomb. Is it the carbs or the calories? What's the difference? How do they matter?
As a footnote, the pies were tasty!