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Old 05-26-15, 05:55 PM
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Chocolate Bars to Gels

I like to ask a question comparing Gels like Hammer Gels, or GU or Nuun or Powerbar Gels etc
would certain type of chocolate bars be very similar in same ingredients and benefit. considering both are just sweet sugar etc
if so what chocolate bars you think are comparable to a Gel
just thought of this.
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Old 05-26-15, 06:15 PM
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Snickers Bar

Serving Size 1 unit (52.7g) Calories 250
Servings Per Container 1 Calories from Fat 110
Amount/Serving %DV*

Total Fat 12g 18%
Sat. Fat 4.5g 23%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholest. 5mg 2%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Total Carb. 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 27g
Protein 4g

Vitamin A *
Vitamin C *
Calcium 4%
Iron 2%

* Contains less than 2% of the Daily Value of these nutrient(s).

MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, SKIM MILK, LACTOSE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), PEANUTS, CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, PALM OIL, SKIM MILK, LACTOSE, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, SALT, EGG WHITES, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

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Hammer Gel Apple-Cinnamon

Serving Size 1.7 tablespoons (33g)
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 90
Calories from fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 0g

Not a significant source of calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, or iron.
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Maltodextrin, Water, Apple Juice Concentrate, Energy Smart® (Grape Juice, Rice Dextrin), Malic Acid, Ground Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract, Potassium Sorbate (as a preservative), Salt, Amino Acids (L-Leucine, L-Alanine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine), Potassium Chloride.
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Old 05-26-15, 07:17 PM
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Anything from Lindt burns good fur me.
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Old 05-26-15, 08:34 PM
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The "essential" ingredients in this stuff are caffeine and sugar (of one sort or another). Just go to the manufacturers website, download the ingredient list and nutritional info, and compare. Anything you don't understand, just google it or come back here and ask.
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Snickers are OK once in a while, but too much fat for regular use if you're going hard. We like them for touring. "Chocolate bars" don't work. Too much fat. As you see above, they are not at all similar.
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Old 05-28-15, 03:37 PM
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Simple carbs are best
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Old 05-28-15, 03:56 PM
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Chocolate bars are great, except for one thing. Down here below the 49th parallel, it gets pretty warm and a chocolate bar is going to turn into a gooey mess before you get a chance to eat it.
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Snickers Bar

Serving Size 1 unit (52.7g) Calories 250
Servings Per Container 1 Calories from Fat 110
Amount/Serving %DV*

Total Fat 12g 18%
Sat. Fat 4.5g 23%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholest. 5mg 2%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Total Carb. 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 27g
Protein 4g

Vitamin A *
Vitamin C *
Calcium 4%
Iron 2%

* Contains less than 2% of the Daily Value of these nutrient(s).

MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, SKIM MILK, LACTOSE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), PEANUTS, CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, PALM OIL, SKIM MILK, LACTOSE, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, SALT, EGG WHITES, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

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Hammer Gel Apple-Cinnamon

Serving Size 1.7 tablespoons (33g)
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 90
Calories from fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 0g

Not a significant source of calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, or iron.
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Maltodextrin, Water, Apple Juice Concentrate, Energy Smart® (Grape Juice, Rice Dextrin), Malic Acid, Ground Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract, Potassium Sorbate (as a preservative), Salt, Amino Acids (L-Leucine, L-Alanine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine), Potassium Chloride.

I really like to use the fruit wedge candies in orange flavor over available alternatives. I can just pop it in and with only three per serving I wont have to eat all the time either.

I'd do the snickers for a snack at a control, but don't really enjoy the nuts while moving.

[h=5]Nutrition Facts[/h] Serving Size 3 pieces (42 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 150
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Sugars 28g
Protein 0g

Obviously it is sugar, and therefore not the best thing out there, but than again it just burns off in the ride.
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Old 05-31-15, 07:33 PM
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A nitroglycerine pill placed under the tongue distributes its power more rapidly than swallowing. Food entering the stomach requires certain time consuming actions to take place for the nutrients to be absorbed. Not only do different types of food get absorbed at different rates, some require much more energy from the body to do so. Fat laden protein takes a long time chocolate does not.

The convenient gel as apposed to chocolate candy is manufactured to have more beneficial nutrients along with faster absorption of those nutrients WHILE the body use less energy during the absorption.

I switched to e-gel e-Gel Electrolyte Energy Gel - Not Just Energy ... Electrolyte Energy! with this information Crank Sports e-Fuel - The First Liquid Concentrate Isotonic Sports Drink partially helping in my decision. Worked very nicely during my 112 mile non stop Ironman bike segment last year.
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A snickers bar has a relatively high glycemic load, yet only moderate glycemic index. This makes it a good cycling fuel especially for long hauls (as mentioned above).
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Old 06-03-15, 03:06 PM
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Snickers taste better than anything labeled "energy," the peanuts take a while to digest so the effect lasts longer, and it's great to eat them in or near an air conditioned store. On the other hand, if you're taking something for a snack tomorrow afternoon, it'll make an enormous mess.
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