“You could just ingest pure electrolytes and fuel for you training – bland but effective – but what fun would that be?”
This blog is about a gel company I found through my Twitter friends. I love honey and am always on the prowl for good-tasting run fuel. I have tried flavours that have sounded good like peanut butter and maple bacon and sometimes have been disappointed (the bacon one tasted like sweet, greasy burnt bacon)(BIG Yuck).
So I stumbled across this honey-based fuel from New Zealand. Manuka honey is a honey produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the manuka tree. The honey is commonly sold as an alternative medicine.
Manuka Sport (Bee-Fit) Energy gel
The Manuka website says that Manuka honey is a natural unprocessed sugar-fructose and glucose- that directly enters the blood stream and delivers a quick punch of energy.
It is all natural and has no banned substances (good) and the reason they chose honey can be explained from an excerpt from their website:
“The increased levels of carbohydrates in honey make it a clinically proven option as a 100% natural source of energy. The body absorbs the Glucose in honey quickly, releasing an instant energy boost. The Fructose in the honey is absorbed by the body slowly, offering a controlled energy delivery.
Honey has also been clinically tested to sustain blood sugar levels for a much longer period than other forms of refined sugar and carbohydrate snacks, which mean it is suitable for most athletes.”
Research about benefit of honey:
What I thought
I took the gel samples sent to me and lined them up for testing on some runs. Although coming back from some downtime (after an October marathon and 100k run) I figured I could test on some runs home from work.
The gel package is a little longer than many I have had before and feels less gel-like (gooey and solid) in the package. Grabbed on the run, bit off the end and squeezed some into my mouth on the go. The one I had was citrus flavour.
- Was easy to get into mouth
- Less gel than gently, sweet, honey-based liquid
- Mildly citurs and I liked
- No powerful kick like maple syrup or pure honey
- Felt I was fueled and no stomach issues
This is a running fuel worth checking out and I hope to get hold of some more.
Find Manuka on their website: http://www.manukasport.com/
On Twitter: @ManukaSport
Run long and run hard my running friends! Have fun out there!
If you have some feedback, or something to review – love to hear from you!