I got into road cycling a few years ago, but never took it seriously. This fall I decided to start a TR program as I set a goal for myself to qualify for the GranFondo world championship in my age group.
Part of the training is learning about the required nutrition. Back when I first started cycling I used water and Gatorade for my rides. Before I knew how vital carbs are I dropped the Gatorade for something that had less sugar/calories. That’s when I found out about Biosteel. I’ve had great success with it over the past 8 months (cycling and playing soccer), but as I learn more about nutrition and hydration, I’m not sure if it’s the right product for cyclists.
As I understand it there’s hydration and carb mixes for mixing with water. Gatorade being a crappy combo. Biosteel, to me, seems to be a strictly hydration mix. My question then becomes, how good is it as a hydration mix? Is there someone who’s a little smarter than me that can give me a quick run-down of the stuff?
Here’s a link to it…
And here’s a quick look at the nutritional facts I pulled from that link.
AMOUNT PER SERVING (7 G)
SERVINGS PER CONTAINER 45
Fat 0 g
Sodium 140 mg
Potassium 30 mg
Carbohydrate 1 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 0 g
% DAILY VALUE
Vitamin B Blend
Biotin 0.3 mcg, Choline (Choline Bitartrate) 300 mcg, Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) 0.3 mcg, Folate (Folic Acid) 7 mcg, Inositol 300 mcg, Niacin (Vitamin B3) 300 mcg, Pantothenic Acid (Calcium D-Pantothenate) 270 mcg, Vitamin B6 300 mcg, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 300 mcg, Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 300 mcg
Amino Acid Blend
L-Leucine 1202 mg, L-Valine 544 mg, L-Isoleucine 544 mg, Glycine 460 mg, L-Glutamine 973 mg, Taurine 135 mg
Calcium (Calcium Carbonate from Lithothamnion pp.)(Aquamin™) 11.8 mg, Magnesium (Magnesium Citrate) 2 mg, Potassium (Potassium Citrate Monohydrate) 32.5 mg, Zinc (Zinc Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Chelate) 160 mcg.
Non Medicinal Ingredients
Beet Root Powder, Citric Acid, Natural Mixed Berry Flavour, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate Dihydrate, Lecithin.
Made in a facility that also processes milk, soy, sesame, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish/crustaceans/shellfish oils, and wheat products.