VIFIT SPORT ENERGY RANGE

Very soon the new Energy Range of Vfit Sport will be available in stores and in our online shop. In this article you will find everything you need to know about these products. 

CARBOHYDRATES

Carbohydrates are an important source of energy. Especially during exercising, you could use some extra carbohydrates. To make sure that sufficient carbs are available to be used as energy and subsequently maintain high intensity performance (going fast!), it is important to consume carbohydrates during exercise. How much? This depends on the duration of exercising and can be up to 90g/u for exercise that last longer than 2,.5 hours. 

Your body can only take up ~60 g/h of glucose. Ingesting more will simply not make sense and may lead to intestinal problems. However, there is a small trick to bypass this problem and to increase the total carb absorption: adding a different type of carbohydrate that is absorbed in a different way in your intestine. This results in an increased intestinal carbohydrate absorption, which could be up to ~90 g/h. Scientific research indicates glucose + fructose in the ratio of 2:1 has been shown to be one of the best combinations. 

2:1 GLUCOSE:FRUCTOSE RATIO

The Vifit Sport Energy Range contains the carbohydrates glucose + fructose in the ratio of 2:1 (or come very close to this ratio) in order to maximize carb absorption and minimize gastrointestinal problems. In addition, the energy gels and bars all contain 30 g of carbs per serving. This makes your nutrition planning a whole lot easier: you can just take 1, 2, or 3 servings per hour, depending on the duration of your exercise.

Next to carbohydrates, other nutrients can be really useful as well, such as sodium and caffeine. 

SALT (SODIUM)

During exercise, body water is lost through sweat, and thereby also sodium is lost. This needs to be replaced in order to maintain the electrolyte balance in the body. Moreover, adding sodium has several other benefits: it improves water absorption in the intestines, it stimulates thirst resulting in a drive for you to continue drinking, and sodium helps to better retain the ingested fluids. For these reasons 100 mg/serving of sodium is added to our energy gels and bars. 


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CAFFEINE

It is likely that the first thing you do in the morning is drink a cup of coffee to wake up. But did you know that coffee (or better: the caffeine in the coffee) can also improve your exercise performance? Research has shown that ingesting caffeine resulted in faster time trial performances!


That’s why, next to normal energy gels, Vifit Sport also have caffeinated energy gels that contain 50 mg caffeine (similar to a very small cup of coffee). You can for example take these gels before a race or hard training, or take them during long rides or races to give you just that extra sharpness. However, be a bit cautious with taking too much caffeine, especially when you are not used to it, as this can cause side effects such as a headache, anxiety, dizziness, and nausea. 


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