Wondering if the science folks have further insight they can share into the likeness or differences between using raw honey, pure maple syrup, or something like an SIS gel.
Given @ambermalika comments on recent podcasts about the gel before starting and staying on top of carbs throughout the rides I’ve been giving it a go with good results. Problem is SIS gels are not the cheapest things to get your hands on, while raw organic honey or maple syrup is. And for trainer rides little squeeze bottles can work just fine vs. out on the road logistics.
From what I have found 1 tablespoon of honey is 21grams and contains 64cal and 17g of carb.
Maple syrup is 38g for 100cal with 26g of carbs.
An SIS gel is ~60g and contains 87cal of energy, and 22g of carbs
Obviously a tablespoon of honey is not equal to 60g in an SIS gel, so even if dosed up the equivalent honey would be 180cal and 51g of carb. Pure maple syrup (not store bought) has very similar nutritional info.
Is there any practical difference between a honey/syrup gel vs. a SIS gel for trainer use?