First of all, I'm just a old fashioned backpacker, rather ignorant of the high tech energy strategy utilized by present day endurance runners, who can use and will appreciate any help in understanding
the advantages of energy gels etc. over traditional
My initial thinking is if energy gels deliver 100-120
calories/poutch, I assume 1 oz/poutch, then I can get more calories/oz from nuts(175-200), potato chips & cookies(150-160), crackers & cereal(110-130), salami &
beef jerky(80-100) delivering fat, complex carbs &
protein at a fraction of the cost and weight of energy
gels, so why use the gels?...I know gels are instant
energy, while the other foods need to be digested, and some are rich in protein & sodium.
But, my thinking is I can get all the protein & sodium I
need from nuts, salami & beef jerky, again at a fraction
of the cost & weight of gels, and, for quick energy I can hunk down some M & M's or a Sniker bar, again at a fraction of the weight & cost of gels.
Sniker bars worked well for Brian Robinson on his
So, from a weight and cost point of view energy gels
don't seem to add up...there must be something else
I am not factoring in that makes endurance athletes prefer gels...help me out here.