Gel 100 CAF 100
Imagine a product that combines hydrogel technology, carbohydrates and caffeine. Well, now it’s here.
Caffeine tastes bitter. The sports nutrition industry has historically tried to hide the bitterness in gels by adding flavors and acid, or by simply just having low levels of caffeine. But added artificial flavors won’t help you go faster. And you want sufficient levels of caffeine. So, we decided to simply circumvent the problem. By harnessing our Hydrogel Technology we’ve built a biopolymer matrix that is dense enough to encapsulate both the caffeine and the carbohydrate mixture. The result: GEL 100 CAF 100 – a true GEL with low bitterness, low sweetness, an effective level of caffeine and a lot of energy.
Again, it’s a world’s first.
The GEL 100 CAF 100 contains 100 mg of caffeine – that’s the equivalent of 1,5 espressos – or one cup of brewed coffee. That’s a lot, compared to many of the traditional gels out there. It delivers 25 grams of carbohydrates through a unique blend of fructose and glucose (ratio of 0.8:1) which enables uptakes of up to 100 grams of carbohydrates per hour. It packs a high weight to energy ratio and doesn’t contain any added flavors, preservatives or colorants. Just like all of our products, it’s vegan friendly.
Use the GEL 100 CAF 100 on its own during shorter durations, or combine it with other Maurten products to ensure you have enough energy throughout your session.
WHY CAFFEINE? Caffeine has been shown to increase alertness and reduce perceived effort. These are properties that can be beneficial in sports performance. The GEL 100 CAF 100 can be used for building up caffeine levels – on its own, together with regular coffee – or to achieve sufficient caffeine levels during activity.
AMOUNT OF ENERGY Studies have shown that our bodies can make use of up to 90 grams of carbohydrates per hour. Recent science has shown that the 0.8:1 fructose to glucose ratio enables even greater uptake – up to 100 grams per hour. The GEL 100 is developed by using this ratio and packs a lot of energy. One serving contains 25 grams of carbohydrates.
GEL 100 CAF 100 – HOW TO USE Developing a nutritional strategy for races or key sessions is complex. Everyone is different –and the caffeine absorption and metabolizing rate varies between individuals. There are two key factors that are important to take into account: your body weight and if you’re used to caffeine. Science suggest an intake of 3 mg of caffeine per kilogram body mass, to aid performance. But again, it’s highly individual. We’ve developed some general guidelines on how to use the GEL 100 CAF 100, based on our own findings and scientific literature.
DURATION <1 HOUR This strategy would require 1 serving of GEL 100 CAF 100.
BEFORE: A beneficial level of caffeine can be reached by consuming around 200 mg prior to the activity. This can be achieved by consuming one cup of coffee, in the hours before the event, and one GEL 100 CAF 100 during your warm-up. You could reach the level of caffeine by consuming two GEL 100 CAF 100, but the total amount of carbohydrates is a bit excessive for a short event.
DURATION <2 HOURS This strategy would require 2-3 servings of GEL 100 CAF 100. BEFORE: Aim at consuming 200 mg of caffeine prior to activity. That translates into consuming two GEL 100 CAF 100. For an event that is about two hours, having two GEL 100 CAF 100 is a convenient way of building up the caffeine levels – and top up the carbohydrates levels at the same time. Remember that one GEL 100 CAF 100 packs 25 grams of carbohydrates. DURING: About thirty minutes into the activity, consume another GEL 100 CAF 100 to ensure you keep your caffeine levels sustained. Don’t forget to replenish the carbohydrates. Aim at consuming 30-60 grams of carbohydrates every hour.
DURATION >2 HOURS This strategy would require min. 3 servings (depending on duration) of GEL 100 CAF 100. BEFORE: Consume two GEL 100 CAF 100 during the hours leading up to the event. Then you’ve reached an intake of 200 mg of caffeine and 50 grams of carbohydrates. DURING: About thirty minutes into the activity, consume another GEL 100 CAF 100 to ensure you keep your caffeine levels sustained. Aim at consuming one GEL 100 CAF 100 every second hour to sustain the caffeine levels. Don’t forget to replenish the carbohydrates – either by using the GEL 100, drinking Drink Mix 160 or Drink Mix 320. It’s ambitious, but aim at an intake of around 60 – 90 grams of carbohydrates every hour.
Remember, these guidelines are simplified and should only be used as a rule of thumb. Caffeine isn’t for everyone. If you’re unsure or pregnant, consult a doctor. And always keep in mind that there’s no point of pushing your caffeine intake. You can never compensate for training and over consumption won’t help you.
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