Energy Chews for Endurance Athletes
7 Energy Chews to Try
Goo, gel, that weird stuff in the silver wrapper: by any name, the thick, sugary blob of calories runners slurp down for nutrition on long runs does have a gross-out factor. But training for a long distance race like a half-marathon or marathon doesn't mean you're doomed to sucking down goop every weekend. Enter energy chews.
Like gels, energy chews contain carbohydrates (and sometimes caffeine) for energy, along with dehydration-fighting electrolytes in the form of sodium and potassium—to replace the salt lost through sweat. (Search: What do electrolytes do?) And in most cases, chews are easier to eat than gels because there's no toothpaste-tube-flattening effort required. While many chews are marketed toward runners, they can be used to fuel all kinds of exercise—including cycling and hiking. Here's a roundup of seven chews and who might like them.
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*Caffeine is per serving unless otherwise stated.