Thanks for that @Bud_Seitzinger! Very cool.
I have fiddled around with these products quite a bit. Including making them myself…a process which I got the fam involved with & we had a lot of fun with it.
My conclusion is, for those athletes who have not or are unwilling to engage in gut training the Sodium Alginate products can provide some help. Since most athletes are oblivious about gut training (much less how to train the gut), sodium alginate products can be useful.
In my experience, people who really put in the effort to find the best product to consume on long rides…from a gastrointestinal distress perspective…are just doing crude gut training. If you try to maximize caloric intake on a few rides using product A…then you maximize caloric intake on a few rides using product B…then you maximize caloric intake on a few rides using product C…guess what? Product C works best. Product A probably sucked.
So a lot of folks just settle on the product they were using when their gut finally adapted & then swear by that product.
If you never do anything to train your gut, you’re probably better off using Maurten. If you train your gut, you might as well buy some fructose, buy some glucose, mix it appropriately & use that.