I ripped this open on a short ride in horribly wet and cold conditions and with all sincerity I really did think 'wow this tastes good- lemon and lime isn't even my favourite flavour!' There was a slightly sour kick at the back of my throat, as you might expect with lemon flavouring but that wasn't anything to complain about for me. It wasn't a chore to digest as the consistency is a little more watery than most other energy gels that I've had.
Now the science behind this gel and what might arguably set it apart from the rest. "25g fueling Quadcarb", "Contains electrolytes" is right on the front of the packaging. Time to find out what that actually means... From their website Quadcarb is described as 'a unique combination of four carbohydrate sources namely maltodextrin, sucrose, dextrose and fructose'. Time to do the 'googling' so you don't have to!
- Maltodextrin: A polymeric (meaning large molecule made up of subunits) carbohydrate. Easily Digestible. Absorbed as rapidly as Glucose.
- Sucrose: Might already be obvious but it's a sugar.
- Dextrose: 'a simple aldosic monosaccharide' (sugar basically..)
- Fructose: Fruit sugars 'that are absorbed directly into the bloodstream during digestion'
Seems Legit. That's a whole lot of science jargon, but I've pretty much concluded it's all there to give you energy. I felt a boost, psychologically at least, although that may well have been due to being in fairly dismal conditions. These gels are available in Holland And Barrett in store, and on their website here or via the Maxifuel website here.
A quick review of the Maxi-Fuel Mixed Fruit Flavour Gel will be here soon!