So just in case anyone else got swept up in the belle de jour marketing of SIS…
Make sure your read all labels all the time. Sure they are safe sport certified. That is cool bro. Cool.
Anyway, I go to fill up my bottles with SIS Electrolyte mix the other day and I look up at the label and under “Other Ingredients” there it is, blinking like a neon sign: ASPARTAME.
Now maybe its my veganism. Maybe it is my understanding of what aspartame does in the human GI tract, but I was pretty pissed off 1. at SIS and 2. at myself for not reading up on it before i purchased it as part of an SIS training package.
Anyway, buyer / cyclists beware.
I still use their gels, but the idea that they would ADD aspartame to a performance product kinda puts me off of them.
Interested in the studies you have. I know the entire cancer link has been more or less disproved but the GI part is a new claim to me - so I’m curious what you’ve read and which peer reviewed journals they’ve been published in
Because to put in an equivalent level of sugar to sweeten the electrolyte mix would result in it being a carb drink and not an electrolyte mix? How else are they gonna get it sweet (or even just balance out the taste vs salt and other stuff in there)?
If you read above it had nothing to do with that. Its that I discounted aspartame or other artificial sweeteners being a big deal until I started doing some research on food additives, because I became more concerned about what was actually in my food.
I actually had a similar realization recently with SIS gels. Once my current stock is gone, I will be searching for an alternative without the artificial sweeteners. I really don’t understand why a sugar gel needs it. I’m okay with more calories in this instance.
I think I sorta get it. But I have a moderately allergic reaction to posts that assume consensus over scientifically controversial issues, particularly nutrition. Your post implied that we all share your read of a pretty diverse and inconclusive literature, and that kind of thing wakes the sh*t stirrer in me. I promise, I can sometimes be nice as well.