Endura Sports Gel…Really?

Written by Sheridan

March 26, 2014

Cyndi was given this convenient sized sports energy gel at the end of her Mooloolaba Triathlon race, that athletes are meant to consume before, during or after exercise. Quite frankly, we wouldn’t want to put it near our skin, let alone ingest it.
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Here’s the ingredients:

Maltodextrin, purified water, fructose, flavour (natural <1%), guar gum, xanthum gum, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, citric acid, sodium benzonate (preservative), potassium sorbate (preservative), caffeine.

Almost every ingredient in this product is an isolate, which is something completely separated (with chemicals) away from its natural form. They have become so far from nature that our body would not know what to do with them, resulting in an unfavourable immune response and therefore inflammation. Inflammation is one of the leading cause of illness today, such as heart disease and autoimmune diseases.

Let’s look at maltodextrin for an example, as it is the first ingredient. Firstly, it is derived from either hybridized wheat or corn (most likely genetically modified). From one of the two products, maltodextrin is produced by partitial hydrolysis of the starch. It is used as a thickener or filler, and it is in the form of a white powder when it is added to countless processed foods, just like the photo below. What I wonder is, how does it become a white powder? Is it bleached?

I would also like to point out that it contains two preservatives, which in fact kills our crucial gut micro-flora in. What bugs are going to want to eat this? Are two preservatives REALLY necessary?

I am not sure why anyone would think that this is the most important ingredient to be consumed by an athlete before, after or during exercise.


What is an alternative to this? What will hydrate you? 
No, this mix will not give you the energy boost that most synthetic ingredients give you, though it will replenish your electrolytes. If you are looking for some energy, have an espresso!
1/8th of a teaspoon of Changing Habits Seaweed Salt 
500 ml’s of filtered water
1 1/2 tbsp of Changing Habits Rapadura Sugar (depending on how sweet you like it) or 1 squeeze of half an orange or one whole lemon
1 cap-full of Changing Habits Colloidal Minerals
OR, 100%, pure, organic coconut water is also fantastic for replenishing electrolytes.
Nature knows best. 
Happy Changing Habits
Changing Habits Admin

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