Three Berry-Flavored Energy Gels

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published May 8, 2013
  • Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 9:39 PM UTC
Photo: Sue Fan/John David Becker

Three fruit-flavored energy gels to power your training and racing.

PowerBar PowerGel

The caffeine-free pomegranate blueberry açai flavor has the most watery texture of the bunch, making it easier to consume during a hard effort but also potentially a little messier. The flavor tastes like a very sweet berry blend, and does a suitable job masking a whopping 200mg of sodium (good for salty sweaters). Each 1.4oz packet contains 110 calories, 27 grams of carbs and 20mg of potassium. $1.49,

First Endurance EFS Liquid Shot

The wild berry flavor of EFS (electrolyte fuel system) Liquid Shot comes in a 5oz refillable and resealable flask, 3-5 times the size of an energy gel packet. In each flask: 400 calories, 100 grams of carbohydrate and 1,500mg of electrolytes (the most complete electrolyte profile of this review). The flavor seems closer to cake frosting or caramel than fruit, but is still a palate pleaser.

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel

If you like the taste of Honey Stinger’s energy chews, you’ll love this fruit smoothie-flavored, certified organic gel. The viscosity is similar to honey (organic tapioca syrup and organic honey are the first two ingredients), and the sweetness is mellower than the other two gels in this review. Each 1oz packet contains 100 calories, 23 grams of carbs, 50mg of sodium and 50mg of potassium.

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.

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