Noticed in my Facebook feed an advert for Elivar Sustain gels, which are made mostly with Isomaltulose, a low GI carb. I’ve also seen High5 sell a new slow-release energy drink with the same ingredient. The former claims to avoid insulin spikes and stomach upsets, the latter talks about “longer lasting energy” (links below).
From my point of view, if I’m having a gel or sports drink it’s because I’m in the middle of a race, chaingang, or hard workout, and I don’t want slow release, I want energy five minutes ago, or failing that, Right Sodding Now. And if I’m not in that situation and don’t need the energy quick, I’ll just have some food.
Also, when High5 talk about it being “longer lasting”, is that really true? Doesn’t it just take longer to get to your muscles and then last the same amount of time when it does eventually get there? Not quite the same.
Is there a purpose to them I’m missing? Wondering if possibly the drink could be good for carb loading the day before…