I apologize if this meets a new level of frugality and ignorance but this seems like the place to ask.
I don’t love the texture of gels, but have had no issues with them and have also had no problems with the use of chews or bloks, I’ve also expierimented with all liquid nutrition (infinit) with again no major complaints (aside from cost/availability) What I’m curious about is though is what real food/“not produced for the endurance industry” options others have expierimented with.
While I was eating my kid’s Halloween candy (after they went to bed of course) I noticed that there was some fruit gummies that reminded me a lot of clif bloks. I tried to look up the differences nutritionally and couldn’t find much. Definitely more sodium/electrolytes is the bloks and seem ever so slightly more calorie dense, but is there any other differences I’m not noticing? Something about crushing a box of mike n Ike’s sounds awesome while I (hopefully) fly by the competition (thanks TR!)
I’ve use bars and bananas, etc on training rides and don’t typically have gut problems from anything, but have avoided “real food” options for racing (Olympic/70.3 tris) to avoid my gut doing too much work.
I know nutrition is a polarizing topic, but thought I would throw this out there. I’m going to expieriment with this anyway but wasn’t sure if there was something I would be missing (assuming I stayed on track calorie wise and got my electrolytes through fluids)