PowerGel Original Lemon-Lime is a 41 g energy gel that provides 107 calories and 26.7 g of carbohydrates, of which 9.8 g are sugars. The main sources of sugar are maltodextrin and fructose. It also contains 205 mg of sodium. The texture is a very thick syrup and the taste is cough medicine-like and missing the usual tartness in other lemon-lime products.
PowerBar is the world’s first manufacturer of energy bars for use in endurance competitions. If you’re like me, a 90s kid that came of age in the Pacific Northwest of the US, you’re no stranger to PowerBar’s rise in popularity during the decade. Not just the jocks were eating it. Many high school classmates ate the chewy bar as an everyday snack.
90s nostalgia, indeed.
Without further ado, here is my experience after using PowerBar’s PowerGel Original energy gels on a 16km run.
Here are four bullet points from the company:
Nothing outrageous here. After going through the product pages, I have to say PowerGel Original is a standard energy gel that give you what you need. It’s not trying to reinvent the wheel.
Maltodextrin provides glucose, and fructose offers another pathway for the body to produce energy during exercise.
I assume maltodextrin (glucose source) and fructose are the main ingredients for its “C2MAX Dual Source Carb Mix.” I couldn’t find the exact ratio of the two sugars, but it’s typically 2:1 glucose : fructose or near 1:1 in energy gels I’ve tested before.
Each pack of PowerGel Orginal is 41g and provides the following:
At 41 g, this energy gel is definitely on the heavy side. Yet its 26.7 g carbohydrate content is higher than the conventional 20 g in most gels.
I had the Lemon-Lime flavor. For some reason, in my head, I associated it with Gatorades’ lemon-lime sports drink. Their flavors couldn’t be more different. PowerGel Orginal Lemon-Lime is of the sweet-syrupy-medicine kind.
Too sweet and thick for me. I prefer more tartness in lemon or lime energy gels.
I applaud energy gel brands that innovate, particularly regarding packaging. Please see photos.
The package has what the company dubbed the “trash chain” near the opening. After you ripped open the gel, the little piece that often becomes litter stayed attached to the sachet. Me likey.
However, the energy gel is big, about 15cm long. Make sure it fits in your fuel-carrying gear before purchasing.
It was an early morning run on an empty stomach – 16km easy, with the last 4km at marathon effort to let loose and practice pacing. I took one energy gel minutes before the run and a second one at the 9km mark. I also carried a 500ml flask of water.
It’s a solid option. It’s not trying to throw a boatload of technology at you. It won’t bowl you over with extras. The ingredient list is simple, and the package is well-designed.
It’s a race fuel with ample carbohydrates and sodium. For us weekend warriors, it has everything we truly need.
Taste and consistency are below average, but this is highly subjective. I’m sure many people find it acceptable since it’s one of the best-selling brands in the world.
I give PowerGel Original Lemon-Lime a neutral rating. If the only option I see in a running store is PowerGel Original, I will have no problem using it because I know it will get the job done. However, I can usually find something equally effective but better fit my taste preference in most stores.
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